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Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Valadez moved to Venice almost exactly eight years ago. “I moved in the day before Barack Obama got elected,” he recalls, as he takes his dog Smedley for his daily walk. “My first meal here, Obama got elected, and the place was cheering super loud. This is Venice. I like it. Eight years. It flies by.”

Known for his shows on KCRW and Fuse TV, Valadez doesn’t often release his own music. He’s more recognized for interviewing artists about their music than he is for being interviewed about his. But after dealing with the deaths of his mother and grandmother over the past two years, it was time for a release of his own.

“I wanted a proper release with a good label, and I wanted it to sound nice, and good, and cohesive. Kinda like a diary,” Valadez says of his new album, Fade Away, which is out now via Plug Research. “All these things that were happening in my life while I was recording I wanted to put into this cohesive project, and I wanted it to get heard, most importantly. “

As its title implies, Fade Away explores the idea of letting go of different things, people and emotions. “It fades away several things. It’s just how people come and go in our lives,” Valadez explains. “And I think recording, I just had a few people in my family pass away that were monumental to some degree.”

Losing his grandmother last year and his mother two years ago inspired him to make this album. “We were never close, but it was still sad,” says Valadez, who was raised by his grandfather, who passed away in 2001. “That feminine element that puts you in the world is no longer here. When that womb is gone it really makes you look at things differently.”

Recording Fade Away was therapeutic for Valadez, but not in the way he initially intended for it to be. At first, putting all his energy into the music was mainly a distraction. “There were unresolved issues” with his mother and grandmother, he admits. “So maybe to avoid dealing with that, I just kinda worked on music.”

But after a while, it became hard for Valadez to overlook the impact that losing these relatives had on him. The music itself, the instrumentation, reminded him of their influence on his life. He was forced to deal with the very thing he wanted to avoid.

“For some reason, there’s a lot of strings on this album,” he says. “I’ve grown up appreciating strings and I’ve always wanted to make an album that would make me feel a certain way. I’d send a track to people who were performing the strings, and I’m like, ‘I need this song to cry.’”

Valadez’s love of strings started when he was five years old and he heard Diana Ross’ “Theme From Mahogany” for the first time. “There’s a crazy string section in that song. And I’ve always wanted to replicate that because strings move me,” he explains. “And so, when I had access to all these string players, I knew that I wanted to do that on this album. I wanna make people feel the way I did when I was five.”

To make the video for Fade Away track, “Onward Solo Samba” (premiered above), Valadez and his friend Holly Gable took to the streets of L.A. and Long Beach to echo the concept on the album on camera. “The video is about fading away,” Valadez explains. “Fading away into the streets. Fading away into one another or with one another. Fading away across L..A, and finally into the ocean.”

In the end, that’s what Fade Away is about: savoring each passing moment, then releasing it to make room for new moments and experiences. It’s not about death or loss, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be sad or depressing, either. It’s about waking up to take Smedley for a walk as the sun rises and the waves come and go. It’s about letting go of the old you and embracing the new.

“As you grow older you react differently to things, you develop new sides to yourself that you didn’t know existed,” Valadez says. “Where does the old you go? It just fades away.”




Here it is! Album drops tomorrow (Nov.4th) on Plug Research with vinyl at the end of the month via New Math Records. We also have a forthcoming video set to drop in support of the release. It’s been an awesome learning lesson. I’ll be doing a FaceBook Live tomorrow with a complete Q&A at noon (PST) on release day. So get your questions ready.

Pre order the album here.

Whew.. Out of breath. Off to walk my dog.



Have you purchased the new album In Search Of yet? Have you seen the amazing video we shot in New Mexico w/ Miles Bonny? Well director (and fellow Dj w/ me on Wednesdays at the Line Hotel) Yash Dhillon is back with a new video for the next single featuring vocalist Bird. Yash works his magic with some ladies and I’m excited to announce it drops Wednesday! Here are some behind the scenes snapshots we took. Be on the look out for the new video!


