Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
O: In ORRA you can hear a successful combination of powerful, wailing guitars, exotic grooves, hard hitting rhythm section as well as powerful vocals and complex, multi-layered arrangements. We also try to create a beautifully timed psychedelic atmosphere and symphonic elements with progressive and ethnic elements.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
O: ORRA (ΩЯRΑ) formed in the fall of 2019 by a collection of experienced, focused, and open-minded musicians, who have worked together in different projects throughout the years.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
O: We have a wide range of influences, which covers almost all styles of Rock Music, as well as other genres (orchestral, symphonic, experimental, etc.)
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
O: In terms of Music, at this point and time, it is simply a balance of our dreams with some realistic goals. Nothing fancy.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
O: Our main composer is Peter (Guitar). He also writes the lyrics. Then all of us handle the arrangements. Lyrically, we draw ideas and inspiration from various subject areas (imaginary and “real”) combining different techniques (allegory, ambiguity, folding, etc.)
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
O: We are collaborating with a bunch of talented and skilled people who handle these duties. We can’t be jack of all trades, after all.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
O: Well, there are many cons, if we are talking about illegal music downloading. First, it is Unethical and illegal. It is a type of Authoritarianism. A person or company or a team etc. has complete or almost complete control over someone else’s music. And contrary to popular opinion, these people are more concerned with having people ‘’musically brainwashed’’ than in people having freedom in choosing their own music preferences or finding their own ‘’voice’’. It is like manipulating people. Sure, many record labels followed these tactics, too. But we can’t fight injustice with injustice. People must support Artists, because Art is made by people, not by an impersonal, authoritarian regime or principle. Then there are some technical or practical issues such as: Sound quality, corrupted files that may contain viruses, Lossy codecs etc.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
O: There are many. But what is done, is done and the only thing we can do is enjoying every single moment of them.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
O: In terms of Music and related fields, probably things like stereotypes, copying others, mindless lyrics, useless show-off, lack of musicianship etc.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
O: It is all about evolving, moving forward, and overcome ourselves musically.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
O: We are working on new songs and ideas that would fit in a future release. Our debut album is also coming out on April 14th, so we are working on that too (in terms of promotion and release details)
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
O: Well, our demands are high in terms of live performances. If the appropriate conditions are met, we will move in this direction as well. Our audience deserves only the best. Now, we can not convince someone to come to our show, but if you already liked our Music, then we have something in common. And if you are a bit like us, and you like to move forward, hearing new things and are tired of attending mediocre gigs then here you go…