Aurora interview – “Life is so weird”

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Norwegian alt-pop artist Aurora returns to Montreal next week to play at MTelus on May 31. She says getting back on the road has been surprisingly effortless.

“It’s been strange, but also very nice,” she tells me from her hotel room in Los Angeles. “And strangely enough, it’s been very natural. It was very easy to go back into old ways. And it’s been very good for me to travel the world again and really meet the people that make all this possible. The people that make the music mean something and the music becomes so much more meaningful and important through the eyes of people. So it makes all the difference, it’s very, very important.”

Earlier this year, AURORA released her highly acclaimed new album The Gods We Can Touch via Glassnote Records. The Gods We Can Touch is an elegant and celestial but provocative body of work about shame, desire and morality, all seen through the narrative prism of Greek mythology. In each of the album’s 15 songs, we meet a different god or goddess.

She says the songs always evolve when she takes them on the road and plays them in front of her audience. “They change from day to day. And even during each show, the same song can change. It depends who I sing it to. Cause I see my audience very well from the stage. And I love looking at them, which makes me forget the lyrics often because sometimes they send so much overwhelming amounts of love or emotion back that I forget my lyrics. But I would really like to really look at people when I sing. And yeah, even from person to person, through them the whole meaning of everything changes so much because you really see in some people’s eyes how badly they need to be told whatever the song tells or how badly they connect to it. I don’t know. It’s, it’s really strong and it’s really fluid this whole thing.”

AURORA has proved herself to be a triple threat; a singer, songwriter and producer, since bursting onto the scene in 2015 with her debut EP, Running with The Wolves. AURORA has now amassed over 20 million monthly listeners on Spotify, racked up a whopping 3 billion overall career streams and 1 million+ global album sales. I ask her what success really means to her at this point in her life.

I think I feel very successful when I spend my time right. Because time is the most precious thing we have. We have a lot of it, more than we think, it’s definitely the most precious thing we have. And when I feel that I’ve spent my time either doing something, I love working really hard because I know eventually it will be a good thing. When I spend my time right, I feel very successful. And when I’m aware of what I’m doing, my power, my voice and my place in this world, sometimes it feels like I’m here alone. And sometimes it feels like I’m really coexisting with people and it’s a good balance to find. I don’t know. I think that’s when I feel the most successful because life is so weird.

Watch the full interview below:

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