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My next album is set for March 18th on Plug Research! Here is the tracklist, artwork and featured guests on the new record. Obviously there are many many artists I would love to have collaborated but I’m happy with this bunch. These are artists who I respect and have featured either on my blog or radio show. You can pre order the record via I tunes  or pick up a copy via the kind folks at Daylight Curfew and pick up an ANTVALA shirt! Below is the album’s first single! I am looking forward to sharing these amazing songs with you that we recorded over the course of a year. I am proud of this record.


Almost there! November 19th is the date for  on my first single set to drop on Plug Research. The forthcoming LP  features some of my favorite artist and musicians from around the world who collaberated on this project  which I am excited to share in early 2014.  The first single features LA emcee/producer/musician Zack Sekoff who kills the track “Zack’s Thesis“. I mean KILLS IT!  You can also get to know Zack, who was a recent guest on my podcast. Listen!  Remixes will also feature my band Los Girls (project with Nick Rosen) and Kalva Won. Both remixes really surprised me and are set into two different musical spectrums.  The video for the single  is set to drop in the coming weeks and features a few of our friends set somewhere in DTLA. You might recognize a few of them.  Big thanks to Holly Port for directing the video for Zack’s Thesis and also Ray Riarratana for camera assistance. Hold tight!

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Last night in Brooklyn was incredible! This whole trip was incredible. It was great to see soo many friends from all over the world come out and get down with us! The jump off at FREE CANDY was something. Big big big love to all the folks at Redbull Sound Select // Move Forward Music and Plug Research for making this event happen.  ALL the acts were incredible and different from one another. I got to see my faves Tanya Morgan and Amp Live but got introduced to the sounds of Rat King, Pegasus WarningYC the Cynic, Wavy Spice, The Ton Tons, Emily Bell. Myth Sizer and his crew got the crowd moving and it was nice to finally meet and enjoy Denitia and Sene in the flesh!  And a big shout out to Wavy Spice the Versace Hottie for her flows! She knows how to work a crowd.

On another note, I am humbled by the amazing turn out of friends who came out and I got to see. Brooklyn really showed love and it was an honor to get the crowd moving through out the night.  It was also great to meet so many listeners of my radio show and fans of my blog as well. Sometimes when Im in the basement I really have no clue as to who is listening but after last night It’s very evident NYC is all ears!  Big love!  Until next time….

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It’s been a good month for my band LOS GIRLS. We dropped our Ep on Plug Research, became Today’s Top Tune on Morning Becomes Eclectic and now we get a remix/refix/re-direction from one of our favorite dj’s!  King Most steps up to the plate with this up tempo heater which features Jason Joseph on vocals. You can hear this awesome podcast I did with Most or you can grab the original EP here.  Nick Rosen and I just kinda vibes, brought in a cello, guitar, bass, mpc, shakers kick drums and hit record on this project which we are super proud of.


It’s out! This project took months and months to make but it was also the easiest project to created with Nick Rosen. This project began as I started work on my second album for Plug Research and I would have these incredible sessions with Nick. We would record 2-3 songs a day then we would have downtime. We began starting songs from scratch, go grab coffee, return and hit record. Sometimes we would take a dip in the pacific in between takes.  We were under the assumption this might be a great project to release ourselves so we would record with no rules, no structure and no idea where this might land. We involved our friends Derek Taylor (drums and percussions) and Jason Joseph (rhodes) to contribute and slowly the songs began to take form.  I took off for a week to NY and I began capturing these sounds with my I phone from Subways, art exhibitions in the Bowery and chopping them up and placing them through out the EP.  A week later Hurricane Sandy would strike these very locations and I wondered what has become of these places.  LOS GIRLS also became a visual project with the help of Kim and Xochil. We would all wander the streets of East LA and just capture things happening! Life in the process with the LOS GIRLS music as a bed.  We hope you dig!



