Six Questions With SoraiaSix Questions With Soraia

Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.

Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.

We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.

Next in the hot seat is Philadelphia-based garage rock band Soraia. We have not had the privilege of featuring Soraia here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with them, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.

For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?

Our music’s heavy, high energy, riff-based rock n’ roll that channels a huge range of influences, past and present, from late 60s proto-punk all the way through our rock radio contemporaries. We’re proudly from the Philadelphia, PA area.

I (ZouZou) had started doing open mics when I first started singing, then I knew for sure I wanted to start a band. Travis and I have been touring and recording together since 2008, and Brianna and Mike joined most recently, a couple years ago.

In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?

We like to interact with our fans any way that we can! Obviously getting to talk to them in person at our shows is our favorite, but since the music industry is so heavily social-media based, we like to embrace the opportunity to be able to talk to our fans from anywhere in the world that way too. This is absolutely an important piece of our career because, as in any art, music is ultimately a type of communication. We’re using our music to give people a part of ourselves and we invite them to take part in the conversation.

If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?

I think it would be “Radio Sister.” Because it’s about all the women who came before me, who inspired me to become and overcome. Women like Joan Jett, Tina Turner, and Palmyra Delran.

What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?

At the end of the day, to be successful in music means to be able to support yourself solely by it. That’s one thing we definitely want: the time, ability, and freedom to create. And also, to be artistically unhindered by a commercial mentality. We want to be free to use our work to express ourselves truthfully. It’s what we want to put out into the world.

Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?

I spend time with a lot of people. Like, people who wrestle with life a bit, like I do. It not only connects me to them, but to the way life really is, and we all give each other new perceptions of the world, and the strength to face the not so easy things, and turn them into lyrics and songs. It’s a beautiful thing.

I also see a lot of movies and read a lot. Especially poetry. It opens my mind to new thoughts and ideas.

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Kelly Murphy
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