Photo Credit: Caity Krone
“TONIGHT I DON’T EXIST” EP OUT NOW
LA-via-Miami singer and producer Ayleen Valentine today shares the music video for her single “Next Life,” her signing to The Azoff Company’s Giant Music Label, and a 2023 tour with Riz La Vie. Earlier this year, the 21-year-old Valentine released her debut EP, tonight i don’t exist. Needless to say, it’s been a busy year for Valentine and 2023 is shaping up to be the same.
The music video for ‘Next Life” opens with a dizzying 360 pan around Valentine for disorienting sensory immersion into her perspective. Self-produced, “Next Life” is a spartan affair, the song’s drowsy beat and languid tempo mirroring Valentine’s dejected, blasé mood.
In a crumbling and sparsely decorated apartment, Valentine is confronted by a faceless, hooded person, a physical manifestation of Valentine’s depression and dissatisfaction with her status quo. The video plays out as a struggle between the two and finds Valentine ultimately victorious, at once letting go of the past and conquering her own insecurities.
“I made this song last year after moving to LA, I didn’t know it at the time but it was helping me work out some feelings that I was never able to put into words or be vulnerable about,” Valentine shares about the track. “Essentially, it’s about losing interest in life and wanting to move on to the next one because you might find happiness somewhere else.”
More About Ayleen Valentine:
Growing up in Miami, FL, Ayleen Valentine always had a passion for songwriting and art. She dreamed of working with artists like James Blake, loved the rawness of rappers like XXXTentacion, and respected Grimes for her ability to self-produce. The 21-year-old Valentine recently dropped out of Berklee College of Music, where she had a full ride for music production, to move to LA and devote herself entirely to music. Drawing upon her Argentinian and Peruvian background, Ayleen incorporates a fresh, distinct perspective in her songwriting mixed with her solid production style.
(with Riz La Vie)
2/9/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
2/11/23 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
2/14/23 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
2/17/23 Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
2/18/23 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
2/21/23 Montreal, Canada @ Newspeak
2/22/23 Toronto, Canada @ Drake Underground
– More dates TBA –
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