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GET TO KNOW: Richard Orofino

After impressing so many with his terrific 'SPELL' EP near the end of last year, Brooklyn-based artist Richard Orofino now returns to deliver his next spellbinding delight 'Wanna Say'.

Channelling more of that fresh and uplifting alt-pop direction we know him for, 'Wanna Say' makes for a wonderfully inviting listen. With his sweet and soaring voice layered over a bed of upbeat production, we will be humming this one for hours!

So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and influences over the years.


What was the first instrument you learned to play?

The first instrument I learned to play was the piano. I took lessons at age 7 and continued to teach myself by ear after that.

What was the first album you remember owning?

The first album I ever owned on my own was “Stadium Arcadium” by RHCP. I vividly remember seeing commercials for it on tv as a kid and they would play that song “Snow (Hey Oh)” in the background. I got it at target with my mom.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

I had a band I would write songs and perform with. I loved playing with them so much. We made sort of grungy-indie surf stuff, kind of all over the place.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

I think “Lotta Love” by Neil Young is a pretty perfect song, and It seems to make me think to myself, “Dang, I wish I wrote this” every time I hear it, haha.

What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?

The most thrilling part is always having people reach out and tell me how songs I’ve created have affected them. It’s really wild thinking about how I had a feeling or a thought and turned it into a song and then strangers listen to it, just so beyond cool.

And what about the most frustrating part?

The most frustrating part is definitely the creative blocks. It can be so difficult sometimes that you start to doubt everything you’ve ever created. It can definitely suck but the moment you get a spark again is so powerful.

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

At the moment I’ve been really into Helena Deland. Her album “Someone New” is insane and I keep watching her full live studio album performance video on YouTube. That would be incredible.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

My five year dream is to write, direct, and score a short film, or maybe just a regular one? Haha. I feel like those are 3 things I’ve been obsessed with my entire life and for that to be reality would be everything I could ever ask for.


Richard Orofino's new single 'Wanna Say' is available to stream now. Check it out below.


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