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Musicians on the Rise: Mike Valenzuela and Casey Starr of Playing With Chaos

Touching people’s hearts through music

Mike Valenzuela and Casey Starr are both in Playing With Chaos, a rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that is passionate about music and composing their own music every single day. Both grew up with a musical background–Mike’s father was a successful musician and Casey’s family has been running a radio station since the 40’s. Mike and Casey’s  immediately hit it off when they first met, and both of them have been collaborating ever since.

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In this interview, we chat about how the duo’s musical styles, the challenges they had to overcome, and what songs they’re looking forward to writing in the future.


Casey’s Quote of the Day

Follow your heart no matter what, life’s too short to be unhappy in doing what you’re doing.” Director of Kid's Performance Group

Mike’s Quote of the Day

When killing them with kindness doesn’t work, try a baseball bat. Unknown

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How the two first met and knew they were the perfect bandmates for each other

  2. Casey’s experience with record signing and a band that broke up

  3. Their creative process when it comes to writing music that will move people

    Featured Book

I Know This Much Is True

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Getting to Know Mike and Casey

What is a helpful resource for you?

Buffer – A great tool to help you share on social media

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Who is a person that has helped you along your journey?

For Mike, Brandon at their studios in Arizona has been a great help in putting their album together.

For Casey, his director at the youth performance group called David has taught him everything he needed to know about performing–from recording, singing, and creating music.

What is your purpose on this planet?

Casey’s purpose is to touch hearts through music.  Mike’s purpose is to mentor younger musicians and help people along their musical journeys.

Where to find Mike and Casey?




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