INTERVIEW: Rachel Lorin

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

Hello!! Thank you so very much for having me. I have been wonderful… busy as ever which is all I could ever ask for. Keeping myself on my toes, that’s for sure.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Under My Skin”?

‘Under My Skin’ best represents the change of direction I decided to make in music. It combines all of my favorite bands & genres and squishes it into one song. The song has elements of my dance background… while my vocals remain edgier and belty from my rock background. It’s a song where I finally let the gentle side of me out, admitting I’m in love. It’s a difficult thing for me to do because of the hurt I’ve been through in the past. I put up a strong front for a while and the rest of my music shows my strength through pain…  but I admit, I fell hard and thought it was time to write about the good stuff:) my ex did a number on me and it’s been awhile since I’ve felt this strongly about someone.

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

Falling in love recently… A different kind of love I have never experienced before. It’s not like a causal ‘dating’ experience. It’s a heavy love-at-first-sight kind of thing that I don’t have control over. That’s scary to me and gets ‘under my skin’, so to speak. It was very unexpected but I couldn’t be happier. I feel alive and happy to feel emotions like these that I’ve never felt before. It felt appropriate to write about it. It was the very last song we wrote on this record and it’s my favorite.

The single comes off your new album Worship The Unbroken – what’s the story behind the title?

Truthfully, I was originally going to title the album ‘Funeral’, as it’s the death of my old life, music, and love springing into new life… but then I realized… most of my songs on this record are about self- empowerment & self-love… embracing beauty in darkness and the rough times.. It’s truly about knowing it will be okay in the end and it’s okay to be crazy and broken. That is what makes me, me… and I find it far cooler when we win from the pain and troubled times rather than hide in fear the rest of our lives and stay fallen. We deserve encouragement and worship. It’s amazing that we can pick ourselves up from hurt without anyone else… that should be applauded. It should be noticed. We are all strong individuals capable of overcoming the worst of circumstances. Men and women.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was amazing… Certainly long which doesn’t bode well for someone so impatient. Haha! It took us 8 months to get the record done. We recorded the whole record at The Hideout Studios in Las Vegas. That was a huge culture shock for me, basically living out there.. Amazing but frightening. Waking up with nose bleeds and casinos and cigarettes everyday, but it was well worth it. Every night, we finished working around 2 or 3 in the morning and I would come back to screaming drunk people gambling in my hotel, haha! Honestly though, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my team so so much and it was such a relief for me to get everything off my chest I’d been needing to write about. It was a bonus that the studio was state of the art and absolutely stunning. A very cool vibe to work in, no doubt.

What was it like to work with Kane Churko and how did that relationship develop? How much did he get to influence the album?

It was Kane Churko who changed my whole opinion about the genre of music I should pursue. My manger, Adam Mandel,  made the introduction and we sat down for hours talking about music and our differing tastes. I had met with several well-known producers before I met with Kane but no one had my attention yet. Originally, I was dead set on making a rock album. Those are my roots and it’s where I felt most comfortable… yet I’ve always been in awe and enamored with Alternative music and never had the guts to try it. All of my favorite bands were alternative and Kane asked me directly ‘why the hell do you want to do a rock record then?’  The rest is history. Haha. He, Curtis Martin & Rob Endling (my fellow songwriters/producers) sat down with me and had a listening party of all of our favorite bands and artists who inspired us the most… from that, we made a group decision on how we thought the record should go. We all agreed and got along right off the bat. How did I get so lucky?

How has Panic! At The Disco and Muse influenced your writing? I heard that you did a Muse cover at your NYC Show. It sounds like you really relate to them.

I have been deeply in love with Muse since I can remember. I’ve seen them a few times in concert and they’re just so incredible. Untouchable, really. I know every single song and just adore them. They kick a** and take no names and that is inspiring to me. Same goes for Panic! At The Disco. Both of those bands have lyrics and melodies beyond compare. I’m inspired by innovators, not followers. I admire those bands because they worked their way up the totem pole and weren’t the ‘one hit wonders’ of the world. They naturally grew a real fan base and they work their bums off. They release records, not singles here & there, and are very focused on their art form. I am obsessed with that and want to follow in their footsteps. They also both capture the rock, pop and dance essences and combine them so effortlessly which I’m attempting to do, myself.

What role does New York play in your music? Growing up there did anything in particular spark your love for music?

Well, I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia. I moved to NYC when I was 13 with my whole family to pursue this beautiful ever-changing career. It was the best decision ever made in my life. New York has given me so much opportunities & insight on art and different cultures and individuality. You’re forced to be in each other’s faces 24/7 here and I LOVE that. Every step you take and every block you race, the atmosphere changes. Inspiring streets, artistic boroughs.. I absolutely love it. Everyone here is real. There is no BS-ing because there is no time for it. Another thing I love about my city is their starvation for music. They eat, sleep and crave music in NYC. They support live music no matter what, where and when. Your New Yorkers are always there for you and dying to download your new record in their phones. I absolutely love it and it makes it that much more of a pleasure to perform here.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. Very much so! I have many one offs & festivals, such as Rock Fest, lined up.. but I’m looking for the appropriate tour for me & my show and music. It has to be just right!:)

What else is happening next in Rachel Lorin‘s world? Date of record release? More videos, etc. 

I haven’t a record release just yet but do keep your eyes and ears open! Very soon 😉 I will be releasing a few more music videos that I’m very excited for, so look out for those as well!:) To keep you up to date & informed, here are my socials:

IG: @rachellorinofficial

FB: Rachel Lorin Music

Twitter: @RLorinOfficial

RJ Frometa
Author: 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.

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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