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INTERVIEW: Dear Kora

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

All – Super, super good!!!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sunflower”?

Kevin – Sunflower was the first song that we ever played as a band, and it was the first time we connected as a band. It seemed fitting that we should make it the first song we release.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Avery – I sleep walk a lot, and often wake up in random places.  Right after I moved to America, I went through this period where I would wake up looking out the window, or I’d be searching for something in the house, feeling so alone, empty and scared.  “Sunflower” is the process of me realizing that it’s time to keep moving and pursuing what I love, even though I’d left a part.  As I was writing the song, I came to the realization that what I was looking for was the part of me that I had left back home in Indonesia.  But time keeps moving whether you want it to or not, so it was up to me in choosing whether to dwell in sadness, or to keep my focus on what is to come.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Avery – YES!!! It’s been a bit difficult choosing one specific concept, because the song can be so relative, I have so many ideas, it’s just trying to chose the one that makes the most sense.

How was the recording and writing process?

Sean – Avery writes all the lyrics, but when we wrote the music, it was our very first time writing together, and everything just flowed so smoothly.

Kevin – It was the best recording experience any of us have had. We worked with our friend Joshua Brooks. From the start, he knew exactly what we wanted, and knew exactly how to engineer and produce the track.

What role does Indonesia plays in your music?

Avery – Sometimes, since I think in both Indonesian and English, I’ll write lyrics in Indonesian because it’s a part of me that I want to always incorporate into my art.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Sean – We are constantly writing and creating music and tunes.  But currently we don’t yet have sufficient funds yet to do a full album, but we are partnered with an amazing company called Perdiem, where people who want to support us can invest in us, and be a part of making our dreams come true! investperdiem.com/dearkora

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Sean – Nothing’s set in stone yet.  But most likely June or July for another single or something.

What aspect of happiness did you get to explore on this record?

Avery – Well, it’s not really a happy song haha…but we are pretty happy people, so we had a lot of fun together recording and we have heaps of fun playing shows.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not any solidified ones, but we want to!

What else is happening next in Dear Kora’s world?

Sean – We’ve shows this month at the Wayfarer (03/15) and Troubadour (03/28), and then we are shooting to get back into the studio next month!!!!!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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