CEV Artist Interview
CEV: For a singer/songwriter music is different than what I experience as a listener. What is it that motivates you to pursue music, to create music, to perform your music for others? What does your music give you in return?
LH: For me, creating and performing music is something I canít imagine not doing now. Itís almost like second nature to me. I think there is something infectious about performing live, and thereís nothing quite like others taking something from what you have created. Songwriting, is my biggest outlet and the only way I really know how to express what I feel. So for me, each song I write highlights a certain moment, or milestone Ė I guess itís like singing your diary really! In the simplest terms, I just completely love what I do and have and always will be obsessed with music.
CEV: On your FB bio I gather that you have a love of literature that Iím sure enters into your songwriting. Tell me about some of the literature that moves you emotionally and how it influences the directions that your music and your lyrics eventually take.
LH: Iíve always been a bit obsessed with words, and how they can be strung together to mean different things to different people. I used to write (not very good, and very short) books when I was younger hence the literature reference and thatís kind of when I started transferring that to lyrics and making songs short stories of my own.
LH: I have written from both viewpoints, and there is definitely a merit to both. I think sometimes writing about other peopleís stories, leaves you with more imagination and less limits as to where it can go. For example, I wrote a little song about an old neighbour of mine called ĎJackí. It was totally influenced on rumours I had heard, and none of it might have been true. The concept ran a bit wild when I was writing it. I think thereís a real freedom and sense of fun when creating like this.
On the flipside to this, writing songs from personal experience can definitely be a raw experience and can often relate to a listener far more. This is something a lot more apparent in my newer tracks, as the more I experience in life, the more I have to write about.
CEV: Do you find it difficult or liberating to write about events and situations that are from your own life? Does that leave you as the songwriter feeling just a little bit vulnerable in front of an audience as you sing those kinds of lyrics?
LH: I personally find it more liberating, of course there is always an element of vulnerability but I think that is sometimes what makes a song Ė being able to hear how fragile something actually is. In a live setting, I find myself too immersed in the whole set to worry about individual lyrics. Saying that, I often explain what certain tracks are about before I play them live, I think it encourages people to listen out for the actual concept.
CEV: Does the Isle of Wight have a good musical community that supports artists such as yourself who are looking for venues to share your music in?
LH: Definitely! For a small island, we have a great local music college, some fantastic festivals and a couple of really good venues. There are so many great emerging bands, and a real sense of local support and community. We are lucky enough to have Isle of Wight festival on our doorstep, which offers opportunities to local acts as well.
CEV: When did you decide to start recording your music and how has that whole process been for you as you took your music from something in your head to an EP that is now available on Spotify?
LH: I recorded and released my first single two years ago, after playing my first few live shows. I loved the whole experience. It when then, that the acoustic track I wrote in my bedroom, became a proper record. I am now lucky enough to perform my tracks with a band for certain gigs, and itís so great to to be able to hear the tracks in that form live as well.
CEV: How do you feel about people all over the world listening to your music? Any jitters?
LH: Itís a great feeling, especially when you are going from writing and recording on such a small place like the Isle of Wight.
CEV: Where do you see your music going in the next year or so? Are you planning it out or just going with the flow?
LH: I definitely have goals this year, I always have a rough release plan in terms of new music as you have to work months in advance. I think itís important not to over-plan anything as the writing side of it comes at itís own pace. This year, Iíll be mainly focusing on releasing new music, playing some great shows and continuing to progress and hopefully reach new and more people.
CEV: Will you be doing some live shows in the near future?
LH: Definitely! None of them have been announced as of yet, but will be starting up again in February. Iíll be announcing some new shows in the next few weeks!
CEV: Any final thoughts to help introduce your music to those who havenít heard you yet?
LH: Iíve been described as a ĎFuzzed up Indie Popí artist, but I try not to attach myself to a genre too much as I feel like each song I write leans differently to the one before. My latest single, ĎHunny is this what adults do?í came out at the end of November last year and I would love you to listen. Brand new music is coming soon!
CEV: Well thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions about your music and I do wish you a lot of success in the years to come.