VALENSIA "The Blue Album"
European Import : ESM099
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|Once some strange rumours
occured in Japan... Valensia would be a computer-generated popstar!
Just like Kyoko, the animated Japanese singer. Well, may be it wasn't
that strange after all. Before his hitsong 'Gaia', no-one ever heard
of Valensia. Suddenly, he was just there, out of nothing. People
saw his pictures. And they saw his videoclips, which were almost
completely computer-generated. But no sight of the man himself.
No live glimpse of the man from the pictures and the video's. In
Japan, Valensia had not shown his face yet. Of course Valensia is
not a bunch of binary data. Aldous Byron Valensia Clarkson (his
full name) really exists. He was born on April 13th, 1971, in The
Hague (The Netherlands). Long before he appeared in computer-generated
videoclips, he performed on the beaches of Spain. At that time he
was just 7 years old. His voice and his guitar were his instruments,
the sand was his stage while the sunbathers were his audience. Obviously
he didn't bore his audience to death, because already in 1979 he
was offered a recorddeal in Spain. However, his parents rejected
the deal as Valensia was not allowed to record his own songs. They
also considered him too young for the tough music business. It must
have been a disappointment for the young Valensia, who at that time
already had his own repertoire. But then, at the age of 20, Valensia
was signed up by Mercury Holland. In the fall of 1993, his first
single 'Gaia' was released. Within 9 hours after the release, Valensia
came to fame as Holland's leading FM-stations played the song all
throughout the day. 'Gaia' shot to the top of the charts, only held
off the #1 spot by Meatloaf's megahit 'I Would Do Anything For Love
(But I Won't Do That)
Valensia's debut-album arrived in January 1994 and was awarded with both a Silver Harp and an Edison (Holland's most prestigious music award). With the Gaia-video - the most expensive videoclip ever made for a dutch artist - Valensia became a pioneer in computer animated clips in Holland. Internationally, attention was gained when the video was broadcasted on MTV Europe. Worldwide, 'Gaia' sold over one million copies. Valensia's second album, 'K.O.S.M.O.S', was once again recorded and mixed at the famous dutch Wisseloord studios. Few people know this was the first dutch surround-sound-cd. In Japan, where the album was released before anywhere else, 'K.O.S.M.O.S' sold over 40.000 copies the day the album was released. Initially, Valensia had not intended to become an on-stage performing artist. Simply because his complex music isn't that suitable for live-concerts. But in October 1996 he went to Japan to perform live on stage. Accompanied by a band of five excellent musicians, he started his mini-tour in Tokyo. It was his first live performance, well, leave alone the 'concerts' he gave on the Spanish beaches when he was still a child...
In 2000, Valensia returned to Japan for another mini-tour. Together with Robby Valentine he did three successfull shows in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. A few months earlier the first V-cd was released, a co-operation of Valensia and Robby Valentine. The V-tour ended tragically, for Valensia's mother passed away the day he returned to Holland. Therefore Valensia included a 'Requim pour Jacqueline' on his album 'Gaia II' (2000). The second V-cd 'Valentine vs Valensia' was released in the spring of 2002. Two months later, Valensia released a new solo-album 'The Blue Album'