Reflections | Interview with ORCHA

  • Describe your sound in three words please!

Dreamy, ethereal, colourful

  • The way you managed to incorporate violin in electronic music is impressive. Tell us a few things about your creative process

I usually start with running my violin through guitar effects pedals and some plug-ins on Ableton to create synth-like textures throughout my recordings. I like to start with an interesting sound or texture and build a song around that idea, rather than starting with a lyric or a melody. As the sounds take form, the song usually appears before me and I work on the lyrics and melody. I always try to keep my music to just four elements – violin, vocals, bass and drums, which allows me to get more creative with those instruments to fill the sound.

  • What is the story behind your name?

I wanted to find a name that evoked the underwater landscape – somewhere I imagine floating around when I write music. I thought the word Orca seemed to fit this imagery well, as you immediately think of a large whale floating in the ocean, deep in the depths. The word ORCHA also reminded me of word ‘orchestra’ which brings images of violins to mind – something I use a lot in my music.

  • Which is your favorite instrument/synth (analog or digital) in ‘Natural Habitat’, your own recording studio?

I’d have to say my two violins – acoustic and electric, as well as my multi-FX pedal which is a Line 6 Helix LT; it can make almost any sort of sound I want!

  • If you were asked to rescore a film, which one would you choose?

I’d love to score an immersive sci-fi film such as ‘Blade Runner 2049’ or a movie with stunning natural landscapes such as ’The Revenant’. I take a lot of inspiration from films such as those.

  • Which is your favorite electronic album of the past decade?

I think my favorite album from the last 10 years would have to be ‘The Weight’ by Weval – a really nice collection of forward thinking, dynamic electronic music.

  • If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d love to see fairer pay from streaming platforms for artists – the current royalties that streaming services offer artists are simply too low to sustain a viable future.

  • One last thing we should know about you?

I love creating meaningful experiences for people by combining multiple art forms such as projections, dance, lights, music and art. I hope that you might experience that with my new album.

  • Thank you!

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