Five minutes with Hello Beautiful
You’ve recently released your new EP titled Leftover Dreams. How would you describe the EP’s sound?
Synth driven, with reasonably straightforward beats and spacey soundscape melodies. You can hear the inspiration from the 80’s and early 90’s with the variety of synths that were used and blended in with more ‘modern’ keyboards I generally like and it has a good balance of happy & dark songs.
What is your favourite track from the EP?
It’s really hard to choose a favourite track, I love them all in their own way. Favourite track to perform live at the moment is ‘Saturday Night With You”.
The EP’s cover art is very interesting. What was the inspiration behind it?
Ben Rausch did the typography and I photographed the picture, it’s a mystery, I can’t explain how I did it, but it somehow just came out like that when I looked at the view finder, I knew this will be the cover of my next EP, I took the photograph in London 2 years ago.
Leftover Dreams is a very thought-provoking title. How did you come up with it?
I felt the need to call it ‘Leftover Dreams’ cause it was all ideas I made over the past year and a bit and needed to accumulate it into 6 tracks. It represents ideas I get but not being able to really do something with it then and there, so I come back to it at a later stage and find a new inspiration to turn it into a song. For example, the song ‘Leftover Dreams’, I wrote the first part of it, it builds up and builds up and then I had no idea where to go with it, a few months later down the line I composed the second part of the song, which almost seems like a whole different song, it felt complete.
On the EP, you collaborated with Alastair Thomas from Shortstraw and Jean-Louise Parker from Academie. What was this experience like?
They were both a real gem to work with, great artists working hard in the industry and all round lekker mense. I really love collaborating with other people.
Alastair: “So the theme of ‘If You Love Me Back’ I guess would be love. I got out the shower one morning and my little pup was just diligently waiting there for me. The love a dog has for their human is astounding and it’s that amount of love that I want to feel for someone else (another human, at least. I love my dog that much already!) which is why, in the chorus, I refer to the person as my pup. The verses are more about how you can’t stop thinking about someone you’re in love with, just like in a horror movie, you want to look away but you can’t. You’re like a bad dream – you keep me up at night. It’s all love, man”
Jean Louise Parker: “’Structures’ explores the shift in consciousness that is happening around the world. The ‘western man’ is becoming more aware of his surroundings and his impact on others. The lyrics explore the idea of moving forward even though it makes some feel uncomfortable”
Can we expect any video releases from the EP soon?
Unfortunately we have nothing planned at the moment.
You also recently released a remix of alternative rock band Miagii’s track “Nothing At All”. What inspired this?
I love their songs and really wanted to remix that particular one, was super stoked to see everyone in the band happy. Lekker mense daai.