MEET THE ARTIST: HF5
On Meet The Artist, we want you to get to know the players on our label a bit better, so we ask them five questions-- some about music, some not, and get them to tell us a little more about themselves, their tunes, and what goes on inside those creative brains.
What’s the overarching theme of your music? Or, in particular, the theme of this upcoming/current/latest release?
Any release I have which is an original and part of a multi-track release always has a theme based on a life journey or view. Looking at all of my released as a whole, each of them is a story and I try to each track a chapter. With the upcoming EP (Unbelievable Magical Spectacle) there is this move forward, don’t look back motivation. It’s always tough to get moving, you’ll almost always feel a bit of resistance on the way yet as people we’ve always pushed through, always found tomorrow no matter the force holding us back whether it’s mental, another person or some social barrier. I very intentionally wanted two versions of the first track (No Reverse) on the EP, different tones, two different points of reference. One is the starting line, and one is the finish line there to remind you ‘move forward’.
If you were a piece of furniture, what would you be?
I’m not sure if should be proud or embarrassed, but I knew the answer right away. Without a doubt I would be a reclining rocking chair. Those massive ones with the puffy arms. So diverse. You can sit on it still, you can sit on it and rock yourself to sleep, then when you wake up you can just recline and go back to bed. I’d feel like for an inanimate object I’d have a lot to offer to people. I suppose I’d love to provide a nice knitted blanket for people too, but I suspect that would be out of my control, being a chair and all.
What’s next for HF5?
Once the U.M.S. EP is released, we’ve reached the end of a roughly 19 month period of writing, producing and releasing 24 tracks though an LP and two EPs. I don’t want to stop making music ever, but I’m going to sit back and look look at my music closely and begin work on a live show. I really want to keep working on music during the process, likely a couple remixes, maybe a collaboration track or collection, but I am have a high level of ‘good nervous’ and motivation to get out there and share my music with music lovers and people who find a connection with the emotion within HF5 music.
What’s a long-term goal for you with music?
I’d love to wake up one day and know that I would work on any aspect of my music, and I’d have nothing stopping me unless it’s something I’d equally participate in. I think at that point any artist has been able to make their passion their top card in the desk they carry.
I’d also love to make a song for someone else's purpose, from their emotion or idea. A track within television or a movie would show me that my focus of making audible emotion in music is working for me, and others. Having a track blast at this pivotal moment where the emotion, visuals and audio collide would be such a blessing. I see Trent Reznor (NIN) and Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) making such great music in film and it blows my mind. Sometimes I’ll end up listening to the score prior to seeing the movie and it’s interesting to see/feel the difference when they come together.
For now I walk the a path and we’ll just have to see how and when I get there.
How does making music make you feel?
I’ve never felt so complete, and lost at the same time, but I think it’s wonderful.
I’ve gotten good at knowing when I should and shouldn’t make music. I think when you focus on making music attached to an important or intimate moment, a true feeling in your life then you have to be all-in. I have this ‘try again’ folder on my system and when I start something and realize I’m not ‘all-in’ I save, close and move the files in there. Sometimes I’m able to work on another track, but often it’s just my heart telling my mind it’s not going to play well.
This often leads to my next attempt going smoothly and ultimately binds me to the track. It makes my desire to share it with others, see their reaction and hear how it made them feel that much more special. I remember playing the initial snippet of the upcoming single ‘Full Throttle Paranoid’ for a friend and I asked them to only tell me what they felt at the end. When they told me ‘I felt like I was moving quickly, maybe erratically, and felt a little unsafe’, it really makes you feel complete.
Making music bring a lot of feelings out, as long as the ones I’m trying to reach appear, I always feel complete and willing to dig deeper and deeper for more.