Valentino Khan Conquers the Mad Decent Block Party and Talks “Deep Down Low”
Valentino Khan sits down with Kyle Stevens of Huffington Post to talk about Khan's early days in LA producing hip-hop beats.This article originally appeared on Huffington Post
An unexpected Drake performance. Kesha’s epic comeback. The internet was buzzing about Sunday’s Mad Decent Block Party at the MCU Park arena on August 7th in Brooklyn. The festival was a true New York City summer highlight that showcased a wide variety of talent. One of the standouts from the event was 29 year old Valentino Khan, a Los Angeles native who is making a gigantic splash on the EDM scene. Khan’s presence at the festival was calm, cool and collected. It should come off as no surprise because the man behind the smash hit “Deep Down Low” got his start producing hip hop at the age of sixteen.
When recalling his younger years, he told me, “I grew up in Los Angeles, born and raised there. I started out producing rap and hip hop songs for guys like T.I., B.o.B. and 2 Chainz. At the same time, my younger brother introduced me to dance music. I listened to the Justice record, Waters of Nazareth and that changed it all for me. As it did for a lot of other people.” Valentino Khan’s next step was to naturally take over the booth and bring fresh music to the masses. He said, “I learned how to DJ. It’s always been a progression for me that way. I’m all about building upon the previous things I have been doing.” Khan’s stock has rapidly risen through the ranks of the EDM world due to his nonstop hustle.
Valentino Khan is driven by pure ambition. He has been able to take part in several major electronic music festivals including EDC Las Vegas and Electric Zoo due to his commitment to creating an authentic sound. When asked about how he got to this point in life, Khan grinned, “For the most part I’m pretty much self-taught. When I started out making hip hop beats...I didn’t know how to play the piano yet. I would sample and look up who The Wu-Tang Clan sampled. Then Gladys Knight. Then the Charmels. I would look up all their songs and search for all their samples. And when I don’t have samples I can’t do music. I was really frustrated so I learned how to play the piano. It’s always been a source of pride for me that I was able to teach myself.” The multi-talented Khan kept perfecting his craft and soon found himself creating a song that would put his star on the map.
Read the full story by Kyle Stevens at The Huffington Post