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Quickfire Questions #96: HÔN

 
By on Thursday, 29th October 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Jesper Lidang, frontman and songwriter of Danish band The Rumour Said Fire, is tooling around these days as a solo artist, going by the name of HÔN. Earlier this month, one of our new contributors Steven wrote this Bands to Watch profile on Lidang’s new project. Lidang was kind enough to indulge us by answering the TGTF Quickfire Questions so we could have a peek into his musical history. I suppose it might be expected that for a Scandinavian artist, his earliest memory would be the biggest pop hit to come out of that region in the ’80s. Or not? Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I think the earliest memory must be when I as a 4 to 5-year old kid sat with my small tape recorder and headphones and listened to a-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ over and over again. My older sister was a huge fan of the band and that song just gave me the chills every time she listened to it. So I got my own copy.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914[/youtube]

What was your favourite song as a child?
That’s easy, I guess: a-ha ‘Take on Me’, and maybe also different kinds of ‘60s pop compilations. My father had a large record collection.

What song makes you laugh?
Don’t think that laughter is what I combine with music. Maybe when I’m drunk and put on a really perfect written song like Michael Jackson’s ‘Stranger in Moscow’ or something, maybe then we laugh ‘cause it’s so perfect. [I’d never heard this song before, so thanks very much to Jesper to turning me on to it! – Ed.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEEMi2j6lYE[/youtube]

What song makes you cry?
This Mortal Coil – ‘Song to the Siren’. That interpretation of Tim Buckley’s song is so beautiful and hits me every time I hear it.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
I fell in love and my heart was broken for the first time in 6th grade, I think I was 12 or 13. She always listened to Tracy Chapman – ‘Fast Car’. I get this weird feeling every time I hear that song.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I often listen to Burzum – ‘Filosofem’ or Mayhem – ‘Deathcrush’ when I’m in a really bad mood. It often soothes. [Going to trust you on these, Jesper… -Ed.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfCHwsp9bSc[/youtube]

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
That’s really hard. I guess my feelings about that changes as I go. Right. Now I wish I’d written Kelela – ‘Rewind’, ‘cause it’s awesome.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py6PgXq0yDM[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I just bought Michel Houllebecq’s new novel (Submission), I’m guessing it’s going to fuck up my brain. I generally like literature to do that. I’m way more pop when it comes to music. For the period being, that is. Right now I really like the way I’m writing myself.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Writing poetry. Or maybe I’d just have some random job and being miserable about it. Not saying that everyone working 9 to 5 is miserable, but I know I would be.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
It would have to be a compilation of the greatest pop songs ever written, I think. Or maybe the opposite, Miles Davis – ‘Bitches Brew’ or something? Impossible question, I would get bored with every album at some point. I like to listen to all kinds of stuff all the time. It would be torture with one album. Like sending me to hell.

Many thanks to Jesper for answering these questions for us and Jordan for helping sort this out for us.

 

Bands to Watch #358: HÔN

 
By on Thursday, 15th October 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Words by Steven Loftin

Everyone likes things that are a little bit different. We may not admit it, but we love the things in life that don’t conform. Those things that stick out, fingers held high. That leads us nicely on to HÔN, a perfect example of this. With a mainstream sound that echoes that of the poppier end of dance tracks, a lyrical emotional depth of alternative tracks, a style that wouldn’t be lost on a Lady Gaga tour.

Hailing from Denmark, HÔN is the brainwork of Jesper Lidang, frontman and songwriter of The Rumour Said Fire, along with Nis Bested on production duties. Together, they have crafted a sound that is fit for the popular echelons in the industry, while still can keep the scenesters satisfied. (Do you mean keeping them happy / they’d listen to this?)

Utilising his own voice as a key component in the instrumentation, they form layers of dreamscape, allowing his distinctive leading vocals to cut through and deliver a high level of songwriting he has strived for and from all accounts hearing his efforts so far, achieved.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2wLvuRl9tA[/youtube]

There are also hip-hop heavy moments that can break through, and this is shown in the lead single and first foray into HÔN as an artist, with ‘Silent Lover’. Opening with a massive beat, and leading into his characteristically harmonious chorus, it’s a track with serious pop power that can only prove to be an asset on his new journey. Not to mention that it would be the perfect opener for his debut record.

‘Honeydream’ is the second introductory track to be released in preparation for the debut album ‘White Lion’ which is out near the end of October. ‘Honeydream’ recalls early Chairlift with its use of reverb-heavy synths and melodic charm.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3HCvxHhuJ8[/youtube]

To give you an idea of exactly where this project could be heading, when asked for a description of his new music by his label, Tambourhinoceros, Jesper replied with a two-page essay entitled ‘I Vanish’. As described, his personality vanished into a universe where he became multiple voices and identities. This project has barely begun, yet it can only wield positive, game-changing results.

 
 
 

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