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Dora Gola premiers first music video at Richard Harris film festival

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By Cillian Ryan and Angie Weisgal

Limerick singer-songwriter Dora Gola, premiered her first music video for her song “I’m Not,” at the Richard Harris International Film Festival on Sunday. Speaking to the Limerick Voice she said: “The video itself is telling a story of a dissonance of two worlds, I suppose. One is black and white, it’s reality, and the other one is the world of dreams, and of desires”

Gola said the video is very much led by emotion. “That’s why I wanted the video to be very intimate, and very me.”

The music video took a month to complete, and also stars Zeb Moore. “He said that I should launch it at the Richard Harris Festival, which he’s involved with,” Said Gola. “Now I’m here, and I can’t believe it happened!”

Gola said her biggest dream is to get her music onto films, and onto the big screen. “The best thing for me is watching a movie, and when the cast come up, and you hear the song come on, that’s what I want.” Gola said the great thing about the Richard Harris film festival is that it’s great for networking. “It gives you a chance to meet people, and tell them, ‘this is what I want to do’.

Gola said that doing the music video was probably the biggest chance she took. “I had to expose myself and get used to seeing myself as well; I could never do that. It took me years to get used to my voice. Now I’m fine with it.”

Zeb Moore encouraged Gola to launch the video when it was complete. Gola said: “I was going to put it on YouTube and be like ‘Yay! It’s my video!’ Then Zeb Moore was like ‘No Dora, you have to launch it. You put so much work in it that you have to launch it. You have to show it to the right people.’

Gola has found herself on a very diverse musical journey that’s taken her all over the world, and through a variety of musical stylings. On this subject, she said “There’s a singer songwriter named Alexz Johnson, from Canada, and she’s always been my main inspiration. And funnily enough I can see a lot of her stuff in my stuff. But every day I’m listening to different things.”

Gola said her music genre varies greatly, from pop, to metal to gospel. “Every track I make is very different, and the music journey I’ve been through has been very different because of that,” said Gola. “Collaborating with different people, different bands, and different styles. Everything from traditional Irish to Jazz, recently hip hop, and now I’m incorporating house and techno into some of my recordings.”

The video for Dora Gola’s video ‘I’m not’ is available to watch from YouTube here:

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