Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a singer-songwriter, and I make sad music. I’m an artist, and I put my emotional struggles into my art. Music has always been my escape. I believe that no matter how many lives I’ve lived, no matter how many people I’ve been, I was an artist every time. Music is definitely what I identify with.

What do you think makes you stand out compared to other upcoming artists?

I think of myself as pretty emotionally open when it comes to music and writing. I don’t really present myself as anything that I’m not. I don’t think I need to create an imaginary image, because the whole point of my music is to not hide from yourself.

What led you to start creating music?

From the moment I was born, music was my life. It’s always been so important to me because it’s my escape. People need that, and mine’s music. I don’t think it was a decision, I just knew. I’ve never questioned it. I’ve never once thought about going somewhere differently with my life.

Jaz Valencia