Ofelia K On Her Dream Squad And All Those Lana Del Rey Comparisons
While Indie songstress Ofelia K is still far away from becoming a household name, she’s already drawn praise from blogs large and small for her first single “White T-Shirt,” which proves that not all pop songs have to take place with a not-so-subtle electronic beat behind them.
I talked to Ofelia K about such important topics like who would be in her ideal squad, what does she really think abut all those comparisons people (us included) have been making between her and Lana Del Rey, and you know, pop music in general.
First of all, congratulations on all the great press “White T-Shirt” has been getting on the Internet. How does it feel to be able to say, “they like me, they really like me”?
Thank you! It just feels so nice to release new music. To set a song free into the world and have people connect with it is really cool.
Where did the inspiration for the song come from?
Memories, time passing, and trying to keep the inner child alive.
Speaking of the inner child, have you always wanted to be a (pop) musician?
Yeah, I mean, pretty much. Music has been a big part of my life since I was really young. I grew up singing, dancing, acting, performing, and wearing out my Melissa Etheridge and Sound of Music cassette tapes. I’ve always had notebooks full of lyrics and melody ideas in my head. When I started playing guitar at age 15 it was like, “Ah-ha! This is what I’ve been waiting for!” because it helped me organize my ideas into full songs.
Alright, so let’s get down to business. What should we expect from your debut EP?
It’s a 4 song EP, and each song feels very different from one another. But they all have organic elements mixed with electronic ones. One has a cool organ throughout that falls in and out of tune. Another has a part that I call “my rap” – even though it isn’t a rap at all. There’s also a hoedown of sorts.
Wow. So, how would you describe your music then? Like if you had to create a label for it, what would it be?
I like cherry picking my favorite aspects from different styles and blending genres. I’m a sucker for a good pop chorus melody and love interesting and obscure lyrics. So, maybe Indie Pop.
I know you were part of a previous musical group called Wanderhouse, what was that like?
Yes, Dr Rosen Rosen and I made two original songs and one cover and we called that project Wanderhouse. The music is atmospheric and cinematic, with a darkness to it. DRR and I still work together…he and I co-wrote 2 of the songs on my new EP and he produced 3 of them. We work well together creatively. He’s super talented…and super silly.
Would you say you have a typical songwriting process?
No, not one way in particular. It varies…sometimes I’ll start a vocal melody and some words and get it going on guitar. Other times I’m in the studio with a producer and we’re co-writing it together. Lately I’ve been having fun in Logic, layering tracks and making demos. Sometimes ideas come just walking or driving (lots of embarrassing ideas live in my iPhone voice memos!). Lyrics tend to take me the longest.
On a scale of one to ten, how genius was the first song you ever wrote?
Probably a ten! Because I was very little and it was probably very pure and sweet and connected to the source.
A lot has been made about the comparisons between your music and Lana Del Rey’s, what do you think about that?
She’s a great artist. I’ll take it as a compliment.
So, what’s the number one thing you want people to know about Ofelia K?
I’m a cat person. That says a lot about someone, I think.
And last, but certainly not least, if you were to “Taylor Swift” a video, who would you tag to be your dream squad?
Christopher Walken, Conor Oberst, Robyn, Jenny Lewis, Alex Winston, Chan Marshall, Haim, Felix Cartal, Isaac Brock, Devendra Banhart, Jewel, Emile Hirsch, Joanna Newsom…and T-Swift.
While it may take a few more years for that video to come together, Ofelia’s K’s forthcoming four-song EP will be out late this summer/early next fall (who can really put a time stamp on creativity) via South x Sea. In the meantime, get to know Ofelia K on Twitter and Instagram.