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GET TO KNOWBOH DORAN

by Megan Bowles

An indie storm is brewing on the horizon…

As we’re moving from a long, hot summer into an already chilly autumn, we welcome Boh Doran’s new single, ‘Hurricane Eyes’, as the soundtrack to the new season. Think Mazzy Star plus an ethereal electronic touch, a 90s nostalgia fuelled expression of the darker emotions that a lot of us experience as the days get shorter and the sky greys with storm. The new single is a powerful expression of intense feeling, but keeps her signature indie spirit of her previous music alive, serving a perfect balance of the newly departed warm days and approaching winter.

Now producing out of her own LA studio, Boh’s track record is glittering with success. She found her musical feet playing in bands in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and since making her solo venture her previous singles have landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Created By Women and Fresh Finds playlists, as well as her recent feature on the  “Hello Goodbye” Beatles cover spot for MERCARI (2021 Super Bowl). She has even worked as a backup singer for popstar royalty Dua Lipa on TV appearances and performances, all the while working on her solo career on the side. A tough act to follow, but of course ‘Hurricane Eyes’ does not disappoint. Its sheer vulnerability and the raw emotion of its lyrics give a fresh take on her style, where she guides us through the rollercoaster of the anger that we are told to suppress. She accepts her own darker emotions, her own inner storm as beautiful chaos, and encourages us to do the same.

We heard from Boh about the truth behind the lyrics, where the track will lead her next and how it feels to be in the midst of a blossoming solo career…

Congratulations on your new single ‘Hurricane Eyes’! Tell me about the making of this song.

Thank you! I wrote this song about two years ago, around when summer was moving into autumn. It’s a seasonal transition we go through every year that can also sometimes be accompanied by a wave of darkness emotionally speaking…. The onset of the dark season has started to feel so familiar as I get older, as opposed to when I was a teenager for example. I made a demo with a drum machine, acoustic guitar, some sparkly synths and the lyric/melody. Production wise I wanted the song to feel a little creepy, cryptic and ethereal. Kind of like Mazzy Star + synths.

What does the track mean to you?

Well it’s about the feeling you have when you know a storm is coming. A force of nature that can’t be controlled, except the storm is inside of you. I think most people can relate to this. Our culture accepts and supports so many heavy emotional experiences these days – sadness, anxiety, depression are all tolerated. But anger and stormy behavior is still typically seen as a lack of self control. People who emotionally abuse themselves with anger need just as much compassion as those that suffer from depression and anxiety. All these things are related to worth issues. Also – there are healthy expressions of anger – which are simply about boundary setting for oneself and others.

Where do you feel this song will lead you to next, musically or personally?

Well on a higher level I think it helps me heal as a person. That is the whole point of writing and releasing anyway, to help yourself and others. I hope to continue to explore vulnerability in an authentic way… I say authentic because I feel like vulnerability has become a fad. A way to attract more followers and engagement. I’m a child of the 90s and I think some things are meant to be personal and intimate. Only I get to choose what vulnerable pieces of my journey I am ready and willing to share.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

My life experience, my friends and family, Los Angeles and other cities I’ve lived in. Those are the main sources. Artists I admire – that is a long list. I am currently very 90s nostalgia influenced – Mazzy Star, Cranberries, all the teen movies, things like this.

Do you remember the moment you fell in love with music?

I remember a culmination of many moments over a period of time. Dance parties with my dad to the Beatles and Van Morrison, buying my first CDs and tapes (TLC, Mariah Carey, Alanis Morissette). I fell in love with WRITING music in college, when a friend of mine sent me a CD of instrumentals to write lyrics and melodies over.

What makes you want to make music? What drives you to create?

It sounds corny but it really does transport me to other places. It can take a crummy moment and turn it into something beautiful. My music is the only tangible worldly thing that feels like me. It’s my home.

How would you describe your sound in 3 words?

Teen movie energy.

You worked as a former backup singer for Dua Lipa, how does it feel to be stepping into your solo career?

I sang for Dua on a handful of TV appearances and gigs alongside of doing my solo thing. Nothing crazy, I never toured with her. But she is an incredible artist and has an amazing team – I learned a lot from the few times I worked with her camp.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future who would it be and why?

I’ve always been a big Mark Ronson fan. I just think the production style is so defined and artist like… you can always tell it’s him.

What are the five albums that you feel have shaped you the most as an artist?

This could take months of reflection haha, I am going to include the super early days defining records here. They are probably what consciously and sub consciously set my path to where I am today.

The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We 

Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill 

Fleetwood Mac – Rumors

Ace of Base – The Sign 

TLC – Crazy Sexy Cool

Where do you hope to be this time next year? What about in 5 years?

In no particular order, these are some dreams of mine. Continuing to release lots of great music, collaborating with more producers and writers I admire, playing shows with amazing artists I admire … touring but not like road dog touring. Would love to be making custom music for high level shows T Bone Burnett style. Directing crazy music videos, perhaps starting a sustainable 90s fashion line. Maybe starting a music and video production house.

What’s coming up next for you?

Releasing another single on October 20th called ‘Time Moves’! Also planning an end of the year show in Los Angeles, likely December.

Press play on Boh Doran’s ‘Hurricane Eyes’ below now…

https://open.spotify.com/track/5R0vCr5hXzmPl9ovBKqLXk?si=7f20f5486ca847e3
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