Interview with Dora Donaldson

What made you decide that music is the right path for you?

I’ve moved around so much in my life – almost every three years. Music was sometimes the only thing that stayed consistent and I could do it from anywhere. Songwriting helped keep a common thread between all the places I’ve called home and help process these different phases of my life. 

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

I usually write the lyrics first. Songwriting is so therapeutic for me so it usually starts with a feeling or emotion that I want to process. I basically write a poem and then put that to music. 

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

I will have two upcoming releases in the next few months, “I Let Go” and “Are You Ready”, completing the series of new releases in the past year that chronicle a journey of self-growth.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

I’ve been working on this series of tracks that represent a journey of self-growth. My first release “If This Is Your Love” acts as step one – recognising the difference between love and control and finding the courage to step away. “You Wonder Why” is the next step – It’s about finding your voice, setting your boundaries and pushing back against the inevitable backlash and internal conflict for becoming your own person. It can be in the context of any kind of relationship – romantic, platonic, familiar or societal.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

On the one hand, I think it’s had a huge impact on democratising music, increasing the opportunity for so many more people to produce and share their art with the world. The trade-off though is that the competition is so much bigger, many songs are quickly and mass produced and playlist culture takes away some intimacy from the industry. Overall though, there is also so much more opportunity to discover indie artists with soulful and meaningful songs you can connect with. 

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