Answers by Kim Ruiz (guitar, vocals) of DORENA

1. Why play music?

I think most people who start out with music in their early teens, like we did, do it for all kinds of reasons. I started out because I loved music (who doesn’t) so it seemed like an appropriate hobby. To be in a band was “cool” so I guess that had something to do with it, too. It was something fun also; practicing after school, going on small trips with your band, it was all exciting.

Now the reasons are all different. It still is exciting and fun, but the best part for me is just all the stuff you can do with music. I mean, there are endless possibilities to what you can do when writing a song, and that is what makes it truly exciting. There is nothing like the feeling of writing music that you personally would love listening to.

2. Who are your influences?

Our influences in music range between pop, classical, folk, hip hop, reggae, punk-rock, hardcore, and more obviously post-rock, electronica and ambient. Bands that have been a particularly big influence during our time in Dorena are Sigur Ros, Lymbyc Systym, The Postal Service, This Will Destroy You, Envy, Helios, Holy Fuck, Godspeed you! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, Stars of the Lid and more.

3. What is success?

Tricky question. If we are talking about music, success is to be able to do things you want to do. With that said, I don’t mean that you only are successful when you are able to tour the whole world and make lots of money; just to be able to play music with your best friends is a blessing. The ambitions are never the same, and success for us three years ago when we started out meant something entirely different than it does now. Then, just the thought of people actually listening to our music and liking it was success to us. The ambitions are a bit bigger now, and that’s good, because it keeps us motivated, and keeps us pushing ourselves further than before.

4. Why should people buy your music?

Because the work that we put into it. Music is what we love most, and so we try hard to make the best songs possible. It’s a lot of work when making a record, and a lot of money to put into it, so to get money back helps us move in the right direction. However, the important thing is not that people are buying our music, what matters most is that people are listening.

5. Who do you love?

We love a lot of people. You know who you are.

6. What do you hope to achieve with your music?

Different things, as people all have a different relation towards music. For me, music can be a huge comfort when feeling down, it can make me feel even better if I’m having a good day, it can evoke old memories, and it can help me fall asleep. It can be an escape from everyday life but also the soundtrack. We hope that people enjoy listening to our music, and that they perhaps make it a part of their lives, as we do with the music we love.

7. Who comes to your gigs?

It’s the same three people every time: John, Anders and Rose-Marie.

Kidding aside, it’s all kinds of people. 40-year old guys who only otherwise listen to metal can come up to us after the show and say they enjoy it. Otherwise, it’s mostly people between 18 and 25 years I would say, that come to post-rock shows.

8. What is your favorite album?

Wow, there are many favorite albums. But one I enjoy listening to at the moment is Lymbyc Systym with the album Shutter Release, it came out last year but I didn’t start listening to it up until recently. Solid album all the way through, and that is what makes a good album.

9. What is your favorite song?

I can’t say one favorite song to represent the band but personally one of my favorite songs is Max Richter with Horizon Variations. A simple piano piece, but amazingly beautiful. I can’t say how many times I’ve listened to it as the last thing of the day before going to sleep. If you haven’t listened to it, please do so.

10. How did you get here?

With hard work and a love for music, and also thanks to our friends and the people who have helped us throughout the way. Thank you!

DORENA’s About Everything And More is out now on Deep Elm Records.

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