5 Questions With:: Valise [CMJ Edition]


We caught up with Dallas indie-rockers, Valise, about their experience at CMJ, their upcoming tour with Macy Gray and what fans can expect to see next from the band! Check out our interview below!

Since CMJ is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?

I think we were absolutely charmed by the Diet Cig punk duo and blown away by our buddies in The Kickback. Great bands, for sure.

You guys are about to hit the road with Macy Gray – that’s huge, congrats! How excited are you about that experience?

So excited! It definitely seems like an interesting match-up – but we all love it.  A lot of times you go to shows and watch the same 3 bands perform, and by the time the band you came to see starts, you’re pretty desensitized to the whole experience. This will be anything but that. We’re incredibly lucky to share the stage with a talented Grammy-winning artist like Macy.

Speaking of hitting the road, it seems like all you guys do is tour, which is definitely not a bad thing! But we have to ask, what keeps you guys so driven to constantly be on the road?

When you’re on tour, all the typical daily worries just go out the window. I get massively discontent when I do too much  repetitive stuff, and even though touring can be really repetitive, each day has a million experiences just waiting to be had. I often reach stimulation overload, haha. Don’t get me wrong, I need my time at home with my family and Netflix, but I think we do a good job of striking a balance between the two.

This past summer, fans heard your songs “Charlie Gray” and “Dialogue” in episodes of Chasing Life on ABC Family. If you could place one of your songs in any movie, which movie, scene, and song would it be?

I think if instead of the famous Star Wars theme song you heard a Valise song when the opening space-text crawl begins, that would be most ideal. it would do well with millennials, I think.

You guys released your latest album, Young Bloomer, earlier this year. What can fans expect to see next from you guys?

We plan to release a deluxe version of Young Bloomer in the new year on vinyl, which we’ve never done before. I’m thrilled!

CMJ 2015: Showcases To See | Tuesday, October 13th

With the first day of CMJ underway, we’ve put together a list of nine showcases going on today that you should take some time out to see! We’ve included some FREE showcases for those of you who have not purchased a CMJ badge this year, but keep in mind, some shows do have an age restriction (which we have included as well)! If you attend any of these showcases, reach out to us on our Twitter and let us know what new favorite band you have been introduced to!

Official CMJ Showcase
When: 12pm
Where: Rockwood Music Hall
Cost: FREE
Artists: Keys & Corridors (12pm), Playboy Manbaby
(12:45pm), Captain Squeegee (1:30pm), Fairy Bones (2:15pm), Valise (3pm), Amy
& The Engine (3:45pm)
Link: http://bit.ly/1OuGnev
Additional Info: 21+

Pianos CMJ Kickoff
When: Doors 12:30pm
Where: Pianos
Cost: FREE
Artists: Robbing Millions (1pm), Good Morning (1:45pm),
Caveboy (2:30pm), Them Bruins (3:15pm), Slum Sociable (4pm), Crooked Colours
(4:45pm), Cosmo Sheldrake (5:30pm)
Link: http://on.fb.me/1jvHFso

Rhyme & Reason
Records CMJ Day Party
When: 1pm
Where: Pianos
Cost: FREE
Artists: Golden Bloom (1pm), Holiday Mountain (1:50pm), The
Suffers (2:40pm), Catey Shaw (3:30pm), Kid In The Attic (4:20pm), Fiction Plane
(5:10pm), Say Girl Say (6om)
Link: http://bit.ly/1k0auO4

DoNYC CMJ Official
Kickoff Party
When: Doors 6pm
Where: The Delancey
Cost: FREE
Artists playing downstairs: Village Psychic (6pm), Original
Sharks (6:30pm), MPV (7pm), Life Size Maps (7:45pm), Narc Twain (8:30pm),
Silverbird (9:15pm), King Neptune (10:15pm), City of the Sun (11:15pm), Arrows
of Love (12:15am)
Artists playing main room: Growing Stone (7:30pm), Lance
Neptune (8:30pm)
DJs playing: Edward Askew, Dirty Boogie, Big Vic, Tek It
Izi, K Styles
Link:  http://bit.ly/1NaWE5b

Banners Showcase
When: 7pm
Where: Pianos
Cost: $10 cover for showroom, free for upstairs
Artists playing showroom: Yabadum (7pm), Methyl Ethyl
(7:45pm), High Waisted (8:30am), Chastity (9:15am), Great Caesar (10pm), Sizzy
Rocket (10:45pm), Mainland (11:30pm), Crooked Colours (12:15am), Gilligan Moss
(1am), Matty Rico + DJ Set (1:45am)
Artists playing upstairs: Ben Talmi (7:30pm), Tora (8:15pm),
Jack and Eliza (9pm), Brave Shores (9:45pm), Briana Marela (10:30pm)
Link: http://bit.ly/1gSowzo

TJO Showcase
When: 7pm
Where: The Rock Shop
Cost: Free w/badge, $10 for non badge-holders
Artists: Dreams of June (7pm), Bree and the Whatevers (7:45pm), Out
of System Transfer (8:20), Polyvox (8:55pm), Best Behavior (9:35pm), Nightmares
of Nashville (10:25pm), The Tins (11:15pm), Howth (12am)
Additional info:21+

Data Touring + Siren
Sounds Showcase
When: Doors 7:30pm
Where: Arlene’s Grocery
Cost: FREE
Artists: Swizzymack (8pm), Wes Walker & DYL (9pm),
Weekend Money (9:45pm), Denitia & Sene (10:30pm), Nina Sky (11:15pm)
Link:  http://bit.ly/1RF7J05
Additional info: 21+

BMI + HD Radio Showcase
When: 8pm
Where: Knitting Factory
Cost: Free w/badge, $10 for non badge-holders
Artists: Cultfever (8pm), Sizzy Rocket (8:50pm), Audiodamn! (9:40pm), Secret Weapons (10:30pm), Frances Rose (11:20pm), Chrome Pony (12:10am)
Link: http://bit.ly/1iZT97k

Music is GREAT Britain
When: 8pm
Where: The Living Room
Cost: FREE
Artists: Stealing Sheep (8pm), Garden of Elk (8:45pm), Jake
Isaac (9:30pm), Sykes (10:15pm), Hooton Tennis Club (11pm)
Link: http://bit.ly/1QmApdg