HONNE talk Babymaking Anthems, 80’s guitar solos and how to stay Warm On A Cold Night!
HONNE‘s debut LP “Warm On A Cold Night” is a dozen steamy love songs. The duo’s distinct melancholy vocals give their British R&B sound an overall somber tone, underscoring the rise in their uplifting choruses and occasional screaming guitar solos, such as on “the Value.” The title track and most recent single “Someone That Loves You” pull at the heartstrings like rainfall on a car’s windshields.
The flavor in their strawberry synths, chocolate influences and vanilla lyricism that could help any banana split – perfect for a bike ride or a nightcap. Members Andy and James stayed true to their vision and have garnered critical acclaim from outlets like The New York Times and NOISEY as a result, have been called “A growing phenomenon” and “London’s Tightest New Electro-Soul Duo”.
We caught up with the duo below about what attitudes they’d bring back from the 80’s, their top 5 babymaking anthems and what resources educated them on their workflow!
1. Judging by the vintage synths in your songs, you two have a love for 80’s nostalgia – what attitudes from that era would you bring back or encourage our modern culture to place a higher value on?
We’d bring back the public’s attitude to guitar solos from the 80’s. And sax solos. All solos for that matter. They loved a bit of virtuosity back in the 80’s. Also the big Simmons Snare drums. One thing that we’d definitely leave behind is the Lycra. The 80’s can keep that. There are elements we enjoy from that era, but it’s all about moderation and small doses!
2. Please list your 5 quintessential ‘baby-making’ anthems
– D’Angelo – One Mo’Gin
– Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
– Erykah Badu – Fall In Love (Your Funeral)
– Bill Withers – Use Me
– Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
3. From a purely technical standpoint, what educational resources have had the largest effect on your workflow?
To be honest, the best educational resources we make use of are the people around us. We ask so many questions and have learnt so much from mixers, sound engineers and other producers / artists over the last few years.
Aside from that, YouTube is probably quite a big one. Whenever we’re stuck with something technical, there’s normally a tutorial on it somewhere on there. We’ve been really getting into the depths of Ableton a lot recently, and YouTube offers so much on that front.
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