The405 Presents:Laura Hocking - Interview
From crunk-pop to indie-rock, from guitar tap tap tap hand clap clap clap to folk cream cakes containing razor blades, January 10th will please all moods, all feelings, all likes, all dislikes. Come with an open mind and an empty heart, so as to fill them with sweet dreams and reveries of a night that will endure within the minds eye until the coming spring, and beyond. Be there, to see Laura Hocking completing the line up for The405 and Rough Trade show at The Notting Hill Arts C... (continued)
From crunk-pop to indie-rock, from guitar tap tap tap hand clap clap clap to folk cream cakes containing razor blades, January 10th will please all moods, all feelings, all likes, all dislikes. Come with an open mind and an empty heart, so as to fill them with sweet dreams and reveries of a night that will endure within the minds eye until the coming spring, and beyond. Be there, to see Laura Hocking completing the line up for The405 and Rough Trade show at The Notting Hill Arts Club and dwelleth in an atmosphere that magic bestows. An incredible voice absconding poignant tales of love and beautifully random anecdotes. Her music will capture your thoughts and lead you down a path lined with blue lilies and meandering streams. A voice to relax to. A voice to follow. A voice to fill your heart with. A voice to get lost to, and get lost you will. Some have described her sound as that of Kate Nash, but I am not in agreement, I find Lauraâs music far more inspiring and serene, if anything, I would say Kate Nash tried to do a Laura Hocking but got stuck in the tenements before venturing out into the suburbs and on towards the beautiful countryside where Lauraâs sound resides. Very little information can be found on this charismatic enigma, but once her music resounds in your ears I am not sure that this lack of info matters any more, for her music is all the information one needs to discover what she is all about. Undoubtedly one to watch for the future, and hopefully, that future is just a short stroll away. When did you first take a serious interest into music, singing,writing and performing your own material? Age 5.Â Stuck in school assembly without hymn book: sang a song about a horse instead.Headteacher unimpressed. Were you the type of kid who wanted to be a "pop star" and was always singing growing up? No. I've never wanted to be a pop star. I wanted to be a cabaret singer for a while, and performed a precocious version of 'Fever' in Tadcaster Village Hall at 13, but mostly I would only sing in the bathroom, and yell if anyone listened at the door. I sang Ella Fitzgerald tunes, and found it sort of embarrassing to share something I enjoyed so much. Who or What inspires whilst writing the lyrics/music for a new song? Does the music you listen to affect the music you make? I listen to a lot of classical music, and a lot of blues, and I think those have given me a taste for musical harmony, and storytelling through song. But I find that when it comes to folk and antifolk, I'm constantly trying to escape the music I listen to, and deny my influences.Â It's quite childish.Â I'm also influenced by music and writing that I really don't like, because I try my hardest to do the opposite.Â Most of my lyrics contain veiled jabs to amuse and critique my favourite people.Â I almost always start by creating a character for the singer, and then the song is that character's view of the world. How would you describe your music to a first time listener? I'd flap and use too many adjectives. Pretty, petulant antifolk, with jazz trappings and a vaudeville twist. What's been playing on your Ipod/Mp3 Player/Stereo a lot recently? Jesca Hoop, Bach, Louis Armstrong, Ravel, Chopin, Johnny Flynn, Nina Simone, Leadbelly, Sleeper, Goldfrapp. Do you think its easy for musicians like yourself to get exposure, with the likes of MySpace providing so many unsigned bands and artists with a platform to launch their music on? It depends which way you look at it: MySpace gives bands a potential global audience of millions, and a showcase for their work.Â But that audience has a short attention-span, and has thousands of bands clamouring for their attention, some of which are great honking piles of crap with excellent people skills.Â It's true.Â So it gets to the point where your time is better spent on promotion than on songwriting, if you want people to hear about you. Are there any plans for you to make a music video in the near future? Applications welcome. I'm rather fond of one of your songs called "loves of a girl wrestler". Is there any story behind this song? Are you wearing spandex and body slamming opponents on the weekends? I get boisterous after a few ales, but it's nothing professional...Â That song is me at my most feminist.Â It's about a secure, strong woman trying to balance female empowerment with the pantomime of female desirability.Â She really enjoys both, so the only solution is to take the piss completely. Where is your favorite place to play? The Brixton Windmill, without a doubt.Â And Clare College Cellars, in Cambridge. Finally, where do you see yourself in a year's time, in terms of your work, new projects and any other personal aspirations you have in life? I've just started working with Jane McMullen on lovely lovely cello, and Matt Lloyd, who's a songwriter in his own right with a beautiful voice like a Nordic sailor... and the combination is amazing.Â An EP's been a long time coming, so hopefully we can start recording that in the New Year. I also have a grand ambition to write a novel, which is growing at a leisurely rate of 500 words per week, so by next year I hope to have... more than I do now.