Q: You guys seem to have great chemistry as bandmates! What’s the band’s backstory?
ORA BLU: We studied at the same university and quickly started playing together. We had a band project before with another friend of ours, which unfortunately fell apart. But after a year we decided to start producing and writing again and formed ‘ORA BLU’.
Q: You guys killed the instrumental, what was the inspiration behind “What’s Right”?
ORA BLU: We always draw a lot of inspiration from our personal lives. One of our lead singers was going through a difficult time and the songwriting process helped him through that. We always try to be very honest with ourselves in our songwriting. The song is about making the right choice and trusting in your gut feeling, which involves a high level of honesty.
Q: What did you enjoy most about making this track?
ORA BLU: We love how easy it was to write it. It also brought us more together as a band because the vulnerable nature of the song made us open up to each other on a personal level as well.
Q: Even the greatest writers can battle with creative blocks at times, how do you deal when there’s a lack of inspiration?
ORA BLU: It really varies a lot. Sometimes it helps to just take a break, get some fresh air and get something to eat. But we’ve also had sessions where we tried to push through the writer’s block by trying new angles, like a new sound, a new bassline, or a hook. And on other days we love to just have some beers and have some fun.
Q: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
ORA BLU: We would love to open for acts like Tora, Franc Moody, LEISURE, or Chet Faker. They have all been an inspiration for our sound.
Q: I heard that you guys are dropping your debut EP soon! Are there any tour plans afterward or new projects in the works?
ORA BLU: We have a lot of songs waiting to be released next year and there are definitely plans for a summer tour. We honestly can’t wait for the festival season and hope to play as many as possible. But we’re also planning on playing in some cities in Germany and Europe.
Interviewed by Alina Tran
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