Salt Valley

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Band Members

Oliver (lead vocals, guitar) London, England. July 1990.

Gabriel (Bass) Utah, USA. May 1991.

Jed (Lead Guitar) London, England. July 1995.

Derek (Drums) California, USA. May 1990

(Oliver) We’re currently based in Utah, USA. Originally however, we’re all over the place! Oliver and Jed are originally from London and moved over to the States a few years ago. Derek hails from LA whereas Gabriel is our only local resident; Park City, Utah.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

(Oliver) Initially I was a solo artist for a couple of years prior to founding the band ‘Salt Valley’ with the guys. Jed and Derek are relatives, Gabriel an old college friend. Before forming the band, each one of the other three members had been involved in music to some degree with a duo or another group. We felt band name fitting as it represents the geography of where we got started; the famous Great Salt Lake, Bonneville Salt Flats, etc.

In terms of our musical backgrounds, there’s quite the eclectic blend! I’ve been singing and songwriting for years with my earliest inspirations at the feet of Chris Martin of Coldplay. Derek’s percussion is as solid as they come from this high-school drum lining and alt-rock influence. Gabriel is the go-to if we need some specific instrument brought in as he’s got 20 years experience between the violin, piano, mandolin, ukulele and guitar (there’s some irony in having him as a ‘bassist’ as he’ll play like 4 different instruments in any one set!). Jed brings a real creative flare to the group with his unconventional approach to lead guitar work and deep understanding of music theory.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

(Oliver) We feel very fluid when it comes to genre, you’ll hear a lot of variation between our tracks which we take as a strength. Each song is its own story and message.

‘In Time’ is a song that we are very passionate about. Its message is to be patient and that good things will come ‘in time.’ This largely is a message for us as a group as we continue to push forward in our careers. It is also a message to all those that are waiting for their big break, for their ‘good times.’ Life can be tough but with patience all things come around. For this reason we knew that we had to write a song that was upbeat and enthusiastic.

With ‘In Time’ we took the positivity and spontaneity of this Single and put it into a quirky lyric video – I mean who wouldn’t find an ice cream truck traveling all over the world entertaining?

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

(Oliver) The biggest takeaway is that we’re all about stepping outside of our comfort zones. Like I mentioned previously, we are multi-dimensional when it comes to songwriting. The ups and downs of the music industry are inevitable – half of us are married, I’ve got two boys, there’s a lot to juggle in life for us. Ultimately we find joy in the journey of writing music, getting it out to our fans, and playing shows. When all is said and done, that’s what we try and focus on. It’s all about the music at the end of the day.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

(Oliver) The track ‘In Time’ was a pretty long project. Production took about 6 months in and out of the studio. The lengthiness of this undertaking was due to the fact that this song just kept evolving until everything just fell into place. Marko, our producer, is fantastic to work with. He’s been and done it all with house-hold names like Lindsey Stirling. It’s a privilege to work with him.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

(Oliver) As a group we’ve been together coming on two years. Individually speaking however, I’ve been around for about 4 years on the grind. We actually each have some bucket list goals that we’d love to accomplish in our respective musical careers; play Wembley, notable landmarks/stadiums, you name it. Truthfully we want to inspire others with our music, so naturally we want to aim high.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

(Oliver) Gabriel, Jed, and myself vary quite a bit in our approach to songwriting. We’ll go through tons of demos but once we find a composition that just feels right, we’ll then introduce themes and lyrics. My personal rule is that a song is only as good as its story. At the end of the day that’s what makes or breaks a track in my opinion; it really is a universal language in that regard.

