Irish/Mauritian Soricah writes and produces her own music. Having been brought up in Ireland, Africa, Mauritius and England, her music is very much influenced by her rich upbringing, and the music and people she has been exposed to. We caught up with Soricah to discuss her new EP, Let The Fire Burn Free.
The EP really is an autobiographical exploration into my life. All the songs have their own unique story.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
Hi Guys, Well I am Soricah, a musical artist and producer of Irish and Mauritian descent, currently residing in Kent! Well I started off learning various instruments from a young age, from the violin to the keyboard.
I got a guitar for my 12th birthday and that’s the instrument that stuck, that I was excited to play and gave me an outlet to compose my own material too. Music had always been a prominent feature in my household growing up and being a musician was something I always aspired to be from a young age.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
Gosh so many, but growing up bands and artists that particularly inspired me were Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Nirvana, Johnny Cash and Nina Simone. An eclectic mix!
Well it’s a bit of a funny story. So my name in Irish is Sorcha (Irish for Sarah) and when I was a kid I could never pronounce it properly so I would say ‘Soricah’. The name stuck and I like it, there’s a bit of mystery to it!
How would you describe your musical style?
This question I find so hard to answer! Well it’s a mish-mash really of styles and genres. You have a bit of soul, a bit of pop, a bit of rock, a bit of ska, a bit of classical, a bit of Irish Trad, a bit of reggae.. I asked a friend of mine recently how she would describe it and she came up with ‘contemporary alt pop’ – I’ll go with that!
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I thought about this question for far too long, after careful consideration, I would actually go with Bjork! A big fan of her work and she is always interesting me with her music. I think for me collaborating with other artists that are of a completely different style then mine is what would excite and inspire me!
Tell us about your new EP Let The Fire Burn Free. What’s the inspiration behind it?
The EP really is an autobiographical exploration into my life. All the songs have their own unique story. The inspiration has come from years of real life experiences, from family to friends, lovers to foes, strangers to people I haven’t met yet!
When did you write it and where did you record it?
All the tracks span from different years and different periods of my life, the oldest being a song I wrote when I was 16. As this was my first full body of work, when picking the songs for the EP, I wanted to go with songs that expressed me fully from all aspects of my life so far.
I recorded it in Dublin at the amazing Darklands Audio Recording Studios ran by Dan Doherty. We finished it off in January which was a stroke of luck as this was before the lockdown.
How does ‘Let The Fire Burn Free’ represent your style?
There are so many stylistic elements involved in the EP, that really just came out when I was recording it! The recording studio can be a great way to explore different instruments, sounds and techniques. I think ‘Let the Fire Burn Free’ perfectly represents my style, in that each song is uniquely different musically and lyrically, and that’s what I really wanted to achieve. That someone will listen to it and get a different experience in every song!
Can you talk us through each song?
‘Waiting’ - This song is a love story. I wanted to share the feeling of being in love with someone, and being completely encapsulated and intoxicated by them!
‘Back to Him’ - This song is a familiar story of being in a relationship and not quite feeling appreciated. Through the lyrics, I wanted to share my feelings of insecurity and confusion when I was in this relationship and the comparisons made to their ex-partners and perhaps just not feeling good enough!
‘Let the Fire Burn Free’ - This song is really about being your true authentic self, even in a sometimes judgmental world and to really let yourself go and share your uniqueness with the world.
‘Juliette’ - This is a song about female empowerment! The main message I wanted to convey here is for girls and women to not feel they have to define their worth by being with a man, no matter what age you are!
What are your hopes for ‘Let The Fire Burn Free’?
My hopes are that it reaches a wider audience and people can relate and get something from the music!
How’s the rest of 2020 looking in what’s becoming a crazy year?
Indeed, it is definitely a very strange year. Well all going well, I plan to shoot a music video towards the end of the year for “Waiting” from the EP. This is still up in the air as of restrictions, but I am hoping to be able to share something special!
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it
be and what would you say?
Hmm.. Well to be honest everything I have learnt so far, some experiences more difficult than others, have shaped who I am today and I wouldn’t be who I am if I had the power to go back in time and give myself advice so… there’s your answer!
Listen to ‘Let the Fire Burn Free’ on SoundCloud below. For the latest, go to Soricah’s Facebook page.