- 03:11 PM, May 25
Val Emmich showed his interest in music since he was still a kid. However, he quickly quit his music lessons because he couldn't stand the patience needed. Things changed when he was in the sophomore year of high school and diagnosed with Lyme Disease which made him unable to play on the school soccer team. Having much time on his hand, he then took the acoustic guitar his parents bought for him and started to strum some riffs. At that point, beside learning how to strum a guitar, he also learned how to be more patient and he was glad for that.
During his years in Rutgers University, Emmich joined several bands, such as Awake Asleep and Ben Trovato. After graduating from the university in 2001, he threw himself deeper into the music industry. Writing his own songs, he worked on an independent solo mini album called "The Fifteen Minute". Full of passion, he followed the EP with another independent record, "Slow Down Kid", produced by Wayne Dorrell. Even though still unsigned by major label, he kept moving forward. He filmed a music video for his single "Privacy Attracts a Crowd". Surprisingly, the music video attracted the crowd as it appeared on MTV's "Total Request Live", making him the first unsigned artist to appear on the show.