Hi Ora, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Good! We are all safe and healthy, spending time in isolation working on finishing our E.P., writing new songs and trying to have band zoom meetings.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Feel The Same”?
Feel the same is a song about mental struggle, of feeling unsatisfied and confused, unable to make a decision, despite having it all on paper.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No one particular event inspired Feel The Same, it’s more a culmination of a continuing theme running through society and our own lives, of isolation, even though we are the most connected generation that has ever lived. As the chorus starts with “I’ve got it all” we are reminded that most of us are living with everything at out fingertips. We have technology, wealth, communication, healthcare and entertainment unlike our parents ever dreamed about.
Yet as the protagonist finishes his lament with “Against the wall. I’m full of shame, you feel the same” we realise that, like many of us sitting here wondering where we will be in 6 months, his “all” is potentially on a defining edge, the shame of it overwhelming.
How was the recording and writing process?
Our writing process is very organic, we don’t have a set formula, the only ideal we try to maintain is honesty between us. We listen to a lot of music together, before immersing ourselves in a musical jam, generally finding a groove before layering vocal melodies on top. Feel The same came out of a particular Friday afternoon jam, where we were able to turn a depressing week into a musical tribute.
We recorded, produced and mixed the song in the Black Tiles studio in Brixton.
What role does London play in your music?
London is our hometown. Although none of us were born in England, it’s where we met and developed our sound and London plays a large role in what shapes the music we hear and the fashion we see. It’s hard to live in London and not feel it’s influence.
What is it about the 70s that you find so fascinating?
Pin stripe suits, loud colours and fedora hats. In the 70’s there was an undeniable style that they had, that they knew they had and we’re proud to live it. Loud and proud baby.
How has The Stooges and Queens of the Stone Age influenced your writing?
The Stooges and Queens Of The Stone Age are the music we like to put on, when we want to know, how to do it right. We feel they embody the ethos of bands that are making the music they want to hear.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, we are finalising our next single Delicious at the moment. It’s a gender bending rock and roll statement about refusing to be put in a box.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It should be out before the end of summer.
What else is happening next in Ora Violet’s world?
We are looking to play some gigs in August, for the next release, social distancing permitting! We have an EP out in Autumn and a full length album next year.