Artist Interview – Zory Burner

Zory Burner is a Singer-Songwriter and composer originally from Bulgaria, but now living and pursuing her music career in London. Zory’s style of music is hauntingly original and we were really happy when she agreed to complete a full feature interview for Song Revelation. Read on to discover how Zory creates her innovative yet commercial tracks, her musical inspirations and which modern day artists she looks up to.

 

Zory Burner


 

Q: Who are you called?

Zory Burner. When I moved to London to pursue and develop my music career, I registered in the online community ‘Second Life’, where I used to do some virtual gigs. That’s where my stage name Burner comes from.

 

Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?

My general goal as a composer and songwriter is to create completely innovative styles and music which is unlike anything out there… If I had to place it in a category, my music would probably go under experimental rock and world fusion genres. I like to mash up alternative metal elements with Bulgarian or Celtic folk and add symphonic instruments to bring in a soundtracky feel…

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

A beautifully dark and haunting hybrid of styles, bringing souls together through the mysteries of sound that make you travel to another world.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I studied music theory and played the piano professionally for 10 years (Bulgarian School of Performing Arts), which included a solo or duo classical concert every year. For about 7 of those years I sang at an Orthodox church choir, the last of which I lead the choir. Then I concentrated solely on writing music and lyrics. My further training expanded to taking several courses (composition and orchestration, live music band and vocals) in Moscow and in London, UK. In 2008 I moved to London to pursue my dreams, where I started producing my own tunes, as well as gaining experience in writing film music.

 

Q: How was 2010 for you?

The year of 2010 proved very productive in my path as a creative artist: in addition to getting a master’s degree, setting up my own self-titled label and releasing my debut album (after having worked with several recording studios and put 3 singles on the online market, as well as leading several UK unsigned charts for weeks), in 2010 I’ve scored 4 short films, composed the theme and soundtrack to an online mini series (3 episodes so far), and wrote and arranged the music to my very first stage musical.

 

Zory Burner

Zory Burner


Q: Who inspires you musically?

My Bulgarian background has set the basis for me: the harmonious and disharmonious folklore, as well as the Byzantine Orthodox chant music. And, of course, my personal taste in rock music is a part of me every step of the way.

My vocals have been compared to Lisa Gerrard and Norah Jones, my melodies are influenced by Blackmore’s Night and Damien Rice, my arrangements and general feel are influenced by Stained and especially by Linkin Park’s input of hybridity within a musical genre.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Linkin Park, Staind, Lisa Gerrard, Bjork, Eminem, Green Day, Nightwish, Blackmore’s Night, Blue October, Deftones, The Rasmus, Norah Jones; composers like Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, etc.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Eminem! Surprised? I’ve been interested in such a possibility ever since his duet with Dido came out… Of course I would absolutely love to get to work with Linkin Park one day – I’ve been a true fan, especially from a musician’s perspective, from the start. I am also quite curious what it would be like to be at the studio with Bjork!

 

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

I little bit of everything. I recently started going over the music of some of the American Idols – Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Adam Lambert… I love discovering new music, I tend to pick songs I hear on various TV shows or movies…

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I usually just sit at my piano, play something randomly and a tune comes out, with accidental words or even just syllables or a hint of a story… Sometimes I like challenging myself with how great of a melody I can come up with on the spot while having my fingers play something completely random on my keyboard… Sometimes I wake up in the morning with a new tune on my mind or on a train while looking out the window and musing… It’s a bit less common for me, but it happens to start with a message I’d like to put into a song and bring it to life with an appropriate melody. And then comes my favorite part of that stage of the process – the arrangement. Y’all know how the rest goes ;-)

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They’re equally important. Even though it would depend on the purpose of the song. The melody tends to be the first thing that captures your attention, so a good melody is what pulls you into the song in the first place; while the lyrics might draw a stronger appreciation later on, if they happen to be meaningful to you personally, after you’ve been initially intrigued, quite possibly even by the arrangement of the track…

 

Q: Where are you based?

London, UK.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I am originally from Bulgaria. The beauty, the intricacy and sheer perfection of the Bulgarian folklore is a very strong foundation for any musician-to-be. Unfortunately the opportunities for realization and development, especially for an artist like myself, are especially limited. London is my second home now and it currently holds my professional hopes and dreams, so the specificity and richness of my background can indeed be fruitful.

