domingo, 8 de outubro de 2017

Casual Hex with Dorsia - An Interview

Alice Kraynak é a mente por trás do Dorsia.

O projeto da garota é uma festa atmosférica, guiada por sua voz deliciosamente sedutora, suas guitarras que por vezes soam cortantes e, em outras sussurram como sua guia.

A estreia do Dorsia veio há pouco menos de um mês no belíssimo, "Casual Hex", um EP que vai te sugando a cada audição, mesmo porque é humanamente impossível escutar o disco apenas uma vez ainda mais quando se tem uma beleza do quilate de "Not The First Time".

Alice e seu Dorsia são simplesmente apaixonantes!!

***** Interview with Dorsia *****

Q. When did Dorsia start? Tell us about the history...
Dorsia was initially just a collection of songs I had written in my bedroom. I had no plan to release them at the time. Around August or September of 2016, an old friend from school, Chace Wall, had just moved back to Chicago. I showed him "Marcelle," and he thought it was really great and offered to record some of my stuff. So over the next year, I spent a lot of time writing, arranging, and recording these four songs for my debut.

Q: Who are your influences?
I have a wide range of influences. My background is that I'm a classically-trained violinist with a music composition degree, so I've been exposed to so many different genres, all of which I appreciate. For this record, I pull a lot of influence from My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Slowdive... at least in terms of atmosphere and guitar tones. Songwriting-wise, I pull great inspiration from The Beatles, particularly their mid 60s era (Help and Rubber Soul).

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
2. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
3. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
4. London Calling - The Clash
5. The Smiths - The Smiths

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I've been performing my entire life, but singing in front of people is new for me, so I tend to get nervous. At a certain point though, once that wall of nerves falls away, and I can get lost in the music, it's a feeling of bliss that I can't describe. It's magical.

Q. How do you describe Dorsia sounds?
The guitar tones are reminiscent of early shoegaze records such as Loveless and Psychocandy, with the actual guitar melodies more influenced by the playing of The Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Recording is my absolute favorite part of the songwriting process. Learning about recording opened up a completely foreign and exciting world for me. We recorded the EP at Minbal Studio in Chicago (now renamed to Jamdek studio) over the course of 2 days. The first day was used to record all the guitar parts, and the second to record drums and noise tracks. We ended up not getting to the noise tracks until about 3 am after we had been at the studio for about 20 hours. I was so exhausted while recording violin and organ that I started hallucinating. It felt like there was a ghostly presence in the studio. Totally wild and spooky experience.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Chicago music scene is really incredible right now. Lots of local bands like NE-HI are really getting a lot of recognition, which is awesome because they're killing it with great songwriting. DIM is also a great shoegaze/atmospheric doom band that has really captivating sounds happening... they're another Chicago band. Lucille Furs is another one of my favorites. They're about to release a record, and they write amazing, catchy Psychedelic tunes. Faux Furrs is another Chicago band that are near and dear to me. They just put out a killer record, and they're some of the greatest people I've met. Divino Nino is incredible too. Honestly, I could go on and on about all the great things happening in Chicago haha.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I really want to work on some unexpected covers. Something totally different than my style that I can make my own. Like James Brown or something haha. That would be a fun challenge.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Anything and everything. I'm going to take the next year to play live more and write enough material for a full length album. I'm already writing a lot, and the songs are sounding very different, which is exciting.

Q: Any parting words?
I would love to come to Brazil sometime if you all will have me ;)