INTERVIEW: Orava

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

Hi! I’m very well thank you. It feels great to finally share what I’ve been working on for the past 2 years.  

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

“Going Backwards” tackles the impact of time on our personal growth. I wrote this song to point out that a lot of people would like to go backwards in order to make better choices. This single is quite different from what I’m used to producing. It is the final track of the album and I wanted it to be different. It is definitely more melancholic and personal than any other songs I’ve written. 
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Finding out the difference between remorse and regrets. Getting older, I guess. Learning more about myself and realising I could have spent more time thinking about the choices I’d make. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The “Going Backwards” music video was shot on a beach in the South-west of France. It was quite a challenging one to capture! Wanting a sunset didn’t make it easy as we were only given one-shot a day. It took us about 5 attempts. We went for a reversed sequence-shot to emphasise what the lyrics were about. It is quite an abstract video that offers viewers a shortcut in understanding the meaning behind the song. 

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

Behind The Wave is a metaphoric way of seeing life-goals. We all have to deal with stress and this song was about letting go. Just like a surfer looking for the best wave. I think we’re all surfers. We don’t know when, how, how big the wave will be and how well we’ll surf it, but we’ll all catch one. 

How was the recording and writing process?

I usually start writing a song by finding chord-progressions and melodies on a piano or a guitar. It often happened late at night, when I was by myself in London!

It’s been a 50/50 recording-process between my flat and professional studios. For this album, the electric bass, acoustic drums and vocals were all recorded in professional workspaces in London. Everything else you can hear came straight out of my own home-studio. 

Balancing DIY and professional recordings is a key part of my work.

What role does France play in your music?

I got influenced by a lot of French bands and artists from a young age. It impacted my songwriting in many ways. There are a lot of “French” patterns and habits when it comes to writing and producing music. France has a versatile and prolific music scene which I’m very proud to be a part of. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I mostly draw inspiration from my personal experiences. This album is some kind of introduction, I felt like I had to write about myself. Most of my songs deal with anxiety, loneliness, love, hope and boredom. 

What else is happening next in Orava’s world?

I truly hope that next year will allow me to play live. In the meantime I will also be working on newer songs and projects. Trust me, there are a lot of things to expect!

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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