 

Zory Burner

Zory Burner


Q: What are you currently working on?

At the moment I am working on several projects, the biggest of which is a Christian musical. I wrote 22 tracks for it in 2010 and now I’m working towards putting it on stage.

Here’s where you can find out some more about it: http://jcwop.zoryburner.com/

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

The release of my debut album in the middle of 2010. It came together with the launch of my personal website – www.zoryburner.com

What felt especially amazing to me was a message I received a few days later from an acquaintance of mine, saying how impressed she was by the fact that exactly a year before my album’s release date, I’d said to her that I intend to write, arrange, perform, record and ultimately release my first 12-original-song professional CD, which would be a great step for me in my career as a recording artist, and exactly a year later that’s what I did… Set a goal and made it happen!

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

I’ve been writing plenty of new songs recently, as well as instrumental pieces for various record projects. I am working towards putting together the right material, so I can start off the studio recording process. I’m planning on releasing my second album in 2012.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I am blessed to have my professional life match my hobbies and interests. When I’m not working on a project, I enjoy just playing; I recently started learning to play the electric bass, as I’ve always had a great passion for the sound of the bass. Apart from music, I enjoy doing a bit of video editing and graphic design, though I’ve started developing those skills to a more professional level. When I’m not working on any of those as a job, I would play around for fun; I love creating and sharing my creations or dedicating them to people I care about. As far as outdoors activities go, nature walks are my thing and taking pictures (and then editing them in photoshop). When it comes to non-creative ways of chilling out – I’d watch movies or TV shows, or even play some computer games – what can I tell you, I’m a geek ;-)

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Here’s a link to my showreel as a film music composer, which I designed and put together in late 2010.

 

Zory Burner

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Editor’s Note: Zory Burner creates a unique blend of sounds and harmony that supports incredibly strong melodies to give a haunting, profound and extremely pleasing sound. At Song Revelation we’re really looking forward to listening to more of Zory’s work in the near future!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Zory Burner, just follow the links below:

web page link: http://zoryburner.com

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zory-Burner/211994984397

Youtube embeds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZT7HxQULNc

twitter link: http://twitter.com/zoryburner

myspace link: http://myspace/zorybg

cd baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/burnerzory

soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/zoryburner/crying

reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/zoryburner

 

Great Music for the Road

All you technically need for your next road trip this summer is, of course, a vehicle and a full gas tank. But there are inarguably a few things that you must be prepared with in order to set forth on your next road trip. No cruising would be complete without some supremely unhealthy snacks, a trusty pair of shades, and a road trip play list. Can you imagine driving without a selection of tunes, with only silence or your friend’s snoring surrounding you? It just wouldn’t be the same!

The perfect road trip play list should be sing-along worthy, help to pass the time quickly, keep you alert without the use of Red Bull, and encompass the free and exciting feeling of being out on the open road. Because no road trip would be complete without it, here is a list of ten great albums for the road.

 

 

 

 

Guy Forsyth

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(1) Guy Forsyth, Steak, Texas Music Group, 2000

Austin-based artist Forsyth has been praised as one of the most intriguing figures in the blues world today. His album of “rockin’ American blues” includes songs such as “Cadillac,” which explores the idea that no woman can resist a big, shiny car.

 

 

 

 

 

Outkast

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(2) Outkast, Stankonia, La Face, 2000

There is a reason that Outkast is one of the most successful hip hop groups of all time, and that this album, their fourth, is the one that really rocketed them to commercial success. By the time you get to “B.O.B,” the eleventh and best track, you won’t be able to sit still in your seat and you’ll probably spill your Big Gulp in your lap.

 

 

 

 

 

AC/DC

(3) AC/DC, Highway to Hell, Epic Records, re-released in 2003 (original release date 1979)

Tracks like “Girls Got Rhythm” and “Shot Down in Flames” are ones you’ll know even if you’ve never listened to an AC/DC album before. Just don’t get a frog in your throat as you try to imitate Bon Scott’s unique screamy tenor voice.

