Posts Tagged ‘chat’

May 29, 2018

I HEART MOOSIQ interview : HANDSOME GHOST

We’ve been in love with Los Angeles based indie duo Handsome Ghost for the past several years (revisit some of our past features, here). The pair has liquefied our hearts to no end with their music, which they sometimes describe as “indie-prom”, likely due to the bittersweet nostalgia and dreamy romanticism that oozes from its luscious folds. We’re thrilled that Handsome Ghost is currently on tour for their debut album, Welcome Back. IHM chatted with the dashing duo ahead of their show this Saturday, June 2, at

Café

Du Nord in San Francisco. Check out our interview below. Don’t miss out on Handsome Ghost’s tour! We’re also GIVING AWAY A PAIR OF TICKETS for their SF show on Twitter! Just head over to Twitter, here, and retweet for a chance at winning, winner announced Friday morning!

I Heart Moosiq: First off, I gotta ask, Handsome Ghost… How’d you come up with a brilliant name that matches the beautifully haunting sound of your music?

Handsome Ghost: Well, thank you. The band name came about back when I was using really heavy effects on my vocals. Ghostly vocals, if you will. The handsome part started as a joke and ended up sticking. I named the band when I was pretty confident that Handsome Ghost would never actually be a “real” band…but I’m happy with the name, I feel like it fits.

IHM: Tim, I read somewhere that growing up Postal Service was a big influence on you.  If you could pick one song to describe you or as your anthem, which song would it be?

Handsome Ghost:

Yeah, absolutely. Both The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie, basically Ben Gibbard’s songwriting, were huge influences for me as I was starting to learn how to make music. The first Postal Service song I heard was “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” and I remember being completely blown away. The build throughout the song, the fact that it doesn’t follow a traditional strong structure. And at that point those sounds and tones were so innovative, not to mention how perfect the lyrics are. That whole album really moved me, but I’ll pick that song because it’s the one that introduced me to the band. 

IHM:

Eddie, I read that you were really into Taking Back Sunday. So same question to you – If you could pick one song to describe you or as your anthem, which song would it be?

Handsome Ghost:

I still listen to a bunch of those songs from my pop-punk days. I have a playlist for when I’m driving on tour with everyone else asleep. Just the hits (they’re all hits). I’d probably say “Cute Without The E”… So emotional. So so emotional. 

IHM:

How did you guys first decide to do an Acoustic album and secondly how did you guys narrow it down to those 6 tracks?

Handsome Ghost:

Welcome Back took so long to get to where it ended up, but I feel like songs can sometimes be living things. I love how the songs are arranged on the album, but we wanted to offer kinda a companion piece to the album. Maybe hearing the songs differently gives them a new meaning? We chose each of the six songs for different reasons. Some were arranged so differently compared to how Tim originally wrote them (“Shallow City” and “Here’s To Endings”), some were really important songs that we felt deserved a little emphasis. “Soft” we had done for the record but it didn’t quite fit. But we love the song and lyrically really fit the story of the album. 

IHM:

This is your first full-length album, but I’m surprised to hear you already put out two EPs over the last several years. Do you look back on those EPs and wish you would have done something differently with the sound or lyrics? Or even something as simple as the process of making those EPs. I think what I’m asking is have you guys refined the developmental process or each EP / Album / Song it’s own journey?

Handsome Ghost:

I definitely look back and wish I had done some things differently on those two EPs, sure. I’m proud of them both, and I think they represent where I was at those moments in time, but I feel like we’re better now than we were back then. At the same time, I think there’s an innocence or a naivety there, especially on that first EP, that is pretty special. I don’t listen to my own music (because it feels very awkward) but I know there are some little things on that first EP that I’d probably change now that give it a little charm, if that makes sense. But we’re always trying to get better, and if we’re lucky enough to make another album, I’ll probably feel the same way about Welcome Back. 

IHM:

If I was a performer I think my favorite song to perform would be one that the audience sings back or the one that blew up. Which song is your favorite to perform that people don’t know so well yet?

Handsome Ghost:

Hah yes! It’s always cool to hear people singing along. Sometimes you hear someone singing and it’s like “daaaaaaammmmnnn….!”
I really love playing “Creatures.” It’s the last song on the album, and one that I think you kinda have to pay attention to. Playing it live is fun and it’s also nice to kinda force people to listen to it. hahah. Hopefully it makes people revisit it on the album.  

IHM:

I see that you guys have performed at some East Coast Festivals like Firefly. Is there any festival or location that you would consider a dream place to play?

Handsome Ghost:

As a young man I saw a video of Dave Matthews Band playing at Red Rocks. That’s a venue that I would just be happy to see some day. So beautiful.

