REVIEW // Vali – Ain’t No Friend Of Mine

Vali – “It’s an ode to people who are haters.”

It’s bubblegum pop down to the Carly Rae Jepsen bangs.


Vali is gearing up to release her self-titled EP, and ‘Ain’t No Friend of Mine’ is hot off it. Hip hop and pop have never been so melded (airhorns included).

But she hasn’t always been on the pop scene. She transitioned into the industry from Broadway productions like West Side Story and Hairspray. Along the way, she was also a backup singer to bands like Aerosmith and The Eagles. Add in her exotically musical family, with her Russian mother in the orchestra for Broadway and her African American/Native American father a conductor, and we’ve got a well-rounded talent.

The vocals are inspired by Elvis’ rendition of ‘Hound Dog’, evident in the slurring, relaxed style of singing Vali employs. While the chorus and versus are fairly stagnant, her vocal trills confirm that Broadway background.

She’s currently being managed by Laurieanne Gibson, who’s choreographed for the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, as well as being signed to Rostrum Records, home to Mac Miller and Toothless. Vali is a bubblegum pop story ready to burst.


Based in: Los Angeles, United States.
Upcoming EP: Vali, out later in the year via Rostrum Records.
Sounds like: Iggy Azalea, Tinashe, Charli XCX.
Say what? Even though she was raised in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood of New York and hangs around Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, Vali is not one for drugs or gangs.

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