An Interview With Disco Hue
Hi Disco Hue. Tell us a little about yourselves: What are each of your artist manifestos in a sentence?
Billy: To create moments that evoke emotions in myself and other people, hopefully inspiring them to express themselves too.
Zie: To bring colour and rhythm into our listeners' lives.
Rush: To create songs that connect and relate to everyone around me, providing them with a sonic experience that expresses my emotions.
Sherlyn: To create music that resonates on a human level, encapsulating a feeling that expresses the emotions binding us together.
What about the 80s informs your music and aesthetic decisions?
Rush: I would say the advancement in music technology that happened in the 80’s definitely influenced the style and aesthetics of our music. From synthesisers to drum machines, bands from the New Wave genre always had cool and interesting sounds that would peak our interest. We tend to gravitate towards these sounds, but we add a little bit of our own modern twist to it.
Aesthetically, we love creating new and exciting looks for the band’s image. Films from the 80’s definitely influence us aesthetically – for example, The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future (Big fan of John Hughes films, by the way) etc – so we always try to create mini films in the short 3-4 minute music videos that we put out!
Let's talk about your guys' craft. As a band, in the process of writing, how do you know when you're on to a song that really works?
Zie: When the hook is stuck in our brain for way too long (laughs). That's usually the annoying bit too. When everyone's gunning for the top melody, and that one melody you came up with just won’t stop looping in everyone's head. How do you get inspired by each other when producing new music?
Billy: It’s a rather organic process. All of us are in the same age group, and are going through the same stage of life. It’s easy for us to connect through the problems we face and at the same time, find comfort in sharing our troubles. The songs that we write are products of us connecting as friends. Best and worst parts of being a young musician?
Zie: The fact that you get older! None of us are getting any younger and that bites! There are always younger, fresher acts emerging, and their sounds are always evolving compared to the previous batch of fresh acts. So the best part is, you're the new kid on the block; the worst part, that there'll be new kids on the block.
If you could write the soundtrack for any book, what would you pick, and why?
Sherlyn: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. An action-packed high stakes heist narrative carried out by outcasts – it could use some disco tunes for those comic relief moments!
Looking ahead, how do you hope to develop as a band?
Sherlyn: By continuously honing our craft and developing a sound that carries across international waters!