 

 

 

 

 

The Eagles

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(4) The Eagles, Eagles, Elektra/Wea, 1972

A little bit country, a little bit American rock, and a little bit bluegrass, The Eagles’ classic debut album is chock-full of peaceful, easy feeling songs that will take your mind off of the fact that there is not another rest stop for 64 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

Daft Punk

(5) Daft Punk, Human After All, Virgin Records US, 2005

This French duo’s raucous electronic tracks are seriously infectious. To really pass the time in the car, listen to the ninth song “Technologic” and count the number of times it uses the word “it.” (Okay, I’ll tell you: It’s 350 times.)

 

 

 

 

 

John Legend

(6) John Legend, Get Lifted, Sony, 2004

John Legend’s Get Lifted is distinctly more upbeat than his follow-up album Once Again. It has just the right combination of Legend’s smooth-like-butter voice and catchy beats. Plus, it features tracks with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, The Stephens Family, and Miri Ben-Ari. Win.

 

 

 

 

David Bowie

(7) David Bowie, Best Of Bowie, Virgin Records US, 2002

How cool is Bowie? He’s so cool that in 1975, he was asked to perform on Soul Train. Yes, he’s that cool. This 2-CD set covers all of his best over four decades, from “China Girl” to “I’m Afraid of Americans.”

 

 

 

 

 

Alanis Morissette

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(8) Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill, Maverick, 1995

Anyone who claims to not enjoy loudly belting out the lyrics to “You Oughta Know,” “Hand In My Pocket” and “All I Really Want” is a liar. Plain and simple. Yeah, I said it.

 

 

 

 

 

Beck

(9) Beck, Odelay, Geffen, 1996

Beck is undoubtedly one of the most creative musical artists of the 1990s. This album is an interesting and perhaps even slightly absurd mix of electronic bleeps, soulful blues, garage-style kitsch, punk guitar riffs, and smooth melodies. In short, it’s got a little something for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

DJ Tiesto

(10) DJ Tiësto, Summerbreeze, Nettwerk Records, 2000

Something about this remarkably accomplished DJ’s continuous in-the-mix album just pairs up beautifully with the highway and open windows. It’s less “bleep bloopy” than many other trance albums, and has a smooth sound that you can’t really help but bob your head to.

 

Do the Numbers Add Up for Musical Groups?

The White Stripes

The news that The White Stripes have officially split up will have caused great consternation throughout the world of indie music. In saying that, the Detroit duo belong as much to the world of blues, country, folk and hard rock as indie such was their versatility and talent. The fact that two people, with one of them being described as a fairly limited drummer, could make such a varied sound on stage and on record indicated what a talented duo they were. It is sad that The White Stripes will no longer be around but music fans will no doubt be treated to a lot of new songs by Jack White in a various number of bands.

 

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When it comes to bands and what is deemed as proper music, it may be difficult to think of too many duos that have lit up the world of music. The Carpenters would be an obvious candidate and comparisons would be made with the fact that both duos features girl drummers. Some may go further to suggest that both groups featured brother and sister acts. This is certainly true for the Carpenters but the story about Jack and Meg White being siblings was a rather tall tale created by Jack.

 

The Black Keys are Another Great Duo

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In more recent times but remaining in the blues rock vein that the White Stripes specialised in, The Black Keys are a standout band. The duo has picked up a large fan base in recent years and a lot of this is down to their scintillating live shows. Even though there are only two people on stage for the Black Keys, their mix of drums, guitar and keyboards makes more than enough volume and melody to keep everyone satisfied with the raucous entertainment.

 

In a similar style, UK indie kids have had the Ting Tings emerge as a duo that can fill venues and raise the roof with a spirited showing. The duo owe a lot of their success due to their smash-hit ‘Thats Not My Name’ but with two albums behind them, they have more than enough material to play a headlining set. The same can be said for another UK indie duo, Blood Red Shoes, who also tend towards the side of blues tinged indie rock. It is interesting to note that both of the UK acts provide a mix of gender but unlike The White Stripes or The Carpenters, the drummer is male whilst the up-front guitarist and vocalist is a female.

 

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Some of the Best 80′s Electronic Acts were Duos

Musical duos in music are nothing new but there is definitely something that stands out when they perform. Whether it is early 80′s electronic acts like Yazzoo or Soft Cell or more modern acts like The White Stripes or the Black Keys, there is enough evidence to show that two people can make the music that millions of people all around the world enjoy. Music fans will definitely be upset about the absence of The White Stripes from the music scene but there will hopefully be new duos to enjoy and see in concert.

 

The Black Keys

 

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