“Blood Rush is an intimate exploration of emotion I have felt at a specific moment in my life… Writing this EP was like diving into my abyss, attempting to express unfiltered what was happening there, what I felt, what my body felt.” With these words, Yorina invites us into her world. Her journey from a seamstress to a singer is a story of unexpected turns and artistic awakening, showcasing her ability to embrace change.
“New Year doesn’t signify a new beginning for me but rather an extra boost,” she reflects, revealing her continuous pursuit of personal and artistic growth. Her latest release, a minimalist single titled “Bitter Taste of You,” exemplifies this approach. It puts the focus on her raw voice and lyrics, stripping back the layers to reveal the core of her artistry. In our interview, we talk about her evolution as an artist, the upcoming EP ‘Bloodrush’, and her reflections on personal resilience.
photography by Yorina
Yorina, how did you start the new year? And did you set any new year goals?
Full of good and intense energy! I started the year by embracing the past and turning towards the bright opportunities that lie ahead. I have a habit of setting year goals consistently throughout the year, so New Year doesn’t signify a new beginning for me but rather an extra boost to persist in the pursuits I’ve already begun and to keep initiating new ones. Nonetheless, there is one particular year goal I’ve set for myself: to share much more music this year.
Congratulations on your new single. The title ‘Bitter Taste of You’ is quite evocative. Could you delve into the lyrical themes and the story you’re telling through this song?
“Bitter Taste of You” explores the heart-wrenching feeling I experienced, a persistent sensation of time passing while leaving behind a bitter taste of the past. It’s about relationships that consume us as much as we consume them. These intense and sometimes tumultuous bonds can leave a flavor that biases the present, reminding us that time does not always erase memories. While sharing this song with friends and family, I realized how universal that subject was, and therefore, how universal my own experience has been. This universality intrigues me.
Is there also a visual component planned for it?
Sure! I usually handle all aspects of my releases, making my own videos, photos, covers, and content. It’s a lot of work, but it lets me connect with each song in a unique way. For this single, there won’t be a big music video, but homemade content and lyric video and also a beautiful graphic cover thanks to Alex Croquet and Léa Garait; which I’m very proud of.
In our last interview, you shared your journey into music through a serendipitous moment. Since then, how do you feel your music and approach to songwriting have evolved, especially with the release of your upcoming EP ‘Bloodrush’?
“BloodRush” is a more mature, raw, and organic EP. I’ve changed a lot in how I compose, write, and listen to music since my last EP “Bliss&Grief”. Dan Levy, my producer and life companion, has been able to capture this truth like no one else and highlight it with such precision that every time I listen to the EP, I feel in tune with every note. Luck is still part of my journey, of course, but I deeply believe that luck can be provoked and worked for. From the very start of this adventure, I’ve been working to shape my luck and create new chances. I just enjoy doing that; it’s a mix of hard work and passion, and, in my opinion, there’s no better combination!
“The essential, for me, is to be in an environment I love with people I love.”
‘Bloodrush’ seems to promise a dreamlike world of indie, electro, and synth-pop. What thematic elements or new explorations can listeners anticipate in this release?
“Blood Rush” is an intimate exploration of emotion I have felt at a specific moment in my life. I talk about love, childhood, family, separation, nostalgia… These themes may sound cliché and reminiscent of “Bliss&Grief”, but my approach to them is so different and way more intense. Writing this EP was like diving into my abyss, attempting to express unfiltered what was happening there, what I felt, what my body felt. As mentioned, Dan was probably the only person who could keep this pure and deep emotion and organic feeling I had while producing these songs. His creative power has the genius to magnify certain emotions even further through his unique vision.
You also engage in a DJ setting project, Di Bosco. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
Di Bosco is a part of me, that part that completely lets go. I’ve always loved electronic music for its live performances, its sound, and its energy. So, I simply started doing live shows and producing some electronic tracks to enhance my sets. Some tracks are available on platforms. What’s funny is that in recent years, I’ve had the chance to collaborate with incredible electronic artists by composing and singing for them. It’s a real thrill for me to blend these two worlds. In fact, several collaborations will be released throughout the year, and I’m very proud of them. I can’t wait to share them!
Considering the setbacks like the change of label and the health crisis, how have these challenges contributed to your resilience and growth as a person?
These global and personal challenges have simply fueled my desire to return even more to the essentials. The essential, for me, is to be in an environment I love with people I love. To be able to exchange and do things. I believe that this EP precisely reﬂects the need to return to the essence of things, especially in a world where there is a tendency, and where we are pushed, to get lost in superﬁciality. ‘What is essential is invisible to the eye’; so go listen! (smiles)
Thank you so much for your time! Thank YOU so much!