IHM:

Handsome Ghost is from Boston. Here we’re big Warrior fans. We’re actually surprised how far the Celtics have come in the playoffs. Do Celtics fans feel like if they had Kyrie and Gordon Hayward this year that they would be title favorites?

Handsome Ghost:

Okay, I have a lot to say about this but I will try my best to keep it brief. I absolutely adore this Celtics team as it’s currently constituted. They just play so hard, they’re so fun to root for. Even with all the injuries, here they are giving the Cavs (Lebron is my nemesis) a run for their money. That said: Even with a healthy Kyrie and Gordon, I think the Warriors are still the favorites. Even if you play perfect basketball, if the Warriors shoot well they’re going to win. They’re just dream crushers, what can you say. If it ends up being Celtics/Warriors this year I still think my boys are going to make GS work really hard for it.

IHM:

We’re looking forward to your show at Café Du Nord and years of meeting your Celtics in The Finals.

Handsome Ghost:

Thanks! Excited for San Francisco. Such a beautiful city.

Thanks for chatting with us, Handsome Ghost! So sorry the Warriors and Celtics won’t be meeting in The Finals after all, maybe next year! 

Listen to debut album Welcome Back:


For the rest of Handsome Ghost’s Welcome Back tour dates, click here.

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October 11, 2016

SAM FELDT Interview @ 1015 Folsom 10.07.16

*interviewed by Nick

Esteemed and celebrated Dutch producer Sam Feldt headlined a massive sold out night at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco last week with fellow Amsterdam based producer Bakermat joining him on his From Amsterdam With Love tour. I Heart Moosiq had the pleasure of sitting down for a chat with Sam ahead of his spectacular set.


IHM:
I know you’ve been doing a lot of press recently, especially with your release
of “Runaways” today, so to break up the monotony and to make sure you’re not
doing the same generic interview over and over I wanted to something different.
The tour you’re on with Bakermat is called “From Amsterdam With Love”. Tonight
I’m going to quiz you and see how well you know Amsterdam.

To start – Which famous artist is from Amsterdam: Picasso, Van
Gogh, Da Vinci? 

SAM
FELDT:
Van Gogh.

IHM:
Correct. So based off that question, how important is
artwork for you in regards to a single and show production?

SAM
FELDT:
To me, it’s very important. I invest a lot in visuals. If you
look at my radio show, for example, every week there’s a design team that makes
new artwork. It can include me and space. I’m really glad with the team that I
have. Actually today I am premiering my new visuals, so today you will see that
and I have a new stage set up. I use to be a web designer, like a big nerd, so
I know how important design and aesthetics is. I design my own logo.

IHM:
That’s amazing that you’re pretty hands on.

SAM
FELDT:
Yeah, actually next Thursday (October 13th) I’m
releasing a new portal called Heartfeldt.me. It’s actually up and online now
but nobody knows about it. And it’s everything around Sam Feldt – all my
mixtapes, radio shows, Q&As, contests, everything. I’ve spent so much time
and money into getting that image perfect.

IHM:
I don’t know how you manage to do all this. Last week I saw
you at CRSSD Festival. You were just in Seattle last night, here in SF tonight,
and LA tomorrow. How do you have the energy for all that?

SAM
FELDT:
I get energy from that. I love developing brands and
interacting with my fans. I love being on that stage playing for people and
seeing them enjoying themselves. It gives me energy. I actually get tired of
sitting in airplanes and waiting at airports, but everything around
[performing] gives me energy.

(Sam Feldt’s latest hit with Deepend, Runaways, featuring Teemu)


IHM:
I don’t know if you’re familiar with Aseem from Hotel
Garuda…

SAM
FELDT:
Yeah, yeah of course.

IHM:
He was saying in a recent Live Q&A to Lido’s album
release listening party that he absolutely hates the traveling part but his
love for playing music supercedes that hate.

SAM
FELDT:
That’s the thing for every DJ. We give up a lot and
sacrifice a lot just to be able to play at all these stages. You have to really
love your job to make that sacrifice. I don’t see my family a lot, I don’t see
my friends a lot. I’m just on the road touring playing for people I don’t know.
But, like I said, it gives me so much energy I’m willing to sacrifice that
stuff.

IHM:
Trust me. We, speaking for all your fans, appreciate it.
Next question. The main river that flows through Amsterdam shares its name with
a beer. Which one is it: Budweiser, Heineken, Amstel?

SAM
FELDT:
Amstel.

IHM:
Perfect. So what is your go-to drink when you’re playing a
show?

