The Creative Process: Ora Cogan on the Dark and Light of Songwriting (Video)

Vancouver Island, British Columbia’s Ora Cogan is a singer-songwriter and an experienced advocate for DIY touring. A few years back her album, Crickets, totally overtook me. The synths, the songwriting, the cinematic arrangements and sound design; I heard it, bought it, we connected on the road, and I’ve been a diehard fan ever since.

In my recent interview with Ora, she talks about how the process of making that record was so different from other records (including her recent EP, DYED) in that there was no “resistance” in the writing or production process. Usually, somewhere down the line there’s a crisis, problems that need to be solved, lyrics that don’t quite fit the new arrangements, etc. We chat about this and so much more — tune in!

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About Ora Cogan

Ora Cogan is a recording artist based on Vancouver Island known for her singular voice and cinematic compositions. Cogan has released seven albums to date while collaborating with a multitude of artists and touring extensively.

Ora’s self-released DYED EP was launched in October of 2022. Check out her latest single, “Cowgirl” which came out this summer, and will be released on her next full length, formless, on Aug 28.

I hope you’ve learned something new and actionable that you can employ in your own music making immediately.

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