(Gabriel) For me personally, a song comes together in pieces. I have a notepad with tons and tons of two to four line lyrics that I think of just going about my day. Likewise I have voice recordings of melodies that I hear in my head that I just hum into my phone to go home and build around later. Song writing is a funny thing. I will spend lots of random time gathering elements of songs and then eventually one day it will all click and come together beautifully.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

(Oliver) Quite simply it has to be relevant. The world is constantly changing and music is no different. The shift to streaming has introduced a whole new concept towards ‘hit’ or ‘viral’ tracks. I don’t believe in a standardized formula per se in hit songwriting but ultimately, it’s got to apply to everyone be relevant and said in a way that is unique.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

(Gabriel) We aim to uplift, inspire and bring joy to all those that hear our music. The joy of hearing a fan tell us that a song we wrote has improved, uplifted or helped them through something truly is one of the greatest rewards as an artist. It is moments like those that drive us to write not only for ourselves but for others. We feel that we can give back through music.

(Oliver) Bottom line, we love what we do and we have plenty of new music coming out very soon that we feel will be loved by many.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

(Oliver) It’s all about the music. People get so fixated on social media, covers, and whatnot – these are all distractions. Yes they play their part, but everything should revolve around your original music. You are going to have a lot of failures and frustrations along the way, but it’s all about being consistent, working hard, and celebrating the small victories. The message of our new Single ‘In Time’ becomes very relevant when speaking to new artists — be patient — good things will happen in time.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

(Oliver) The victories we’ve had along the way we’ve been very appreciative of. We’ve been blessed to have an original track featured in an independent film that received a lot of publicity – ‘Just Let Go’ featuring Henry Ian Cusick. This year we we were booked by a City in Utah to headline a July 4th festival for roughly 10K people. We have had our tracks featured on the BBC in London, and more. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s about celebrating this wins and keeping a positive perspective going forward. We know that there are many more good things to come.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

(Oliver) Our last radio feature was actually with BBC’s @bbcintroducing program for new and upcoming artists last summer. It was a great experience.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

(Gabriel) Writing music isn’t a pure joy. There is definitely a little bit of hate, frustration and impatience sprinkled into this process. Nothing is quite as aggravating as having a song floating somewhere in your mind and not being able to get it onto the paper and into the music. For me, creativity is like a lightening storm. When it hits, its nothing but brilliance and beauty for those lucky enough to experience it. The issue is waiting for those storms to come. The rest of the time, skies are blue and winds are calm and creativity is at a normal level. Now I’m not saying that nothing good comes from average days. I have written a lot of music that I enjoy just because I do it everyday and the repetition elevates my abilities, but it’s not the same as those rare musical inspirations.

(Oliver) Amen to Gabriel ha. To add to that, the studio is a huge component of seeing if a track is actually ‘produceable.’ In other words, you take a track that works live, and then realize it evolves into something completely different in the studio because that’s just the way it is haha. I’ve written some songs that literally take months, even years, and others that take just a couple hours.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Coldplay

OneRepublic

The Head and The Heart

Mat Kearney

John Mayer (the guitar is simply inspirational)

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

(Gabriel) So far, all of our music has been written and produced by us alone. With that said, we aim to inspire and uplift as mentioned earlier. If there are other artists that feel similarly, we would love to work with them to push that message further. It is something that we would like to do, just have not gotten around to it yet.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

Website: http://saltvalleymusic.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT0ZlW9iAMand_tcQoUHrbQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saltvalleymusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wearesaltvalley/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearesaltvalley/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saltvalleymusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

· Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/09gAq1TYH0lpjOpUg70l6V

· Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/salt-valley/id1266034962

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

(Gabriel) Happiest day… either the day the band got together or when McDonalds decided to do 24/7 hour breakfast. As for the Saddest day… well ha dunno, I’m currently focusing on the happy days.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

(Oliver) Create a live action version of the ‘In Time’ lyric music video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkN7WqCcrxE

(Gabriel) I’m an odd one. Here is a link to one of my adventures… bathing in a bath full of noodles: https://www.instagram.com/p/0QaxO0sAE7/?taken-by=gabrielgledhill I’d like to create a literal lazy river of ramen noodles one day.

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