We are sharing here our conversation with Ophelia Dore. She might be considered a relevantly new artist in the industry but she has been creating music from last few years and also got expertise in playing harp. So she is an exciting entry into the music arena.
Twist Online : Please introduce yourself to the readers.
Ophelia Dore : Hey! I professionally go by Ophelia Dore. I’m currently in college at Belmont University studying Music Business to get my B.B.A., and I’m from Chicago, Illinois. I currently have two albums out, “Synchrony” and “Sanctuary”, which I wrote, produced, and released completely independently this summer.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into this profession?
Ophelia Dore : I always knew I wanted to pursue music, but I was steered away from it due to its perceived impracticality. It was during high school that I knew I couldn’t live a true life if music wasn’t a key part of my career, particularly when I heard the film scores of Jakes Newton Howard, Howard Shore, and especially Marcelo Zarvos. I knew in those moments that I wanted to create work equally beautiful and tear-inducing or I would live without meaning or gumption.
Twist Online : Your work is considered classical crossover. Any particular reason for that ?
Ophelia Dore : Although classically trained, my work does not suit the more strict definition of “classical”, rather, it incorporates more modern elements and subsequently is put in the su genre of “crossover”. I personally appreciate the distinction, as I don’t feel the pressure of upholding the tradition of what is thought to be classical music.
Twist Online : You have been playing harp from 9 years. Have you learnt it from somewhere?
Ophelia Dore : I was fortunate enough to have formal training in the harp, and have continued to receive guidance during higher education.
Twist Online : Is there any inspiration behind donating All money from your music to ‘Leukemia Research’?
Ophelia Dore : I’ve never told this part of the story before, but someone I knew passed away from leukemia in November of 2015. It was after he passed that I wrote “Souring Soul”, my first and favourite piece. During the writing process I had a sense that he was present, and that I did him justice in trying to make it sound like him. He was exuberant, witty, incredibly kind, intelligent, and always himself. He went through his illness filled with hope and love, and that is the legacy I want to uphold. I do not need to profit from my work, for it is not what drives me to create. I instead want to change lives, and keep Alex as influential in death as he was in life.
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music genre?
Ophelia Dore : I mostly listen to work of my own genre, but I absolutely love to scream-sing to Top 40 on the radio in my car. I am far from a subdued individual, and that is definitely one example of how I let loose. My music has a tendency to be serious and melancholy, but I will be the first person to belt out the new Ariana Grande song at an atrocious volume despite any glares I may receive from other vehicles.
Twist Online : What are your future goals as a music artist?
Ophelia Dore : The sky is the limit! My head is already in the clouds anyways. I never want to cease to compose, but I’m definitely open to other musical pathways. Whether I predominantly perform as a harpist or land my dream as a film composer, I will aspire to the best I can be. I don’t want to keep my eyes on only one goal. I’ve only been in the business for a few months now, and I have no idea what will come!
Twist Online : Are you working on any other new project? when it will be released?
Ophelia Dore : A remastered version of “Souring Soul” will be released everywhere on Monday October 24th of this year, on what would’ve been Alex’s 28th birthday.
Twist Online : Are you active on social media?
Ophelia Dore : I am! I have official Ophelia Dore pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr