Five Questions With Erockfor

Montreal, QC-based afro-jazz musician, Erockfor has released a video for her single, “I Thought You Loved Me”. This is the 1st single from Erockfor’s debut album Phoenix, which is set for release on October 1st. Erockfor wrote the song about the break-up of her marriage in 2014 which led to her moving to Korea where she gained confidence, started doing burlesque, and became a jazz performer.

“What happens when you come home, and there’s a woman on your marital bed?” asks Erockfor. “You write a song about it! While the song explores heartbreak and betrayal, I also wanted it to be hopeful. We can leave toxic situations and be okay.”

Check out the video below, and find out more about Erockfor via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Erockfor. I’m a Montreal-born jazz singer who dabbles in various genres of music. I lived in Seoul, South Korea for a huge chunk of my adult life, and I was a burlesque and jazz performer there.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Songwriting is really important to me. I enjoy wordplay and crafting songs I believe can resonate with a lot of people. Since I’m of West African descent, I explore afrobeat. But I have various other influences. This album is truly about my evolution—from my breakup until now (I sing about it in my first single). Between then and now, I’ve been through quite a bit and have grown a lot, and I had a lot of fun capturing that transformation through song. I used to be extremely shy. Yet, I moved to Korea and became a showgirl.

How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?

I do a lot of vocal exercises, write a bunch and come up with melodies. Since last year, I’ve also recorded myself singing a bunch and did Instagram lives for my audience. I also took up ballet-based stretching and completed a burlesque course.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

‘I Thought You Loved Me’ is my latest single. The chorus reminds me of what you’d hear in a fighting scene. It’s very cinematic, and gets me dancing everytime I hear it. The song itself explores heartbreak and betrayal, a topic many of us can relate to.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Aiza and Dominique Fils-Aimé are amazing vocalists. I really enjoy their music.

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