COVID-19 has greatly impacted the music industry, and no one knows that more than Los-Angeles pop artist Nordi Blu. We sat down with Nordi to discuss her much anticipated new single, "Eye of the Hurricane" and how the pandemic affected its release.
What was your inspiration behind "Eye of the Hurricane"?
This is just like your really classic breakup anthem. I guess it's not quite like the break up yet, as much as it is being in a really nasty relationship but not knowing who you are without that person. Not being able to be without them but not being able to be with them either.
How long have you been working on this project?
I wrote this song in 2018 and I recorded it in 2019. It was supposed to come out in 2020 but the world fell apart so it's been on hold. It was supposed to come out last February but I just decided it didn't make sense; not with the way everything went down in 2020. It's coming out now February 19th of 2021.
Who were you able to work with on this project?
I worked with three other very talented songwriters, Nils Brunkhorst, Thomas Sykes and Lavon van der Toorn in Berlin, Germany. One is German, one is American and the other is, I want to say, half British and half Greek; a big 'ol international team. I had just gotten back from some writing sessions in Nashville so I was feeling that kind of country/rock/blues feeling in the moment. I really wanted to write something like that but it did not come out country at all, it came out very pop, very soul, very gospel. But it was a really fun write and they are all incredibly talented writers.
What are you hoping your listeners will get out of this project?
Just because I wrote this [song] about a romantic relationship, doesn't mean it can't be about any bad relationship. So I think this song can really translate to friendship, family or any type of relationship that has been abusive emotionally where you feel very attached to that person, you really don't feel like you exist without them and the process of going through the realization that you are in fact able, and that you should, let go of that for your own well-being. I'm really hoping that it translates over multiple different roles: that it's not just a breakup anthem but it's also encouragement to others to know you can get out of those situations, you can be yourself and find your sense of self again.
We know we can look forward to an "Eye of the Hurricane" music video soon, but what else can we expect from you in 2021?
I would love to release one if not two more singles, which would make a total of four singles for my upcoming record. The plan then would be all of those single would lead up to the full release of the debut album. That's my big big goal for 2021; I would love to get my record out.
In regards to this single, is there anything else you would like to share with fans, your listeners, and our readers?
I appreciate everybody's patience. I know that the pandemic has affected everyone, not just musicians. I really appreciate my fans giving me the luxury of patience and kindness and understanding that it's not because I didn't want to release it, it's because I just couldn't. Now that I've survived the worst of this, I'm really ready, guns blazing to be back and I'm really excited about that.
Nordi Blu -"Eye of the Hurricane" available on all major streaming platforms February 19th.