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5 Minutes With… Andrea Kánya (Adori Office)

Andrea Kánya is from Budapest in Hungary. She formed Adori Office together with Gabor Joó in 2012. Andrea co-writes their songs and is the vocalist of Adori Office.


How would you describe your music in 5 words or less?
Upset, sharp, liquid.

Who or what inspired you to become a musician?
Pains, experiments and losses. And Cindy Lauper, of course.

Which do you prefer, studio or stage?
Stage.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?
I was so young, when I played at a talent show with my first indie-rock band. Well, I remember that I got the jitters, so when I walked out on stage, I suddenly lost my voice, and could not sing at all. My bandmates were playing, but I was just standing there for a couple of minutes silently, blocked. It felt like an eternity. Fortunately I could connect finally.

Proudest moment on stage?
Our very first gig was in the Kontra Klub at Trafó, which unfortunately is now closed. It was like a friendly communal meditation for electronic music – our music. The club had some magical atmosphere and we felt that our sounds had a big influence for the audince, who were sitting on the floor and moving slowly, but then more and more people stood up and started to dance. There was something special in the air that night. The other proud memory is from last year when we were the warm up band of Yelle, and we played for hundreds of people on the A38 Ship.

Favorite summer Festival here in Hungary, and why?
Sun Festival, Samsara Festival, Művészetek völgye… Special and magical events, wich are so friendly and close to nature. Ah yes, and Kolorado Festival is a new one but I did not go this year, hope I can visit it next year – probably with Adori Office.

What is your musical dream or ambition?
Actually, to have orchestral versions of our songs. And I would be really happy if I heared ourselves in films.

Which do you prefer, fröccs or beer?
Fröccs.

Describe your perfect summer’s day in Budapest.
Go for a walk with my doggie in the heart of the city – Szabadság tér-Parlament- Olimpia park – after drink a strong coffee anywhere. Then go to ashtanga to my favourite teacher (Nadi), have some sunbath at Római Part with my beautiful, silly friends with picnic plates and fröccs. Actually, rehearsals always charge me fully, so in the evening we make some music with Gábor and our unique and amazing drummer, Ákos, writing songs and we solve the meaning of life, as usual. Finally I close the day with a good book on my terrace.

Which stage/venue would you play at outside of Hungary?
I have just seen the video of a gig of Gus Gus, wich was held on the top of Mount Esja in Reykjavík, Iceland… So, for example, it would be perfect. But, to be honest: I am very happy to go anywhere.

Do you have a favourite artist who sings in English but their native language is different? (not counting Hungarians)
Lykke Li, Fever Ray, Jonna Lee (iamamiwhoami).

Scientists have proved that some people feel music so strongly the sensations can be compared to sex. Can that be applied to you? Which song would you like to make your skin orgasm?
Of course! It happens a thousand times with me. For instance, today I have two skin orgasm-songs on my tracklist: ‘Suffering Is The Art Of Love’ by Fink and ‘Everywhere You Go’ by Mari Kvien Brunvoll.