Emerging music group, Here Are The Lions, recently released their new single, “Unsatisfied”. HATL is a unique combination of electronic, alternative rock and urban groove music. Additionally, their music has global influences from UK pop and rock to American R&B and rap, to European electronica to Asian pop.
Their new single, “Unsatisfied” highlights these influences as well as introduces a key message in their music: solving the ignorance within our society. They believe that T.V. and social networks promote a new society built on a great vacuum. Essentially, the group’s goal is to stand up to this ignorance by creating music that exudes positive messages. The group is able to create music that evokes emotion by having such a diverse and unique sound.
We had the opportunity to catch up with the group and discuss songwriting, inspiration and what’s next.
Kat: Could you talk about the inspiration behind your new single “Unsatisfied”?
H.A.L: Musically, “Unsatisfied” is the secret child of an alt rock father and a urban groove mother. Lyrics come from an issue I think we all feel nowadays: we are not at the right place, we don’t get what we want, we currently accept too many things we don’t want. There is an idea, a tool, at the end of each chorus: we need to change our point of view…
Kat: Could you speak about the songwriting process? How does a track normally start for you?
H.A.T.L: Everything comes by accident. I learnt to manage my music among the chaos, the chance. It’s like a freedom in a frame. As life is. Usually I start with a bunch of chords on a keyboard without any will or goal. Then comes a pattern. Very early I start to find the right loop to push the new idea further. Then the chaos leads the dance, and sometimes it becomes a song.
Kat: Have you ever been given any advice career wise that has made an impact, or alternatively do you know have any advice for emerging artists?
H.A.T.L: Wow! Interesting question! I received so much advice at the beginning…Which bring me to point zero! Too many people, even your close friends have ideas about the music you have to do. At the end of the day, I listened to advice when I wasn’t ready. The best advice is: no advice at all. Do it if you want to do it. If you’ll be exhausted before the summit, it means you were not shaped for this job.
Kat: In a world where everyone is heavily on social media, how do you handle your online presence and potentially being seen as a role model?
H.A.T.L: On social media everything is involved: politics, social relationships, arts, etc. Music artists left the big scene at the end of the 20th century. Music became only a tool to stardom. This is it. We don’t have to whine all night long.The story that Here Are The Lions want to tell is quite different, that’s all. I mean music matters, lyrics matter, we need to offer something else to this social media sequence: ideas, will of change, etc.
Kat: What on your playlist?
H.A.T.L: Post Malone, Kendrick Lamar, Philip Glass, Muse…
Kat: What’s next?
H.A.T.L: We will be having a few shows in NYC in the next month and finally releasing the EP!