We had the good fortune of connecting with Kage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kage, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The thing that makes our brand unique and separates us from most rock bands is that we have a substantial visual component, and that is our costumes, make-up, props that we use in our performances. People get a full theatrical indie-rock experience. Each band member ‘character’ is derived from our cultural backgrounds and we go by our character names.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Valdivia X is a unique ‘art band’ that has mainstream appeal musically. The journey spanning a decade so far has definitely been challenging, a continual evolution from the early days with shifts in visual concepts, but the music has always had it’s roots in making strong commentary on the state of the world, speaking against capitalism gone amok, hyper-consumerism, and Big-Ag and Big-Pharma, Big-Oil, etc…you could say that we are a protest band, drawing attention to social inequities fueled by a governments who cater to corporate interests. The fact that we are very unconventional has been challenging on one hand, as we don’t generally fit into the typical line-up of bands at venues, but on the other hand has caught the attention of like-minded industry people who want to present something out of the ordinary.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would definitely recommend a day or two of hanging out in Venice Beach, where ‘anything and everything goes’ in terms of the personalities, street vendors and buskers. It is also a good spot to get interesting souvenirs, along with some outdoor eateries that are great for people watching. Incidentally, the oddest thing they might see is Valdivia X, performing on the boardwalk!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Valdivia X, was founded by Raymond Villegas, who goes by the name ‘Chucho De La Muerte’. He is the composer, art director and fabricates all the costume designs, graphics, and props. We have the support of our friends, both musicians and others at our shows, plus have been lucky enough to receive some good reviews of our stage show. Diana Perkins, vocalist and drummer, who goes by the name Kage,, is also instrumental in promotional efforts and reaching out to booking agents and festival organizers.
Youtube: Valdivia X channel
Other: Our videos are on our YouTube channel, and here is the link to our most recent video ‘Jackhammer Man’: https://youtu.be/Cfk8MYOR_Pw
Raymond Villegas Diana Perkins