Richard Orofino is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter and producer. An already decorated artist and a sought-after writer/producer, he has collaborated with a diverse group of artists in NY, LA, Nashville and London including Evan Voytas (UPSAHL, Loyal Lobos), Isaac Flynn (Hembree) and John Carroll-Kirby (Solange, Connan Mockasin). After discovering the art of production in 2013, he has been able to fuse his strong artistic vision across all aspects of being a modern-day ‘singer-songwriter plus’ offering.
With a string of releases so far this year such as ‘Fake Me’ and ‘Wanna Say’ featured in the likes of Wonderland, Clash Magazine and more, Richard now releases his long-awaited EP ‘Chimaera’, with the stunning alt-pop lead single ‘Scratch Off’. Richard’s personality and a subtle yet deserved swagger shines through on this track in particular, with his once bedroom pop sound now evolving into a whole other sphere, implementing his own stamp in what feels like a significant body of work for Richard.
Speaking on the meaning behind ‘Scratch Off’ and the EP, Richard explains: “‘Scratch Off’ takes place in a sort of interrogation scenario, lyrically held to the mouth of the captor or overseer. The perspective we hear from has an evil energy, making us sympathize with this prisoner we hear about in the song. Our narrator gets joy from hearing their captive shout, “Let me go back home”, and laughing while they sit “under a fluorescent hell zone.
“Although I found myself diving back into my love for rock and folk music, Chimaera definitely feels like a new stage for my music. I think building production around these sort of emo/folk songs has allowed me to mess around with blending synth and pop elements in a new way. Lyrically, Chimaera touches on a few themes with the most forefront being loneliness, identity, and change. A lot of doubt, depression and self sabotage come into play as well. Really fun, happy stuff.”
Gary Dranow delivers a soulful hit with “Bedroom Mentor”
Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions have unleashed a sonic storm with their latest single, “Bedroom Mentor,” which has received critical acclaim for its captivating melodies and electrifying rock and metal music. This boundless talent of skilled musicians boasts a diverse and accomplished international background, all sharing an unwavering passion for creating innovative music. With “Bedroom Mentor,” the band delivers a progressive symphony that enthralls audiences with its unforgettable dynamism and musical virtuosity from when the first chords strike to the last note.
Drawing inspiration from renowned melodic musical icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Metallica, the track “Bedroom Mentor” pays homage to the genre’s legends while establishing its distinct identity. The song is a testament to the band’s exceptional ability to seamlessly fuse classic rock nostalgia with a contemporary metal intensity, creating a sonic experience that transcends boundaries and resonates with audiences globally.
Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions are renowned for their dynamic energy and emotive musical style, which they imbue with authenticity and precision. “Bedroom Mentor,” their latest production, reflects their personal struggles, featuring heartfelt lyrics and dynamic instrumentation that elevate the band’s meticulously crafted sound to new heights of artistic excellence. With each riff and beat, the band takes the listener on a virtuosic rollercoaster ride, showcasing their exquisite mastery and impeccable musicianship, leaving an indelible impression on the audience.
The vocal performance of Gary Dranow in the production of “Bedroom Mentor” was outstanding and skillfully complemented by the band’s perfectly orchestrated symphony. The resulting musical experience created an enthralling sonic landscape that is a testament to their artistic prowess and creativity. The band’s unique sound defies easy categorization, blending alternative and metal-rock influences into one electrifying package.
“Bedroom Mentor” is just the beginning for Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions, as this dynamic ensemble, with an extensive discography already under their belt, is poised to impact the world of rock and metal music. Music aficionados and rock and metal enthusiasts should note this captivating phenomenon, as they are a must-listen for anyone looking to experience a soulful adventure.
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