Getting To Know... Valley Onda

Having already established themselves with a wealth of strong and driven singles over the last year, Sydney-based outfit Valley Onda have now returned to share their latest gem 'Gold'.

Channeling a rich and brooding aesthetic throughout, 'Gold' sees the group at their atmospheric best. Bringing a mix of post-punk and post-rock influences to their latest offering, this new delight is brimming with warming tones, wistful production, and textured direction from start to finish.

So with the new single out and about, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and what has inspired them most over the years.


What were the first instrument you fell in love with?

I think we are all pretty fond of the Piano, though I learned how to play harmonica off YouTube and practised whilst I was driving. The guitars the guitar the guitar. Never to be mastered. Mich has also be known to play the pan flute & we won’t go into Galen’s Shakuhachi.

What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?

What makes the world go round... Relationships.

What kind of music did you love as teenagers?

Mich is a classical man who had an epiphany at music school with Dance music, that’s how he & Galen started collaborating. I came more from a songwriting bent with a healthy dose of Blink 182.

What inspires you to make music?

The dust on a building site, discovering a new cafe, city landscapes, the wind.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

I’m loving Lomelda at the moment, also Bedouine.

How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?

Basically all of them. I’m working on a song at the moment about an old electrician that I worked with.

What has been the funniest moment in your career so far?

Gotye told us off for smoking backstage once.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Aldous Harding.

If you weren’t musicians, what other path do you think you might have taken?

Probably a writer, I think Mich might have/be a CFO of a tech company, Galen might plant tree’s & Ben a yoga instructor.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as musicians?

Don’t take yourself too seriously.


Valley Onda's new single 'Gold' is available to stream and download now. Watch the new video for it in the player below.