Independent music producer, DJ, and songwriter Brainheart teams up with the stunning vocal stylings of Dorel for their recent 6-track EP entitled The Strange Kids.
Born Roi Zohar, Brainheart started playing piano at 15 and never looked back. Having struggled in the school system, music started as a way to distract himself from school struggles but quickly became much more than that. His electronic creations know no bounds—from dance music to cinematic future house and pop productions, Brainheart does it all.
His latest body of work, The Strange Kids, alongside vocalist Dorel, is a true treat for the ears, mind, and heart.
The EP's intro track, "A Strange Kid," greets the ears with soft acoustic guitar strumming and Dorel's smooth yet powerful vocals. While expressing his woes and thoughts of wanting to be somebody, Brainheart picks up the vibe with his emotional and well-rounded downtempo pop/r&b production that soothes the soul. It's a fierce intro track that kicks off the project with a gripping and relatable anthem.
On track number two, "Keep Me From Falling Apart," Brainheart slows things down with a melancholy and reverbed electric guitar alongside Dorel's comforting vocal tones. As the production begins escalating with crunchy guitars and driving drums, Brainheart leads us to the chilling drop featuring Dorel's dreamy vocals and stunning synths that feel like a blanket of warmth. This vulnerable and relatable song is sure to hit you in the feels.
The third track, "Keep Me From Falling Apart - Acoustic Version," takes us through the previous song but with Brainheart's cinematic acoustic rendition. The melancholy strings and tender piano melodies perfectly enhance Dorel's moving lyrics of reaching out to a lover when in times of need. It's an emotional and meaningful track that will surely stand the test of time.
Reaching the fourth track, "A Better World," we drift into this mystical and soothingly euphoric soundscape with Dorel's velvety vocals and Brainheart's airy background pads. As Brainheart starts ramping up the anticipation, Dorel urges us to change the world we live in and seek a better tomorrow. In doing so, Brainheart pumps up the party with thrilling progressive house synths that take us back to our glory days of stomping around festival grounds.
This EP has been nothing short of inspiring, and the fifth track is a perfect representation. "Set Your Goals High" begins with Dorel's dreamy vocals and empowering lyrics that encourage us to believe in ourselves, while Brainheart gradually leads us to the innovative future house beat drop loaded with stunning synth arrangements and attention-grabbing transitions. This is by far our favorite song on the project—take a listen and find out why.
Landing on the EP's sixth and final track, "Set Your Goals High - Acoustic Version," Brainheart melts our speakers with his cinematic acoustic instrumentals and Dorel's achingly emotional yet empowering vocals. This acoustic version adds an intense layer of depth and meaning to this song, and it's equally as compelling as the original. It's a beautiful piece that closes the EP on a profoundly emotional yet inspirational note.
Do yourself a favor and explore the moving musical world of Brainheart's latest EP alongside Dorel, The Strange Kids, now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Brainheart. You've truly moved us with the emotional and skilled compositions in your recent EP with Dorel, The Strange Kids. What inspired you to create this dynamic project?
I am so glad you love my new EP with Dorel. Dorel and I are close friends; he is the best singer I know. First, we decided to create just one song together. The process was so fun, and we were so happy with the result, so we decided to create a full EP together. This EP means a lot to us; we created these songs from the depth of our souls.
How would you describe your music to new listeners? How has your sound evolved over the years?
Honestly, I can't define my music by genre because I always love to experiment with different sounds and styles of music. I produce mainly EDM, but I love pop, soft-rock, and acoustic songs. What I can tell is that my goal is to create a versatile and interesting catalog. I don't want to create repetitive music with the same sounds and structure. In the past, I always created EDM, but now I am more open-minded to try different things, techniques, and genres. I want to surprise myself and my listeners by taking them on an interesting musical journey. I do my best to create emotional music and interesting melodies with strong and meaningful lyrics. In my opinion, we all experience pain, depression, anxiety, trauma, and so many different kinds of pain that might not be visible to anyone else. I believe that my songs speak to people, heal them, and can make them feel better and motivated.
We've noticed that your track "Explore The World" with your sister recently went viral and landed over 460,000 reels. What does this song mean to you, and what was your experience creating it with your sister?
Yes, this song holds such a special place in my heart. It means the world to me, especially because I wrote it with my amazing and talented sister. It was a pleasure working with her; the process was fun and happened naturally. This is the first song I have ever released, and I never expected it to be huge. The song started to take off only a year after I released it.
People started using it on their Instagram videos, and it went viral. I never thought that my debut song would go viral! This song touches so many people, and I am extremely grateful for that. It’s been a cool thing to see the message in the song have such a profound impact on people. I was in such a strange place in life when this song came out. The success of this song gave me confidence. It made me believe I am good enough and that I must continue no matter what.
Is The Strange Kids your first EP? What made you create a multi-track project after releasing music for a few years?
Yes, this is my first EP. I wanted to make a piece that contains four songs (+2 acoustic versions) that tells the story of the strange kids. Dorel and I are not normal; we are outsiders. We think we are strange but unique, so we decided to spill our hearts and tell our stories as musicians and human beings. Dorel is like a brother to me, and I am so happy that I created my debut Ep with him.
What was your greatest accomplishment in 2022? What are you hoping to continue as we head into 2023?
The greatest accomplishment for me is to be able to make music every day, grow my fanbase and evoke emotion from people from all around the world. A lot of people reference that 10,000-hour rule to be good at something. Nobody mentions how those hours can be boring, repetitive, and exhausting waiting to see signs of progress, so I am proud of myself that I didn't give up on my dreams and kept going even though this year was challenging mentally and emotionally. I always remind myself that every day I get out of bed excited to do those things I’m passionate about, and I have all the time in the world for them. The goal for 2023 is to get an artist visa; I really want to move to the US. I believe that I will have many more opportunities there to develop my music career. Unfortunately, it’s very complicated, but I believe that one day I’ll get it. I will keep making music and touching people’s hearts and souls. I want to keep growing my socials and fanbase. I want to evolve and become a better version of myself – as a musician and as a person.