Heidrik [12/05/2017]

Heidrik is a lovely Faroese artist, with a strong Tim Burtonish esthetic and magical voice. Last year I had a pleasure to meet him and chat a little about his artistry. If you haven’t had a pleasure to get to know his music, you can find it on Spotify / Soundcloud and watch all of his music videos on Vimeo.

You are a man of many talents, a musician, filmmaker, painter, it seems you turn to gold everything you touch. Did you ever consider music school instead of film school?

Thank you very much! No, not really…or I was at this 6 month music course in Denmark so I have done a bit of school regarding music. Film for me was something I felt I needed schooling for. It’s so much technical stuff you have to do to be able to make a movie. So many people involved and it’s a big machine you have to start if you do film. Music you can make alone without problems so that’s why I guess I felt more that film school would be more a thing I would be able to help me regarding film.

“Funeral” is a very intimate album, seems like we can see your soul with every pitch.

Yes, it is a very personal album and I wanted it to be as true as possible. I have been through some things I think I needed to get off my chest. It is a very important album for me because it help me to get closure to a lot of things and helped me move on.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but is the song “Boy” based on true events? It’s truly heartbreaking.

Yes, it is. The song about a boy who died when he was 17 in my home town. He was under constant homophobic bullying and suddenly died and the entire town go silent with guilt by their behavior. I can never forget that morning I heard he died. I was 17 as well and it was such a strange morning. It has sort of haunted me ever since so I felt I had to write the story down. I think it says a lot about us humans and how we behave towards the things we don’t understand or don’t know.

FXxjZXuYtjkMany people, especially young, living in small places, are struggling, when it comes to their sexuality and the world they grow up in. Faroe Islands are not only small, but also isolated.

Yes it’s very hard it small societies I think. Faroe Islands have change a great deal just the past 10 years but when I was a kid, homophobia was a very normal thing. People’s hate and fear was hidden behind religion as an excuse of their behavior. I am just very happy young people in the Faroe Islands wont experience such hate again.

How did moving to Iceland influence your life? Does it inspire you while creating?

It is a lot like Faroe Islands. Just bigger and a bit more modern. I learn a lot here – about myself and about life. I lived in Denmark but I never settled in. I am born and raised around nature and therefor was Iceland perfect for me. I feel very much at home here.

How was to work with Janus Rassmusen?

It was great! he’s is one of my best friends. We known each others since we were teenagers and he has also seen me grow up and therefor could easily relate to the album and help me say what I wanted in the right way. He is seriously one of the best producers around and he’s to humble to for his great talents.

Let’s talk about your inspirations, the cover of “Funeral” reminds me of Tim Burton’s “The nightmare before Christmas”, it’s one of my favorites. Where do you seek inspiration? What helps you most in the process of creating?

That’s funny! Tim Burton and I have the same source of inspiration I think and that’s maybe way you think so. We both are great fans of old black and white silent Berlin movies from the 1920s AND 50s horror movies. So I guess that’s where you may see some resemblance. I find my inspiration in old movies and pictures of old Hollywood stars. The album is called Funeral but I see the album as a very positive album because it’s about letting go and getting peace of mind so you can move on with your life. So I wanted the cover to be beautiful and colorful yet have some of the funeral elements but in a surreal sort of way. So it was not associated to a real funeral but more the symbolic side of a funeral.

You are one of those stars with a pretty unique name, how often is it mispronounced? What was the funniest version of your name?

Well surprisingly it’s not that bad. I think people are quite good at pronouncing it. But I love how polish people have like, cute versions of names so I am called Heniu or Heidriczek. I think that’s adorable 😉

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Warhaus [19/01/2017]

Last year I’ve had a pleasure to interview Maarten Devoldere, known as one of the leading faces of Belgian rock band Balthazar. But Balthazar was not the main topic of our conversation. Maarten decided to create a separate project, called Warhaus and was touring around Europe.

Your solo project had not only a magnetic title, it’s a journey, a dark dream we all secretly would like to live in. What inspired you the most while creating this record?

People I love. People i wanted to love, but couldn’t. Chorine. Pornhub. That Paloma blanca song. My mother. Nights I didn’t remember, so I could refill them up with sweet melody.

Listening to your album I started to wonder, who are the characters you’re writing about. Is there any particular story behind it?

They start quite anecdotal. They’re all about girlfriends or encounters with people. I can link every song to a certain girl, which sounds a bit cliché but yeah, I’m a walking cliché I guess. I try to develop the songs, so they’re recognizable for more people than myself though.

Between the release of Balthazar’s last record and “We Fucked A Flame Into Being” there’s less than 2 year gap, including the European tour and promotions. Did you compose some of the songs in the tour bus?

I worked five years on the album on the side. So I wrote a bit everywhere depending on where I was during those five years. A lot of that time I was on tour, but a lot was written at home as well.

Your vocals have the lead, what about the female voice? I must say, it’s electrifying.

I agree, that’s Sylvie Kreusch, a Belgian singer, who I’ve met on tour. She had an impact on the album in mysterious ways. I guess, I could say she’s a muse, if i believed in that kind of hocus pocus. Which I don’t.

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Are there plans for another record?

Not thinking about that yet. I’ll first make a new Balthazar record with Jinte. That been said as it is a solo project and it’s hard to split as a solo artist. There will probably be coming more before my retirement. [Laughter]

What are the main differences between working solo and creating the record with Balthazar? Do you feel more comfortable recording and performing as Warhaus?

Not really, some things are sweeter, some are not. I guess I like the variation. It pushes you to new directions, whether you like it or not. Playing in a band is about losing the ego and working as a team. Making a solo record is about exaggerating the ego. Which can be fun sometimes.

You’ve played in Poland in 2015 with Balthazar. In February you’ll perform twice, Warsaw and Poznan, in the exact same clubs. Will it be different for you? How do you perceive the Polish crowd?

It’s a different band, it’s a different year and the stars will be aligned differently, so yeah it must be different.

 

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