SAM
FELDT:
It all depends. I use to drink a few beers before I go on
stage, but it makes me piss really bad.

IHM:
Yeaaaah, and you can’t leave the stage once you’re up there.

SAM
FELDT:
Especially for the extended sets, like two hours in a club.
So I don’t drink that much to be honest. Maybe I’ll drink a few shots just to
mellow myself out, but that’s it.

IHM:
To be honest, after the first time I saw you perform at The
Independent I’ve always wanted to share a beer with you, and now here I am
drinking a Corona.

SAM
FELDT:
And I’m only having water. Sorry, I took several shots
earlier. Actually you know, I rarely drink water on stage too, which is really
bad, but it makes me piss too. I always rehydrate when I get off so.

IHM:
So next question. What is the houseboat Poezenboot home to?
I hope I’m saying that right.

SAM
FELDT:
Poezen-what?

IHM:
Poezenboot. It’s a houseboat. I’ll ask it anyways. Is it
home to stray cats, a radio station, or a high school?

SAM
FELDT:
OH! The Poezenboat.

IHM:
Yes! Argh, my Dutch isn’t the best. My English isn’t even
the best.

SAM
FELDT:
It means the pussy boat. So cats to answer your question.

IHM:
Do you have any pets?

SAM
FELDT:
I do, I’m in love with cats. Me and my girlfriend, like
three months, we got a cat. I love him.

IHM:
Does she send you photos while you’re away?

SAM
FELDT:
Yes, all the time. Makes me feel like I’m at home when I see
him.

IHM:
Sorry, but I’m probably going to butcher this Dutch word
too, but the Concertgebouw is …

SAM
FELDT:
The concert what?

IHM:
Sorry here. (show’s question on flashcard)

SAM
FELDT:
Oh. The Concertgebouw.

IHM:
Yes, what is it famous for: A bust of Mahler, rooftop
revolving restaurant, its acoustics?

SAM
FELDT:
Must be the acoustics.

IHM:
It’s rated as one of the best places for acoustics in the
world actually. Have you ever been there?

SAM
FELDT:
Do you know what Concertgebouw means? It means Concert –
hall. HAHAHA.

IHM:
Man, I’m getting a lesson in Dutch tonight.

SAM
FELDT:
Hahaha, I’ve actually played there before a long time ago.
That was my first show as Sam Feldt.

IHM:
Did you use to have a former alias?

SAM
FELDT:
Yeah, here, I’ll show you. (Opens up phone’s facebook app to
https://www.facebook.com/drpapasov/
and becomes amused by the cover photo) It’s ridiculous, huh?

IHM:
Oh, you were a DR. Is that the same type of music as you do
now?

SAM
FELDT:
No, it’s different. More electro, house, dubstep.

IHM:
Do you ever break out that alias when you’re playing for
just friends?

SAM
FELDT:
No, but I’ve thought about bringing it back and revamping it
into this weird techno guy, like DR. HANZEL.

IHM:
That’d be fun. Speaking of fun, there are more what in
Amsterdam than people? Are there more boats, coffee shops, or bikes?

SAM
FELDT:
Bikes.

IHM:
Yeah, do you like biking?

SAM
FELDT:
I hate it.

IHM:
The next question – Amsterdam has many neighborhoods, but
which is most famous?

SAM
FELDT:
With you, probably the Red Light District. Hehheh.

IHM:
Hahaha okay, well is there a famous spot for locals?

SAM
FELDT:
I don’t know. I’m living in Amsterdam East. I love that
place. Like, for locals it’s different. In San Francisco it’s probably the same
thing.

IHM:
So when you go to cities do you bother going to the tourist
spots or do you look for hole-in-the-wall type of spots?

SAM
FELDT:
I go to tourist spots for about half an hour so we can take
a photo and put it online. Mostly I love going to good restaurants. So I just
follow my nose and see where it goes, or I’m on Yelp, or call people I know
from the area and they pretty much advise on where’s the best spot to eat.

IHM:
Okay, final quiz question. Which famous diary …

SAM
FELDT:
Anne Frank.

IHM:
Wow, hahaha. Okay. Do you guys keep a tour diary?

SAM
FELDT:
Yeah, but I do more like adventures. “HeartFeldt Adventures”
is actually what their called and you can find them on Heartfeldt.me.

IHM:
Cool. I look forward to checking that and see what
adventures you have coming up!

Thank you, Sam Feldt, for taking the time to talk to I Heart Moosiq! For further information on Sam’s upcoming tour dates, visit his Facebook. Check out Sam’s new portal, www.heartfeldt.me, for an immersive experience he’s seamlessly put together for his many fans.

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