A Spotlight Interview With KORDELYA
A refreshing and crips pop single from KORDELYA brings a colorful flair and a welcoming chorus that has a backing of amazing guitar work and rhythms that get you shaking for sure.
"-es + (menos es más)" is beautifully performed with passion and heart and it all falls together with such a shining presence it's hard to resist from the get-go.
You get such a lush chorus and hook that it just warms you up and makes you start swaying along with everything.
The track is performed in Spanish and has that flavor throughout its course as well and it feels danceable and good for you.
The whole vibe is just so good to start your day with as its full-bodied approach is packed with such alluring instrumentation and style to go along wither the artists gorgeous vocals.
The track is performed with José Madero who is a well-known Mexican artist and the two really feed off of each other's energies on this release.
The two of them work with each other so well that you can feel that energy to an extent.
This single is one you can feel in your bones and that rhythm is alive in your body and it just feels good to listen to.
With such a flavorful song, we wanted to have a talk with KORDELYA to find out what this release is all about and what may be coming next for her.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with the "Es + (Menos es Más)". This song has a very passionate feel to it! Where did this single come from?
I have been wanting to make a song with this type of traditionally Mexican genre called “Huapango” for a bit. It began with the huapango feel and guitar and I remembered the concept of “less is more” when thinking about what the song might be about. There was a moment in a friendship that I recently had to let go that shook me to my core. No matter how nice or charming they were at the beginning, they showed their true manipulative colors when I least expected it. And then it clicked. The more I got to know them the less I liked them. One of the lyrics of the songs says that I confused our connection with their collection of different personalities, faces and masks. It speaks about the power you have in phasing that person out of your life. If you need to protect yourself from the toxicity that a person brings into your life - regardless if they are family or have been in your life for a long time - there is nothing wrong and no shame in standing in your independence and preserving your own safety, mental health, and conviction of truth.
Playing on the various theatrical motifs such as “scene” and “play” and that of board games such as “chess” felt like the right way to describe this type of experience.
I showed the demo and top line melody to José when he and I got together in Monterrey and we created the hook together in just a couple of hours. I could tell that he could relate to the concept in a very personal way. That aspect alone, in my opinion - captures the effect that saying the hard truth in your songs can have on someone. No matter what language they speak, that message always bleeds through.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you? When did you fall in love with music?
Since as far as I can remember I've always been drawn to it. My parents aren't musicians so they noticed pretty quickly how fast I was picking up the songs they were listening to in the car. I started singing along with them pretty quickly, and sometimes even made up my own lyrics. I started playing the piano and guitar almost by chance because my grandfather has a small piano and my brother took guitar lessons for a bit but he stopped so I picked it up instead. I wrote my first song at 13. It was a very sad song, but I was pretty proud of myself. When I built up the courage to finally play it to my friends, it made them all cry. I was not expecting that at all. That reaction awoke something in me that I'll never forget, and I've been doing it ever since.
RAG: Who is in your headphones right now?
WOS, Aries, brakence, Poupie, Nasaya
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
Most times it's just stories my friends tell me about their friendships and relationships, or even random experiences. I'm also very drawn to words with more than one meaning, random sentences in a conversation or a fight I might have, phrases from books, movies and even the news. Anything that brings out a reaction in me, I write down.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this record. Who are some of your biggest musical influences? Thank you! It's honestly a huge mix of things from xxxtentacion, little dragon, Bon Iver, Ludwig Goransson, Tsundere Twintails, SYML
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I can sometimes be in a studio for 24hrs straight, so I try to do outdoor stuff as much as I can like tennis or climbing, and get some sun on me. I'm also kind of a film freak, so any down time I get is all about watching movies and hanging with my dog Socks.
RAG: Would you say live performances are a big part of what you do?
Huge part and my favorite part. That's where everything I do comes together. Every song and visual I make comes alive in a show. I don't think I'm ever as happy as I am when it's the first time I perform a new song for a crowd.
RAG: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
More tour dates, videos, an album and some pretty unexpected collabs
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
keep an eye out on every new song's the lyrics and titles. They have little clues in there of the larger story of the album and album name.