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Best of the Listening Room | Meet KORDELYA

Best of the Listening Room | Meet KORDELYA
My Life in MusicNovember 11, 2020

We’re shining a spotlight on some of the standout performances that have taken place in the listening room this year. Every week, we’ll share a song or two from a past livestream show that you shouldn’t miss. Find the videos on our YouTube channel and learn more about the artists, their work, and their music journey, here on the Sofar blog. 

This week, meet KORDELYA, a Mexican-American artist who blends textures and trap-like productions into light-hearted songs. Watch her stunning performance of “Torn,” and learn more about her music journey below!

If you could hear one album on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Bon Iver‘s self-titled album. It just never gets old! It’s one of those albums that keeps on giving. Every time you listen to it you discover something new and that’s what makes it a classic in my mind. Plus listening to it makes any mundane task interesting, so that’s always a plus in my book.

Can you name a moment that you realized how important music is to you? How did that moment shape your transition into a music career?

First time I wrote a song. It was about a fight I had with someone very close to me. When I was done, it felt like I didn't have to carry that pain with me anymore because it now lived in that song. I could now leave a bad moment but also a good moment there suspended in time.

That changed me forever. I realized that the best way to get over someone or something is to turn them into literature, or in my case, music. I had this tool now. A kind of cheap therapy. So I figured, if it helped me this much then I knew it could help someone else out there going through the same thing.

Tell us about your latest album. 

Mal Hecha — every song talks about an imperfection.

What made you want to cover, “Torn”?

I knew it had a deeper meaning to me.

How has your music career changed in the past year since the start of COVID-19? 

Honestly for the better. More opportunities and I’ve gotten to become a better musician.

What’s an album that’s gotten you through quarantine? 

SYML‘s self-titled album.


Catch more rising artists in the listening room every weekday at 3PM EST, and stay tuned for the next Best of the Listening Room feature! But first, watch this pre-COVID Sofar show from KORDELYA