Describe your sound in 3 words
Moving, Meaningful, Memorable
What is the main idea behind your track A Troubled Mind?
Mental health is quite a concern these days and is a subject that goes unspoken more often than not. “A Troubled Mind” is a song about weathering the various “storms” in our lives. The lyrics that I’ve written in the Bridge says it all.
“The days I measure
Not by hours
But something I call
Sheer will power”
If we can somehow tap into our inner strength – our “will power”, a lot of what’s going on in “A Troubled Mind” can be overcome. That’s the main idea behind my track.
You have been awarded in many song contests. What moment in your career are you most proud of?
Each award that I’ve won is very special in its own way. Winning an award in the 1st edition of The Clef Music Awards in my own country, India and then winning an award for “Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting” at The Great American Song Contest earlier this year were one of those special moments for me as a Songwriter. Besides being a great honour, it’s also a validation of the effort that goes into creating and producing original music.
Favourite album of the past year?
‘Sour’ by Olivia Rodrigo
If you want to feel with your soul, how do you first connect with your soul?
Here’s what you need to do. Close your eyes and let yourself get swept away by that wave of emotion you feel when something touches you deeply. It’s a Divine experience that helps you connect with your soul. You start feeling things at a much deeper level. I’d like to share what a listener wrote in a comment for one of my songs “If I close my eyes and listen to the lyrics, I feel like I can envision everything. So awesome!” That comment was the ultimate compliment a Songwriter could get. I do my best so that my listeners can “see with their ears” and “feel with their souls”.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Take chances!!! I’ve written a song called the “Story Of My Life”. You can listen to it on my YouTube Channel – Glenn Valles Music. There’s a line in the 1st Verse that goes like this – “Didn’t take the chance to chase my dream” (of being a Songwriter). So yeah, I would definitely tell my younger self to take more chances and follow one’s passion.
What would you say is your biggest vice?
Getting completely immersed in the creative process of writing and composing songs to the extent of being totally oblivious to everything that’s happening around me! I’m sure my wife would vouch for that! 😂