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Daily Inspiration: Meet Nick Valdez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Valdez.

Hi Nick, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
We are a trio of lifelong musicians dedicating our life to our craft and creating music that is expressive and diverse. Octopus Tree has been a band since 2016, but the current entity came to fruition in 2019 when I, Nick Valdez (guitar) joined with founding members Joe Colomb (drums) and Spencer Church (bass/vox). Within a month of beginning my journey with the band, we were recording our debut full-length album Every Light is a Sun. This is the start to what Octopus Tree is now. Since we have toured nationally, put the pedal to the metal at home by playing anywhere that will let us, and have released our new single Toro. A progressive tune that ebbs and flows between groove, heaviness, and dirty rock. Our story continues as we grow together writing new music that we can’t wait to put into the soundscape.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The obvious challenge that just about every industry went through and is still navigating has been the Covid pandemic.

In February 2020 we embarked on a 23-day tour to present our new album to as many people that would lend an ear. Anyone who has toured as an independent band can agree that the experience is life-changing. And that’s in both good and bad ways. You’re out there doing what you love in places you’ve never been. But the grind is bitter-sweet. Money is tight, shows get canceled, and potential troubles are endless as you try to get your music out there. But we felt like we did very well and gained some fans all around the western part of our country.

To put in the days away from family and friends and then come home and have the entire world shut down within a couple of weeks was devastating. It felt like we were mid-way through an epic campaign in our favorite video game, just to have someone trip over the cord, unplugging the console before we could save the game. It’s been a slow go since we rebooted. But we’re not to be defeated and have kept the ball rolling. Shows are coming back around and we get to continue writing, recording, and releasing music as we learn about and grow our online presence. The show will always go on!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
The main description we get about our band’s genre is progressive rock, with an emphasis on the latter. As we hone our sound over time, our influences stand strong in every song. Rock, heavy metal, pop, funk, and punk, just to name a few. We all have eclectic ears, and it shows in every tune we write. Three different personalities with a common vision to be original while still making palatable music people will relate to and enjoy.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
As musicians, our mentors tend to be our peers. Constantly learning how to work together, both creatively and as a business. Inspiring each other to be better and to not give up. It’s a tough industry, and we all are in it together.

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Matt Corben – Rachel Burgoyne – Digital Myle

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