Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Opāru

Tell us about

Your latest single you have released:

My current single is Gold. Gold is the final stage in coming to your desired result as a human being. So you may go through something that just destroys you and each stage of this EP is bringing you out of the rabbit hole and into your strength so you can conquer your next task. You’ve gone through all the prior stages and now all that’s left is to turn your life into gold.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

My very first single was actually under the name Versailles. Back in 2001 called Fallen Angel. I was extremely excited and nervous because as soon as my producer and I finished the track, we played it at the club the next night. It was such an awesome feeling watching all my friends and people I didn’t know dancing to the track not even realizing it was my song.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

It’s hard because I love this whole album. I think I really love the way The Other Side came out. It’s slow and dark and the guitar just sounds so strange but beautiful. My producer and I bounced a lot of ideas back and forth on that song. So it’s got a bit of his influence vocally in it as well.

Your favourite song to play live:

My favorite song to play live is called September Storm. It’s a dark creepy song yet powerful and has a great beat. Can’t wait to see it in a Horror Movie. Right now it’s with MPATH.

The song that was the longest to write and why?

There was a time when I was adjusting to a new way of writing songs and at the time the song that I started with was Empire. Empire had started as a completely different song. I originally wrote it with different vocals and chords. Then I sat down with it and restructured it. It was the first song in the group but actually, one of the last songs to be finished. I was picking out of about 20 songs I had written over a short period of time to see which ones would make it to the album.

Your most emotional track:

The most emotional track on the new album is We Will. The most emotional track in the Opāru catalog would probably be Remember Me.

The best lyric you have ever written:

Well I have some songs that have yet to be released and one of those has one of my favorite phrases yet but I can’t give it away yet. But a prior song I would say “I’m so much bolder than before, a warrior, fearless to the core, power is burning in my veins, a Pheonix never gives up that flame, I’ll never give up that flame. I’m gonna rise up in the dark, I’m coming out I am the spark, I’m the fire in my heart, I’ll rise up higher higher higher.” That is from Rise Up with Megatrax.

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Well at first I’m generally nervous a bit. Maybe everyone gets the jitters. But after that first song, everything is wonderful. It just flows and I really enjoy it.

The hardest track to play live:

Remember Me, Not sure why but something about the upper piano notes and the lower ones together always gets me. Although it’s much better to perform with someone else playing the piano.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Teddy Bear, I may be the only grown adult that sleeps with a stuffed bear. And that’s okay lol. No matter where I sleep, that teddy bear suffices as a pillow or comfort in all places.

Describe your fans in three words:

Eccentric, beautiful, perceptive

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

I will say that there are a million of these. Which one specifically, that’s a hard question to answer. So many great songs in the world. I love “Wish You Were Here” from Pink Floyd. That is a great song.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

I’ve been getting my music in various film and TV shows like MotoAmerica and popular Australian Soap Opera “Home And Away”, so you can look forward to more of those, and I just released this fabulous music video for GOLD. There will be an upcoming lyric video in the next few weeks.

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