Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Harts

HARTSHarts’ music holds a funky groove set to kill. We like to call Harts our favourite electronindie artist. With dynamic vocals full of soul, sprinkled sounds of 80s electro-pop, and those little, unpredictable touches of synth, Harts will instantly become a musical love of yours. We’re really excited to show our interview to everyone, so have a read as we talk to Harts about music appreciation in school, favourite songs off his EP Offtime, and more!

AMBY: How would you describe Harts’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Harts: It’s a blend of Electronic Funk, Soul, Indie Rock and Pop, with a lot of blazing guitar sounds. I read on the net recently someone describe my music as Jack White covering a song written by Daft Punk and Prince. I thought that was a good description.

AMBY: You have just released your debut EP Offtime. What are your favourite tracks off the EP?

Harts: It really changes every day. Some days I think All Too Real, while other days it could be Offtime. I don’t really listen to actual recorded EP anymore, but from live performances Vampire and The Music always go down sweet with the crowd. They’re fun to perform. I love all the songs on there. It’s a good little bunch.

AMBY: The Music is a terrific song, what is the story behind it?

Harts: It’s basically a pop song about not liking popular music, hah. But not limited to that specifically. The lyrics are about questioning why you like something, instead of liking it because it’s cool or trendy. Also about sticking to my own beliefs about what I like, even though they may be outdated (candle light) and not worrying about what goes own around me today.

Hope that makes sense.

AMBY: What was it like working with acclaimed producer Lars Stalfors?

Harts: That guy is damn good. It was just amazing to hear what he did with my already recorded tracks. I’m really stubborn about letting other people touch my work, so I was skeptical everything at the start. Some of the decisions he made in regards to the mix I was questioning at first, but after I sat on it for a while I realised he did way better job of the mixing than I could have done. It was a real blessing to have him work with me.

AMBY: Does hailing from Melbourne, Australia influence your music and if so, how?

Harts: I don’t think it does. Melbourne’s music scene is really diverse. There’s so much good original diverse music that there’s not really a typical ‘Melbourne sound’. It may influence other bands that play together and feed off each regularly, but I don’t feel that affects me. I’m a bit of a lone wolf out here with my style of music, haha.
AMBY: What would a movie based on your life be called?

Harts: Born in the wrong era.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Harts: Prince – Sign O’ The Times, Oasis – What’s the Story Morning Glory, The White Stripes – White Blood Cells.

AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

Harts: Some gigs you play, the monitoring on stage is really hard to hear because everything is so loud. One time I played the majority of a guitar solo with my guitar not even plugged in. The lead had fallen out. And the guitar solo I thought I was hearing was just in my head. Ha. Embarrassing.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Harts: More live shows. Hopefully have the chance to head overseas for the first time. Daft Punk’s upcoming album Random Access Memories!

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

Harts: Music appreciation. All kids have to be schooled in the golden era’s of music. 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Harts that nobody knows yet?

Harts: The project had no name for about 2 years. Until someone suggested ‘Harts’ to me… Based on my last name.


Thank you so much Harts, for giving us your answers!

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