Orenda Fink is a wonderful musician who has made a ton of our favorite music, both on her own and as half of Azure Ray. We had the pleasure of chatting with her, and are so thankful for such a great opportunity. Make sure you watch her new video and see her on tour!
-It seems like you've been pretty busy lately, can you let us in on what's new and exciting for you?
Hi! Yes, it's been a busy year! I'm leaving for tour soon- September 18th, which is my birthday, so that seems like an auspicious day to start a tour. I haven't toured solo in eight years so it feels new and exciting to me right now.
-How were you exposed to music at a young age? When did you know this was what you had to do?
My parents aren't musicians, but music was always a big part of our household when I was growing up. There were always records being played, especially at night. I was good at sleeping through loud music as a kid! So, this gave me a sense of how music can transform an environment and create moments in people's lives. I didn't start writing songs though until high school, when I met Maria Taylor. I pretty much knew then though that music was going to be my path. Before that I was planning on being a doctor or a lawyer. I was pretty far off, haha.
-What's a typical day in the life of Orenda Fink?
It varies quite a bit depending on what is going on. Lately, I've been spending most of my day communicating with Saddle Creek, my booking agent and my publicist. Between promoting the record, planning a tour, making videos, artwork for merch and singles, there's a lot of back and forth between me and all of these lovely people. I'm also putting together a band, rehearsing the new songs, doing interviews, performing and manning social media. In between these things, I like to take the time to take my dog for a walk and have dinner either with my husband or friends. Later, I'll either go out or drink wine at home and continue to work until my brain shuts off. Then, I'll watch some amazing television like The Leftovers. I'm so into that show right now.
-How do you gather inspiration? What makes you want to get down and create?
I think I hoard inspiration and store it until the proverbial dam breaks and I'm ready to create something with it. I can go for long periods without writing, then I will have a crazy writing streak. I can't predict it. I just pray that it always keeps showing up!
-Blue Dream is a beautiful collection of wonderful music, can you tell us a little bit about how it came to life?
Thank you! It really started with the death of my dog of sixteen years, Wilson. After he died, I went through an intense period of mourning and personal crisis that ultimately led me to studying my dreams with a Jungian dream analyst. The dreams were not only healing for me, but, I believe spoke archetypally of the nature of life, death and love. It was after this period of healing that I started writing the songs that would become Blue Dream.
-We were also huge fans of the music you made with Azure Ray, do you think there will be more to come in the future?
Yes, absolutely! Maria and I are both pretty busy with our individual projects, but there will always be more Azure Ray on the horizon. We generally just let the universe tell us when it is time.
-What have you been reading, listening to, watching, or enjoying lately?
Like I said, I love The Leftovers. I'm patiently waiting for the next True Detective and American Horror Story seasons to start. I've been reading Carl Jung's "The Archetypes and the Collective Unconcious." It's fascinating. I just finished a great short read called "Your Owner's Manual" by Burt Hotchkiss that reminds you that you should really only have one of two feelings towards anyone- gratitude or forgiveness. That was a great reminder to me of how to steer my emotions and actions towards love. Todd came across this book while he was on tour and recommends it to everyone.
-Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us, is there anything else we need to know?
Look out for me on the road in September and October and at CMJ!