A.S. Valentino

A.S. Valentino

Portland, Oregon, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2021 | SELF

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2021
Solo Electronic Dark Wave




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DADDY (single) - September 2021

WEREWOLF (single) - October 2021




A.S. Valentino is a transgender darkwave artist and goth guido living in Portland, OR. Their dark and sleazy, synth-driven sound combines analog and digital sounds, driving beats, dark melodies, predator animal samples, and Valentino’s at times androgynous, at times hyper-masculine voice.

Valentino’s debut EP "Dancing with Dysphoria" explores BDSM/kink, sin, death, trans werewolves, dysphoria, and channels the anxiety of being transgender in a world that fears trans bodies. Their sound lives somewhere in the realm of Boy Harsher, TR/ST, Kontravoid, and at the intersection of darkwave, goth, industrial, pop, and metal.

"Dancing with Dysphoria, the title track of my new EP, is about the trans experience of dysphoria, how it's both deeply alienating from your own body, and also deeply familiar. I liked the image of slow dancing with my own dysphoria, in that the steps are all familiar, we've done this dance before - that one wrong look or a string of words can send me there again," A.S. Valentino says. "The whole EP was written since I started medically transitioning and reflects the excitement and anxiety of transition. I explore themes of trans monsterdom - the world viewing you as a transgression, like a mythological monster like the werewolf who transitions from human to monster. There's a lot of similarities between trans men and transmasculine people and werewolves - we both often gain new hair, muscle, hunger, and strength. Also, it's pretty cathartic to howl at the moon."  

Formerly a lead artist in bands GAYmous and Sapphic Lasers, Valentino’s music has been featured in Bitch Magazine, Curve, Billboard, Autostraddle, Frameline, and more, and Valentino has performed at high-profile events like San Francisco Pride, Folsom Street Fair, National Queer Arts Festival, Outsider Fest, and shared the stage with artists like Le Tigre, San Cha, AH MER AH SU, Double Duchess, and more. 

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