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INTERVIEW: This Pale Fire

1.​ How would you classify This Pale Fire’s sound?

I would classify it as moody indie rock. I’m a solo singer/songwriter, so I try to utilise this sense of sparseness to help the lyrics stand out.

2.​What do you want fans to take from your music?

My main focus when creating music is to communicate a mood or tone. In that sense my lyrics are what I focus on the most. I try to leave the songs open so listeners can apply the lyrics to their own experiences.

3.​Who are your all-time or current top 5 musical influences?

That’s hard! It’s always changing! If I was to try and put together a list of my all-time ones… I would have to say Daughter, This Will Destroy You, Radiohead, Coldplay & Nobuo Uematsu.

4.​How’s the music scene in Auckland?

The music scene is great! I was a bedroom musician for awhile, my biggest shock when I started to network and gig with other musicians was just how good they are. There is so much talent it’s crazy!

5.​What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing out?

The best concert I have been to was Foals. The amount of energy they give off is incredible. True performers in every sense.

When I play I really enjoy intimate crowds, it’s great to establish a bond with the audience and the smaller size works better with my dad joke banter.

6.​Is there a song on Alchemy that stands out as your personal favorite?  

I think my favourite would have to be ‘Outro’. It perfectly summarises what I’m musically about. It starts off as more of a poem and builds into an ambient swell.

7. ​“Virago” is my favorite song on the record. It’s so haunting and beautiful. The line “she danced into the fire to feel something new” really strikes a nerve with me. Is your ‘virago’ an actual person or a combination of different women?

Thank you so much! It isn’t really about anyone in particular. My focus with ‘Virago’ was to highlight the dual meaning of the word. While it is a word that can empower someone, it can also have a negative connotation. Also, I’m into folklore, so this song has references to the witch trails of the past. They were horrible, and I think they serve as a reminder to be more compassionate to one another.

8.​For an unknown guy with his first record, you’ve put out two very cool videos from it already. How did you hook up with the video director/s?

I’ve known and respected the director Yonoko Li for awhile now. We are part of the same circle and have very similar creative tastes. It made sense to team up. She’s great at her craft and I think it shows in the music video.

9.What’s next for Corban Koschak? Touring?

I’m writing new material and hoping to do a few shows around New Zealand. I might focus on a smaller EP before I jump back into an LP.

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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