Monday, March 4, 2019

Hollow Hearts Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Hollow Hearts Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?
‘Travelling Songs’ felt like a natural choice. We wrote seven songs about travelling in one way or another.  

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).
The opening track, ‘With You’, is a happy song about taking the risk on an old flame - you might get hurt, but the feeling of being in love becomes too tempting. Further on, the album’s title track, ‘Travelling’, tells the story about a young woman dreaming of being somewhere else, unfortunately she´s stuck in a 9 to 5 café job.

We have a romantic relationship to trains, since there are none in the most northern parts of Norway. ‘Trainriding’ was written while longing to break free from the chains of life - and since there are no trains around, there’s something romantic about running away by train. And most times leaving someone is quite difficult - ‘Leaving Day’ is about the times leaving actually is for the best.

‘Sorrow’s Daughter’, is based on a true story from Ida & Ida’s homelands. In the 18th century the last beheading in the northern parts of Norway took place, and «Sorrow’s Daughter» reflects a mother’s great sorrow for her lost children.

‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ is a fresh breath on the album with stomping groove and an angry, hefty barytone guitar.

In the summer of 2018 we were asked to write a brand new lullaby, it all resulted in the ‘Last Call’ - a song about pavements of gold in Tromsø in the middle of the summer night. (The sun never sleeps  in Northern Norway during the summer time).

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?
On our first album, ‘Annabelle’, we started writing the story of Annabelle & Peter. We got really inspired by the idea of writing about someone else’s life. This album is produced quite minimalistic - most of the songs are recorded live and we didn’t add a lot of extra sweets since we wanted to keep it pure.
Our second album ‘Travelling Songs’ is conceptually about travels, and each of the seven tracks tells a story about the transition from one place to another in some way. It’s a lot more produced compared to the previous album. We’ve added more layers of guitars, percussion and vocals. We even hired a string quartet plus some other guest on various instruments to help us out a little.

Common for both the albums is the storytelling and all the singing. That’s an important part of our music.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
It depends on who you’re asking. We all have our favorites when it comes to both recording instruments and vocals. Actually, we’re in the studio right now finishing our 3rd album. Lately we’ve been working on producing our songs, when this album is done we’ve been using like 20 days in the studio working on the songs. It’s very liberating to record and listen, record, listen and get the chance to dive deep into the process of producing the songs to their fullest potential.
Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?
We are really into our new stuff at the moment. The studio process makes us really focus on creating and that puts all our new songs at the front and centre of our attention. It really feels like we’re making our best material right now. We’re continuing our journey into the world of Annabelle and Peter. It’s an inspiring story to write, because we can mix stories from our own lives and the imagined lives of two characters that we love writing.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you do many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?
Touring - absolutely touring. We feel very lucky to get to see so many beautiful places around the world, meeting a lot of nice people and playing on cool venues. Live music is definitely our favorite part.
Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Every release we do is a highlight - that feeling when you finally get to hold your vinyl baby, that you made all by yourself from scratch, in your hands is absolutely amazing. Also the release concert we did for ‘Annabelle’ in April 2018 still stands as one of the biggest productions we’ve done ourselves.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
We have a really diverse taste when it comes to music. We’d all been working as musicians for a long time before we formed Hollow Hearts and we’ve been doing genres from jazz/soul/funk to heavy metal. We all got our individual influences that we bring into our music - in this way we kind of inspire each other when making music together. Of course we’ve all been listening to big heroes and heroines like The Beatles, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan etc..

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
A lot of energy! The magic happens when we manage to have a common feeling with the audience - communication is everything. 

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?
Ida L.: Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Ida K.: God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Mikael: Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Christoffer: Beat It - Michael Jackson 

Photo (c)  Terje Arntsen

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