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Interview – HEN + Video

Watch the video for ‘Raincoats’ below.

Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)

My mum calls me Julia and I’m the driving force behind my solo project, HEN.

How did the band start?

I started writing songs when I was 7. They were very age inappropriate and awful and they made my grandma giggle but they were the beginning of a love affair with poetry and song writing. I recorded my first ever songs above a chip shop on a dodgy keyboard when I was 11 and was honestly flabbergasted when no one wanted to sign a small, round, pimply protégé to be the next Kylie Minogue.

How would you describe your band?

About 5”3, blue eyes, could improve on her posture ?. My music is a neat little mix of pop, electro, alternative and a few secret ingredients. I took a step back for a year and worked very hard to craft a sound that reflected who I am and what I’m about. It’s a little different, a little fun, very heartfelt, cinematic and a whole lot me.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

Raincoats is the first single from my upcoming album. I selected it because it’s a good taste of what’s to come and the sound I’ve developed as HEN. It was one of the first songs I wrote for the new album and at first I didn’t think it would be a single at all but as my sound developed, so did this song. It been a bit of a mirror of my growth as an artist.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

My main instrument is a bit different to most musicians. My instrument is my lyrics. Music for me is a way to frame my poems and have them resonate with people in a way that simply writing them down on paper can’t. So right from the beginning my songs are crafted differently to most, I don’t generally start by trying to make a particular sounding song but rather I start by trying to make lyrics which speak to something.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

Very soon you’ll be able to hear my tunes on all digital platforms, get some physical copies on bandcamp and my website and see a few cheeky music videos on youtube!

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?

Every milestone is our greatest achievement! I’m constantly surprised at how far we’ve come as a band and what we’ve achieved in the short time we’ve been around. It’s easy to get weighed down in looking forward, and constantly feeling like you should be further along, doing more, doing better, it’s important to just focus on yourselves and not compare to other bands, because everyone is on their own path. I’m proud of the music we’re making and the people we are.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Oh Land, Hayley Kiyoko, Soko

Anything Else you’d like to add?

Hi Mum, if you’re reading this, I borrowed your pasta sauce again. I probably won’t replace it. Sorry.