Valora’s Syd Duran Channels Singers like Steven Tyler, Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger. – Interview

Valora’s new video, "I Waited For You," just premiered and it’s already gaining a lot of momentum around the rock industry. The band’s front woman, Syd Duran, said the concept was derived from her “love of fantastical imagery and dark romance.” The singer recently stopped by to talk about the group, the Valora graphic novel and what it’s like to be a woman in rock.

Q – Thank you, Syd, for chatting.

A - No, thank YOU. It's my pleasure.

Q – You front the band, Valora. How did you decide on the band’s name?

A - I came across the name "Valora" while browsing through a list of heroic female pirates. Strangely, when I tried to go back to this website later, it was nowhere to be found! Maybe I dreamed up the whole thing.

Q – I had a chance to hear the new single, “I Waited For You,” which also has an official video. There is a hint of Evanescence in your sound. How would you describe Valora’s music?

A - I believe the hint of Evanescence that some might hear in Valora's music has to do with the heavy inspiration we draw from theatrical and metal-influenced rock. Some of my personal vocal influences include Jeff Buckley, Jack White and Chrissie Hynde.

Watch the video for “I Waited For You” here:

Q – The video’s premise is of you searching for your man through a morbid city, only to find him at a costume-themed party messing around behind your back. This is an interesting concept. Where did it come from?

A - The music video concept for our single "I Waited For You" came from my love of fantastical imagery and dark romance. There's a great portrayal of a gorgeous fantasy world that gets slapped in the face by hardcore reality: There's nothing perfect about love.

Q – Aside from Evanescence, there seems to be an influx of female fronted bands like The Pretty Reckless, Paramore and New Years Day. How does Valora different from other female led outfits?

A - Each of us, as front-women, has entirely different influences and inspirations gathered from our very different personalities and outlooks on life. If you're talking about our stage presence, we can't be the same because we all channel something in our own heads. Personally, when I'm on stage I like to channel flamboyant, male rock legends such as Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Chris Robinson and Mick Jagger.

Q – I read that Ahmet Zappa turned the band’s music into a graphic novel. Is this true? Could you expand on this?

A - Ahmet wanted to create a five chapter graphic novel inspired by a new rock album. Thankfully, he was really into our debut record, yet to be released, "I Waited For You." We got together and began scheming. I can't draw to save my live, so I stuck to musical inspiration and dialogue for our new comic. I left the rest to the illustrators.

Q – How has the graphic novel helped getting the band’s name out?

A - The graphic novel has connected our music to a brand new demographic: Comic book lovers! Honestly, if it wasn't for Ahmet giving me this amazing opportunity, I wouldn't even know about the ridiculous, colorful and rowdy world of comics! Thank you Ahmet!

Q – Describe the band’s writing process. Is it primarily a band effort, solo effort, etc.?

A - I began the album writing process on my own, due to the fact that I didn't have a concrete lineup at the time. The upside of this was that I had the opportunity to work with A-list songwriters such as The Matrix, Kara DioGuardi, and David Basset. I continued making final touches to each song in the studio with Johnny K. I even wrote a few sections in the vocal booth during a 10 minute singing break. The band formed shortly after the album was recorded.

Q – Thanks again for taking the time. Is there anything you wanted to add?

A - Thanks for the thought-provoking questions and interest in my band. You can find more info on our website Don't forget to follow me on twitter! @valoramusic. Catch ya later!


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at
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