Amsterdam-based singer-songwriter Borka Balogh has been mesmerizing audiences with her dark and haunting music inspired by her Hungarian roots.
After noticing the thriving indie music scene in Western Europe, Borka decided to jet-set to the Netherlands to be closer to a past relationship, not knowing that it would spark a life changing turning point in her music career. Once the relationship ended, the indie singer-songwriter used her heartbreak to unleash emotions and embrace a darker side to her. Once she settled in the new city, Borka found her bandmates – Remy de Kok (guitar), Marieke Berkvens (keys), Yaresh Soekhlal (bass) and Dany Aguirre Broca (drums) – and began focusing more on her music.
The indie singer has taken cues from some of her music inspirations including Janis Joplin (who inspired her to start writing her own music) along with Patti Smith, Vashti Bunyan and Aurora. These powerful and eclectic female musicians have not only inspired the type of music she creates, but they have also encouraged her to be different.
Through her music, Borka uses strong symbolism in her lyrics that helps fully express her emotions and convey her life story, so that audiences can relate to it. Haunting and dramatic, yet inspirational and oddly luminous, her music continuously illustrates an internal struggle between her light and dark side, and reveals a vulnerability that she has never shown before. Drawing back to her Hungarian roots, specifically Hungarian folk music, Borka finds herself searching and going back to where she came from. The music she grew up with has become embedded into her art, and has heavily influenced the music she writes today.
After the release of her first EP, ‘Traces Of You’, Borka and her band toured all over Hungary, and performed for Sofar Sounds Amsterdam. Her debut single ‘Trust Me’ was voted as the ‘song of 2018’ by the Hungarian publication ‘Promising Titans’ (Ígéretes titánok). Now Borka is working on her first LP set to hit music platforms late spring. This album will continue to showcase the musician’s diversity and reveal the various emotions she’s been dealing with for the past couple of years. You can get a sneak peek of the album by listening to her newly released singles ‘Nostalgia’, ‘Kill’ and ‘Savior Needed’.
Written by Bojana Duric