Melbourne artist Jordan Donnelly (aka Orches) is on the precipice of the birth of his debut EP.
Ahead of its release later this month (along with a live launch show in his hometown), we roll out the welcome mat for him and send across our eleven questions to Get To Know him and his ice cream leanings a little more.
01. Name : Orches.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? By practising every. single. day.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Orches has developed from a love of electronic and rock music, experimental, improvised and classic pop – think: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. My sound is a mix of synth and indie rock vibes with vocals on top.
05. Who have been your musical influences? The list is endless – BUT – Orches started from a love of a particular artist named Dimlite from Europe (Electronica/HipHop). He was the inspiration for stepping out on my own. Growing up, my mates were into hard rock, I was really into Soundgarden (still am). I spent a few years studying piano (Jazz/Contemporary), so I got heavy into 70’s rock/fusion stuff like Chic Corea’s ‘Return To Forever’. Nowadays, Unknown Mortal Orchestra for their songwriting, experimental sounds of Zammuto and Holly Herndon.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time?
1. ‘4th of July’ by Soundgarden
2. ‘Sun Drums And Soil’ by Four Tet
3. ‘Jungle Waterfall’ by Return to Forever.
4. ‘Outernational Duet’ by Dimlite.
5. ‘Don’t Talk Put Your Head On My Shoulder’ by The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. When it comes to ice cream, I only eat pistachio gelato. It’s a THING. Get on it.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Don’t be an asshole, be a good person. Shut up and work hard. “Jordan, can you practice that singing in the garage?” – Mum
09. Tell us about your latest release. It’s four tracks. They are all a little different. The instrumental one is a banger. There is a real piano on the last track. Nic Lam (DX Heavan) and Fraser Montgomery of The Aviary Studio helped me put the final touches on it.
10. What do your future plans involve? Playing live, playing live and playing live. Anywhere and everywhere. EP 2 has commenced. Hey Brisbane, let’s hook up a gig?
11. Where can our audience catch you live? Saturday the 21st of November @ Revolver Bandroom (Melbourne) for the launch.