Interview with EDM Artist Seapora
How did you get started in the music industry?
I started singing when I was seven years old and at the time I loved Madonna, Michael Jackson, Sade, C + C Music Factory and Tracy Chapman among many others. My music tastes evolved and in college I got into EDM when a friend of mine showed me, “As the rush comes” by Motorcycle and introduced me to The Ministry of Sound radio. I started listening to all kinds of EDM, from House and Trance, to Bass Music. In 2008 I was at a club in Santa Barbara and one of the DJs told me to contact Icon Collective because producers there were looking for a female vocalist to sing on their tracks. I called up Icon Collective and we arranged a studio session for the next day.
When I walked into Icon Collective, I was given a tour of their studios. I went into the vocal booth and started laying down lyrics over what they had created and I was hooked! I realized that this is what I wanted to do – singing moving lyrics over heart pounding dance tunes. The experience inspired me to study music production at Pyramind in San Francisco, where I met like-minded producers who I wrote some incredible songs with.
Nowadays I’m involved in everything from House Music to west coast Glitch Hop, and try to write music that is not only catchy, but also explores profound and relevant issues.
Tzipporah means singing bird in Hebrew and my grandmother was always singing to me. She inspired me to sing and I took that name, singing bird, and I made Seapora out of it. Seapora also combines “sea” and “pora.” I am a Pisces and the sea inspires me to write music and pora comes from the word porous, which represents my open and reflective nature. Seapora also relates to how I would
like my fans to receive my music, as I hope it “seaps” deep into their “pores.”
You just released your indie dance album “Seapop” can you tell us about the process of making that album.
I started developing the lyrics and collaborating with producers starting in 2012. I wanted to create an album that was unique and mind-blowing, where there was a track that appealed to multiple musical tastes.
Each song on the Seapop album took about 3-4 months to create. Once the instrumentation was ready and the producer finalized the sound, I spent the time to work out the melody and feel out what the music was trying to evoke lyrically. I would visit the ocean, and stare out across the horizon while listening to the instrumental, and allow it to soak into my soul, like the ocean waves rolling onto the sand. The lyrics would then come to me, and flow out of me.
In order for the lyrics to be captured correctly you have to sing them from the heart and with passion and be able to envision a scene where the story unfolds. After each studio session I would fine-tune the melody and add layers and vocal textures with each producer. The mixing engineer would then mix the song down and send me versions for approval.
After each song was fully mixed to perfection PrismaPhonic mastered the album and put the final touches on the sound.
I want to take my listeners to the next level. Pop/dance music has lately been about superficial topics. Most of them try to sell listeners on the idea of sex, fame, or fortune. Society is often led around by the puppet strings of big business, and there are more meaningful issues that I believe should be given focus.
“War and Fame,” for instance, is about how our world is driven by greed and violence, but that there is another method to how we approach one another and interact as a society. Sojourn is a story about a journey on a spaceship into the center of the sun, and is a story about ego-death. It takes symbolism from the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Greek Mythology to describe how our egos will be sloughed off between this life and the next. These are just a couple of examples of how I’ve tried to weave interesting stories and concepts into this album, and provide a truly multidimensional experience for my listeners.
There are also some fun songs that aren’t quite as deep, such as Stop the Show, or Remember Me, and these also celebrate the multidimensional spirit, as we are all sometimes superficial, as much as we are all sometimes deep individuals.
Check out the full album stream here www.seapopalbum.com
With “Seapop” being the first in the series can you give us any info on the second one to be released?
Seaflow will be the next album in the series to be released. In this album I work with one producer, Somatik, and touch on existentialist concepts, deep loss and struggle. If you can imagine during the hero’s journey, there is a point where the hero has an ordeal, and they have to reconcile that. Seaflow divulges into the darker sides of life and humanity. The musical style is more indie electronic/indie rock. The bpm is slower and the overall mood is more melancholy and reflective.
What inspires your music?
Life inspires my music. The ups and downs, the profound experiences and changes we go through everyday. New technology, scientific advancements, politics, and the many forms of love we get to see and feel.
If you were not in the music industry what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t in the music industry I would either be acting in independent films that evoke social change, traveling the world and engaging in conservation projects and bringing awareness to global issues, taking photos for national geographic, or running my own floral shop. In this day an age there are many different careers one can experience in a lifetime.
I would love to collaborate with Sade or Kaskade.
Who does all of your artwork?
Daniel Choe www.limeflavorednoms.com and Madeline Garfolo www.gemstudiosf.com are visual artists that brought the Seapop vision to life with their artwork. Peter Farr did all of the graphic design, color and placement for the album. He also designed the t-shirt and sticker. I am really blessed to have a team of talented artists on board.
Do you have any shows coming up or anywhere we can see you perform?
The Seapop CD release party will be taking place at 111 Minna on October 16th from 8:00pm-10:00pm. There will be a lot of visual artists showcasing their work as well as other Chillage Records DJ’s performing. Tickets are for sale on Eventbrite
If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
I would love to travel through time and be an immortal Time Lord like Dr. Who.
Favorite place to eat?
Cholita Linda in Oakland. They have the best baja fish tacos and their asado Peruvian sandwich with caramelized onions, organic arugula and aioli is to die for. The aguas frescas are also refreshing and delicious. If it is a special occasion then I would say the Hanabi role at Sakana in Santa Barbara with some hot sake would steal the night.
Being in California there is tons of places to visit.Where is your favorite place?
There are so many amazing things to do in California, it is hard to choose just one place. I love exploring the coast and local hiking trails in Marin, such as the Tennessee Valley trail or the Matt Davis trail, which ends at Stinson beach. I love being connected to nature and the ocean.
I recently got back from hiking the high Sierra camps in Yosemite and it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. We explored miles of beautiful mountains, crystal clear lakes, and powerful water falls!
Where can everyone follow you (i.e Facebook, Twitter, website etc)
Also you can find my album here:
And you can find my record label here:
Do you have any shout outs or Thank you’s?
My entire family means the world to me and I couldn’t have made these albums without their support. Grandma Rebecca your beautiful voice inspired me to pursue singing as a means of impacting people’s lives. Thank you Peter Farr for all of your hard work on my album and being my rock. Many thanks to all of the producers on the album: Alex Gonzalez, Ian Andrewson, Nathan Singhapok, Peter Farr, Will Bauer and Zachary Citron for all the hard work you’ve put into the Seapop album production. Thank you to all of my friends who have supported me throughout the years and invariably influenced the album.
Mix 247 EDM would also like to thank Seapora, Wilf at Hammarica and Peter at Chillage Records for the interview!