How did you come by your stage name?
It happened bit by bit. I was at first only using my first name Oriana, and I soon found out I had to differentiate myself, so I added the surname Curls. You could think it comes from the fact that my hair is curly, but it was actually more because curls are free and are never the same every day, so it’s all more about freedom, identity, and artistic expression. There’s beauty in something that’s imperfect. And this name also made me feel like I could be some sort of cartoon character!
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
The first memory I have is the one where I hold a microphone and sing songs. I was about 3 years old! I was a creative child and my teachers discovered very early on that I had some artistic abilities.. though I was quite shy so I held back quite a lot. I started to be really sure around the age of 15, I couldn’t imagine my life without singing. It was just the beginning of a long and difficult journey as it hasn’t been straightforward in my case!
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
Style constantly evolves, so I would say it’s a mixture of what I see online or around me, and how I feel within my own body, and I guess it’s about having an eye for things that suit me.
Oriana Interview with Muzique Magazine
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
I’ve actually developed the concept for quite a few years. I created my own virtual world ‘Curlsworld’ in one of my previous videos, and it all turned into a mixture of art, music, and storytelling. I’ve created a world where people can be free to be themselves and I guess that’s my biggest aspiration. My EP is about the journey of getting there, and all the challenges we can encounter as we try to be the best version of ourselves.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I work every day. I guess that’s the positive thing! But I can easily get distracted by social media or other life worries, so my challenge is to keep focused, positive and proactive. And also accept that sometimes we don’t really know where we are going, but we just have to keep on trying and see what happens. I guess exercising, eating healthy, and trying to have daily goals are what I have always aspired to.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
That’s a good question! I think I’m the best at being me, so I guess that’s a yes.
What are your plans for the near future?
I’ve recorded a few collaborations with other artists, so I’m looking forward to releasing them soon!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shoutouts?
For this particular project, I would of course like to thank my producer Joe Rodwell who did a fantastic job and turned my demos into amazing tracks! And also thank Nick Lewis for the mastering and everyone else involved in the creative process, from my music video to the artwork and the EP launch (there are too many people to mention here!). And of course, everyone who believes in me and supports me, you know who you are.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Don’t be scared to try new things and fail, that’s the only way we learn and progress!