I have been working on these videos for LA based musical duo LOS GIRLS for a couple of months now and glad to see some of the content coming out thanks to Plug Research. You can download a free track from the duo as they prep for an EP release on July 16th.  More info here.

Last weekend Allen (Plug Research) and I took a road trip up to the Bay area to shoot this new video for Shortcircles new single. I grabbed the camera, packed my bag and hit the road for a couple of days. It was cool to see the Shortcircle studio in the heart of east Oakland. Im in the process of finalizing my next record so it’s always interesting to see how other folks produce and create sounds.  I also took some snap shots while up north. Can’t wait to share the new video. Just finished the editing yesterday. New Shortcircles drops July 2nd!

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Back after a nice vacation and stepped into the basement super amped laced with a fat record bag full of new gems. Lots of young producers and artists getting shine on this past Monday’s program including IAMNOBODY,Lakim, Def Sound, Zach Sekoff, King Most, Chance The Rapper, Abjo and more.  Also cool gems from Miguel, Mobb Deep, Warp’s Jono McCleery and Irma Thomas on the throwback tip. On the fresh out of the record bag tip, new Daft Punk, Mayer Hawthorne teams up with Jessie Ware and Japan’s Budamonk and Mistu The Beats from the Jazzy Sport camp.  Don’t forget you can download an hour of this set here.  Hope you enjoy!


Amel Larrieux – For Real (IAMNOBODY Remix)
Kotkee – Angles (The XX Cover)
Discodeine – Aydin (Parra Remix)
Miguel – Do You?
Myron And E – Back And Forth
Budamonk and Tatumi X Minismoothe – 260412
Budamonk and Tatumi X Minismoothe – First Jam
Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song (Feat. Jessie Ware)
Mitsu The Beats – Down To Business


Elvis Crespo – Suavemente (Kennedy Jones Remix)
Schlachthobronx – Apizaco (Dj Stilllife Remix)
The Steoples – Even So
Jono McCleery – Fire In My Hands
Fay – Shadow I


Natalia Clavier – Si Amor Llega
Omar – The Man (Scratch Professor (Remix)
Irma Thomas – In Between Tears
Amp Life – Dhea
Kid Sublime – Fruit Sugar


Def Sound – Birds.I.View (Zach Sekoff Remix)
Lakim – On and On (Lakim Edit)
Laura Mvula – Green Garden (Osage Remix)
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (RAC Remix)
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines Feat. T.I and Pharrell
Illvibe Collective – Pictures (Lil Dave’s Moombah Remix)
Stevie Wonder X Chris Brown – Superstition (King Most’s Re Direction)
Mount Kimbie – Blood Form
Mobb Deep – Survival Of The Fittest (Lakim Edit)


Parallel Dance Ensemble – Occupied (Salax Peep Show Remix)
Duliatten Disco Dandia
Toro y Moi – Harm In Change
The Fatback Band – Goin To See My Baby
Gino Soccio – Try It Out (Tony John’s Edit)
Daft Punk – Giorgio By Moroder


Salvatore Freda – Luv’ Can’t Hurt (Nebraska 79 Remix)
James Blake – Dim
Single Tear – Single Tear (Royce Wood Junior Edit)
French Fries – White Screen
Bosq – Up And Down (NYX 91 Mix)


Chance The Rapper – NaNa (Feat Action Bronson)
Ikaz – That Girl (Pt. 2)
Extra Medium – Tonight (Feat. Zaki Ibrahim)
Abjo – Shots Sure (Beastie Boys Sure Shots Edit)
Dj Sun – HEart Seed (Feat. Leah Alvarez (Yppah Remix)
Jneiro Jarel – Breathin’
Mike Simonetti – The Magician
Jai Paul – Track 13
Bambooman – Soosh Missed You Tonight
Mike Slott – Home


Mala – Changes (Harmonimix)
S. Maharba – Afternoon (Young Montana Remix)


Tricky – Valentine
Dandy Teru – Burned (Feat. Sami K )
Bonobo – Emkay
Tokimonsta – Soul to Seoul