with Bobby Valentino
Of Paradise, 6/98
is the best thing that's ever happened to you on tour?
I met my girlfriend 4 years ago ()
What is the
worst thing that's ever happened to you on tour?
An American promoter booked a backing band (on a solo tour) for
a 7pm show which was at 3pm
What has been
your best concert experience?
Playing with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and
of course TMTCH
What has been
your worst concert experience?
Probably doing a show with no band in the U.S.A. ()
Where is your
favourite place to play?
The 'tough' towns. (Newcastle, Liverpool & Glasgow) on a Saturday
Where is your
least favourite place to play?
your favourite musicians/bands? Do you have any music idols?
I like all forms of music. So - Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Rebel
Johnson, BB King, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Joe Vernutti (Jazz
violin), The Beatles, The Stones, Grand Master Flash, James Brown,
Louis Jordan, Prince, Massive Attack, Take That...
How do you
write your songs? Music first then lyrics, or the other way around?
Both. Many times a phrase comes into my head and I sing it with
a tune. Sometimes people send me lyrics and I write a tune for
them. I often need help finishing the lyrics of songs I start.
any plans for a new album? When will you go into the studio again?
I don't know about 'The Men', but I have a band called "Los
any unreleased tracks around? How about an outtakes release (maybe
via mail order)?
I'm sure that there are
releasing an album with a collection of B-sides?
How about it
Is there any
way to re-release the good old Silvertone albums (most of them
are out of print)?
I don't know
Why did you
split up after The Domino Club?
Why did Jon
leave the band?
I don't know
He was playing with Gary Glitter for a while. I have not seen
him for a couple of years
with the Rawhides? Are there any plans for starting them up again?
I think they got old, fat & bald
What are your
Indoor sports! Music & Movies
Do you all
live in London?
Are any of
I'm engaged to be living in sin
What do you
do when you're on the plane/bus travelling to different gigs (other
Read. Used to play 'Scrabble'
Which is your
favourite TMTCH song & why?
'Shirt of Blue' . It's great to play and is the only song about
the 1984/85 miners strike I have ever heard - that's any good
Which is your
favourite TMTCH album & why?
The 1st one - I'm not on it
Do any of
you have children?
I don't think I do
Is there anything
you'd like to say to all your TMTCH fans worldwide?
New Kid On The Block - Bobby Valentino
Nia B Dammit
Can we say
that 2005 is the year for R&B? Numerous artists are dropping
their projects and one in particular is truly a gust of fresh
air. Introducing the first R&B artist off the Disturbing The
Peace (DTP) imprint, Atlanta native Bobby Valentino. With his
latest single “Slow Down” he has caught the attention
and created an impressive buzz nationwide.
to the music industry, this 23 year old got his start with the
group Mista, who had the hit song “Blackberry Molasses”
back in the mid 90’s. A recent graduate of Clark Atlanta
University, Bobby Valentino has crept his way back on the music
scene, but this time on the solo tip. In anticipation of his first
solo album Give Me A Chance, due out April 26, Bobby took some
time to elaborate on a few topics with UrbanWorld Wireless.
Being signed to a label that’s dominated by Hip-Hop artist
“It feels good because I’m the only R&B male so
a lot of time and effort is spent on me trying to get my career
attracted his fanbase
“I think it’s just me being me and loving music. I
think a lot R&B artists aren’t being themselves today;
a lot of them are going into the studio and singing something
that somebody else wrote. On my album I got a chance to be myself
and write on every song and tell the producers what kind of songs
I wanted to do. I feel like people love and respect you when you
just make good music and are different. A lot of people go to
the hot producer at the time to make a hit record, but me; I want
to make records for longevity purposes not just for the moment.”
behind his lyrics
“It depends on the mood or the moment. Like my first single,
I became inspired because I was actually riding down Melrose and
saw a pretty young lady that I wanted to slow down, so once we
went to the studio we came up that whole concept from that experience.
If I just met a girl and she was doing me wrong I might go and
write a song about that. It just depends on the moment; it depends
on how I’m feeling at the time.”
His name –
“I feel like I’m the suave and debonair type of guy,
so I feel like Valentino is me. I was actually supposed to born
on Valentine’s Day, but I wasn’t and got nicknamed
Valentino, so I just threw it on there.”
“Being in a group is kind of hard. It was a big learning
experience and I am happy it happened. It was actually fun but
I didn’t realize that it was a business then. It helped
me be the person that I am today. I still talk to the members
from the group and we’re still cool. I’m getting my
second chance now though.”
“I only have one collaboration on my album and it’s
with Ludacris. Producers Tim and Bob produced most of the album.
I really took my time with it. We worked on it for about a year
and a half to make sure it was extra extra hot.”
Album “Give Me A Chance”
“I’m pretty much getting a second chance to do my
music. I just want the world to give me a chance, and I’ll
guarantee to give them music that they’ll love. I’m
just happy to be here, it’s a blessing.”
“I recently purchased a sports car, an Infiniti G35. It’s
just a little something to get around town in.”
“There are a lot of things that I want to do outside of
just doing music, but right now I’m just focusing on my
album and making sure that people understand where I’m coming