Izabella Gray, Talent Manager of Onyx Music Artist Management and Regional A&R Subdirector of Se7enth Fury Grammaton Records, gets a sneak-preview of Robert Kören's new album Oceans of Fire. Here's an exclusive interview with the artist.
IG I'm listening to a pre-release of your upcoming EDM album Oceans of Fire. It has a very interesting and special sound to it - a mix of trance, house, pop and tribal elements that's quite striking and captivating! I'd love to ask you a few questions about this album. Shall we start?
RK Let's go!
IG Ok! Well, first, why the title? What and how does this title reflect in your music?
RK Well, as you can see, this album title is taken from a track with the same name. The name comes from the notion of a desert, which in a sense is actually an ocean of fire, instead of water. As such, a desert is among the most difficult things to challenge and conquer, at least for people. This track reflects that challenge; it conveys the struggle of the voyage in pursuit of fulfillment, of the search or quest for the inner self - and of the obstacles and difficulties encountered. It is an anthem to perseverance and victory - the final culmination of such a journey.
IG Wow! That is so interesting! And how long did it take you to complete this album?
RK This album was completed in the course of over a year and a half. Three of the tracks included in this album were taken and remastered from a previous combined EP release July Underground 01.
IG Were each and every track that make up the album composed on this same idea and basic concept?
RK While it is true that some of the tracks were indeed composed over the same fundamental idea of a search or quest, each one of them has its own character and feel. For example, Oceans of Fire and Journey of Faith share this basic concept. However, the first one has a more driven feel to it, reminiscent of a sort of march, while the second one, while having a proud, triumphant sound to it, is more ethereal and emotional. This is reflected by a much more elaborate use of pads, giving it a subtle and gentle ambient feeling - sort of dreamy if you will - as opposed to the first one, which is generally a bit more punchy and aggressive.
IG Is any one of these tracks "ideally representative" of your music or sound?
RK I would say they all are. Granted, they all sound quite different from each other - they all have a special mood to them, but if I were to pick a track and say, "This track alone defines Robert Kören", I would have to say Emotions in Love. I would say this track best represents my sound, vision and feelings. I like very much how it develops and rises from an ethereal, longing and yearning emotion to a marked, punchy, rhythmic beat climax. I enjoyed composing and performing this track very much.
IG Do you think Robert Kören's music evolved with each one of the tracks in this album?
RK Definitely. While Your Love is Past is an almost pop-style track, having a bit "traditional" - if it can be said that way - sound and feel, Neuralyzer on the other hand is a very emotional, ethereal and almost experimental-sounding track. Most tracks build upon an earlier one - a strong example being Oceans of Fire building upon Stay Another Day. Another example, if not at all immediately noticeable, is Walk Across the Sky building upon There Is No Substitute. Now, when I say "build upon", I am saying that one track borrows certain elements from another, not that they sound alike. So, for example, if I really enjoyed certain element, sound or effect on one track, I will typically use it again in a latter one. So to answer your question fully: yes, my music and sound has evolved with each track in this album.
IG Does this album carry or hold any special dedication?
RK Most certainly. It is lovingly dedicated to my eternal sweetheart and forever cherished girlfriend. It was composed entirely with her in mind.
IG That is so beautiful! And what does the future hold for the music and life of Robert Kören?
RK A Grammy of course! And obviously, sold-out live presentations around the globe and numerous Number One hits across the charts! I clearly see that in my future. That's what I'm working for and looking forward to. Finally, it's all about passion. If you do all things with passion and pour your heart into your work, your talent and life will reflect this and many great and marvelous things and joys will come to you.