Australian-born Adria is an exciting prospect indeed.
After taking a short break from music, the London-based artist is back with the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2015 EP ‘Shell’ – and it’s another tightly-wound piece of cinematic electro-pop with the alt-popper’s haunting vocals at the fore. Wrap your ears around ‘Gold Water’ below.
With this brand new single out today, we caught up with Adria to get to know the strikingly talented woman behind the music.
‘Gold Water’ is gorgeous. How did the track come about?
“Thank you so much! I always write about how I’m feeling or something I’m going through at that point in time, because I want the emotions in my songs to be as raw as possible. We tend to romanticise the past sometimes and nostalgia can play tricks on us. I really don’t want to do that. ‘Gold Water’ was no different.”
How did Adria start out?
“Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been singing and been surrounded by music. It feels like the one thing that I can rely on and it just made sense to do what I love. I went to a specialist dance school and developed a huge love for ballet, which inspired me to learn the piano and everything musically naturally progressed from there. I began by playing in rock bands back home in Perth and I suppose I gained my confidence through that. I wanted to try and see what I would create if I went out and did it on my own.”
What inspired your name?
“My mother was born in Croatia and named me after the Adriatic Sea, which surrounds the Croatian coast. I actually didn’t know that until I went down the route of promoting my music.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“I can’t say that there is any single artist that influences me consciously, as I tend to write based on whatever I’m feeling that day regardless of genre. My mood is the biggest influence! I will say that Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) completely stopped me in my tracks when I heard her album ‘Two Suns’. She opened up my eyes in terms of contemporary alternative pop music and inspired me to be a fearless writer. I’m loving Sevdaliza’s new album ‘Ison’, FKJ, Sade and I have to say Mariah Carey. She taught me how to sing. I would sit in my room on the weekends and try to hit all her high notes until I would lose my voice. I suppose I have a soft spot for strong female artists.”
Any other new artists that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Not just yet, but watch this space.”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Adria?
“I just want to create as much music as possible. This is what makes me the happiest and to me is the most fulfilling thing to see a small seed of a song grow into a beautiful full grown flower.”