- 07:10 AM, Feb 21
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.
Considered as a multi-talented musician, he was then signed by Epic Records' label, Red Ink, and recorded a new version of his "Slow Down Kid" with four additional new songs. In 2005, he moved temporarily to Woodstock, New York and started cooking up new materials for his next album. The Woodstock sessions were compiled as an independent studio album with "Sunlight Searchparty" as its title. One of the songs on the album titled "The Only One Lonely" won the best music video category at 2007 Independent Music Awards.
After "Searchparty" was released, Emmich made a surprising decision by leaving Epic Records due to artistic differences and worked out his own way. While being once again unsigned, he released an indie studio album "Songs, Volume 1: Woodstock" which took its materials from the 2005 Woodstock's sessions. After finding a new home in Bluhammock Music in 2008, he felt the urge to return to the music scene and decided to go to his drummer's house and recorded the new materials for his next album there.
Finally, after all the hard work, Emmich managed to take