ANDY from H O N N E spoke to Quays News entertainment reporter Eleanna Zanga about the beauty of Japanese words, playing in the Deaf Institute and his advice to this year’s freshers recently. This is what she found out…
H O N N E, pronounced Honnay, known as Andy and James, are the hands, body and spirit of the British Electro –Soul group that has been thrilling our eyes and ears with their EPs, Warm on a Cold Night, All in the Value and Costal Love.
Winning awards in the Independent film festival and top of the Hype Machine charts, H O N N E have taken the music scene by storm in the 18 months since being formed. Andy and James were described as ‘thoughtfully present, dark and enigmatic’ by Notion Magazine but for us, ‘sweet, passionate and intimidatingly cool’ is more accurate.
H O N N E is a Japanese word for the contrast between true feelings and the ones you express in public. “We stumbled upon it and fell in love with the meaning,” admitted Andy.
Andy spent much of this past year in Japan and was enthusiastic to advise us to visit. H O N N E have yet to perform in Japan, much to the dismay of their Japanese fans, but the duo are waiting for the opportunity to play at the Fuji Rock festival in the Naeba Ski Resort, in Japan.
But let’s rewind, all the way back to the formation of H O N N E as Andy explains: “James was the first person I met [in university] and I was the first he met, within three days we were writing music together.”
The pair wrote songs together for a couple months and did not share them until they had a few ready: ”My one piece of advice to aspiring musicians is not to get to excited, don’t show your hand straight away, write a bunch of songs before putting any of them out there.” The duo had released their first EP within the first few months of forming H O N N E, and is working on the release of their first album which they are aiming to release in May 2016.
If you’re waiting around for this album, Andy recommends exploring the likes of Dornik and the ‘virtuoso base player, Thundercat’ to tide you over until then.
H O N N E’s music usually falls under the bracket of relaxed: “I think that’s just an element of our songs but we write at night time and into the early hours of the morning. That’s what the quiet late night vibe comes from. But there are other sides to our music, other upbeat songs,” said Andy.
As for now, H O N N E are beginning their UK tour in Deaf Institute, Manchester on Monday (October 12): “We’re really excited, we’ve been told its one of the best venues in Manchester so we’re looking forward to it.”
Andy and James will be accompanied by a Drummer and backing vocalists to make their concerts a different experience: “When I go to see bands play gigs I want to see something else live, I don’t want to watch people play off some laptops.” So grabbing a ticket and going down to the Deaf Institute means you will experience a different H O N N E and a musical experience you are unable to recreate by dancing to All in the Value in your room.
By: Eleanna Zanga