Hi Soricah, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi Vents! I am doing really well at present thanks!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Back To Him”?
With Pleasure! ”Back to Him” is taken from my debut EP ”Let the Fire Burn Free” which was released at the end of June this year. So far, ”Back to Him” has gotten such an incredible response being featured nationally and internationally on BBC Radio Kent and 2fm Ireland! One of the highlights for me was that it was recently featured as a Fresh Fave on Tim Robinsons BBC6’s ”Fresh on The Net” – an amazing platform showcasing artists.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The song is a familiar story of being in a relationship and not quite feeling appreciated. Through the lyrics, I wanted to share my feelings of insecurity and confusion when I was in this relationship and they could not decide whether they wanted to be with me or their ex-partner.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
No Video as of yet but I will keep you posted!
The single comes off your new album Let The Fire Burn Free – what’s the story behind the title?
The title comes from another track on the EP ”Let the Fire Burn Free”, a song really about being your true authentic self, even in a sometimes judgmental world and to really let yourself go and share your uniqueness with the world. So I chose to call the EP this as this best represents who I am and what I wanted to share!
How was the recording and writing process?
In terms of the writing process, the songs all come from various periods of my life spanning over many years, really just expressing my inner thoughts and feelings! Music has always been a therapeutic outlet for me, I am not going to lie some of the songs were harder to write than others, but through writing them, it helped me to let go of and make sense of sometimes difficult situations in my life.
I had such an amazing time recording these songs! I recorded them with Dan Doherty of Darklandsudio recording studios, Dublin, who co-produced the EP and Gary Molloy, myamazing cellist and pianist. I couldn’t have asked for two more inspiring and gifted lads!
Dan was so patient and really understood what I was trying to achieve, for this I will forever be grateful to him.
What role does Ireland play in your music?
I am half Irish, born in Dublin and half of my life was spent growing up in Ireland. Ireland is my homeland and the people and especially the music inspire me so much! From just randomly joining a trad session, playing live in a venue to busking on the streets, Ireland is just alive with music! Irish music, and the diversity in it, has inspired many elements of the EP and continues to play an important role in my music.
How your upbringing has influenced your writing?
This has played a pivotal role in my musical style. I was brought up in Ireland, Mauritius, Africa and London, so I really try and take as many of these experiences and musical influences and try to incorporate them into my music. I think this is why it is quite difficult to describe my genre! I still wouldn’t even know how to describe it!
How did you go on balancing the Blues and Americana on this album in particular?
All the songs on the EP started off as just me, my voice, my lyrics and my guitar. I always had ideas of how I wanted them to sound like, and working with Dan and Gary, who are both so musically talented and versatile, finally allowed me to create them as I heard them in my head! I think the balance of the different genres comes quite naturally, as they all have their own message and style. There is a lot of trial and error in creating songs and that’s really what I did in the studio, and then you finally discover something that works and you go with it!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
My music is an autobiographical exploration into my life. So the inspiration has come from real life experiences, from family to friends, lovers to foes, strangers to people I haven’t met yet!
What else is happening next in Soricah’s world?
Well at the moment, I am concentrating on promoting the EP and writing new material! I am hoping to film a music video by the end of the year in Ireland for another track from the EP, ”Waiting”, circumstances permitting. I am however enjoying the creative and visual aspect of planning the video and developing the storyline, so it is exciting to work on something more visual for me! Other than that, I am trying to keep healthy and keep creative in these challenging times.