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Interview VO  (par téléphone)  29 avril 2008

Having achieved that very rare thing of unanimous appraisal and featuring highly in many music magazines best of 2004 lists with his first offering Gospel of Progress, Micah P Hinson immediately set himself apart from the standard pack of singer-songwriters. His sonorous vocals wrapped around exquisite melodic texturing are his calling card, and yet on sight, few could deny the initial disbelief of such a prodigious and world weary talent being displayed by such a youthful persona.

In the last four years Micah P Hinson, has been a busy guy, with two acclaimed albums under his belt, a re-recording of earlier work composed when he was in his late teens and a side project under the moniker The Late Chord, and with the release of his latest album Micah P Hinson and The Red Empire Orchestra in June marking his third official release, life seems to be going well.

Basking in the glory of recently having exchanged nuptials vows back home in Texas, and while on the European leg of his promotional tour which is doubling up as a Honeymoon period, froggy delight managed to catch up with Micah for an interview.

Though, still plagued by back troubles which have overshadowed the last couple of years, which he has to take daily medication for and smarting from a recent robbery in Spain which saw his passports and medication stolen. He still seems filled with life affirming ardour, as he graciously takes time out to be chat about the pending release of his new album.

What were the influences that affected the sound of this new album?

Micah P Hinson : Well, John Congleton, who is best known as front man and main songwriter for The Paper Chases, supplied the production credentials. He is known for his signature dark sound and a rhythm section that is very large and enveloping. Going into the recording studio we had about 25 songs, which were all pretty well formed going in and the aim was to get over the lo-fi quality of my last album (Opera Circuit), by having the strings provide a good bed for the songs. We had some guys from devotcha and polyphonic spree in attendance, who provided their musicianship. A lot of the album was developed from me just playing the guitar parts and singing, and then just kind of building the strings and arrangements on top of that.

Your previous albums have garnered a lot of praise from the music critics; does this effect how you make music…do you become more self conscious in your writing?

Micah P Hinson : If I didn’t have the fear I would be more nervous. I feel blessed to do what I’m doing; to be-able to affect people and make them feel like their not alone in life. There are a lot of unpleasant things in this world and it’s a great feeling to know that I can supply some form of comfort. I receive a lot of confirmation from people saying that I’ve helped them get through hard times and that makes it all seem worth the effort.

Are you surprised by the favourable press reaction to your albums or have you always been confident in your abilities?

Micah P Hinson :Working on “Gospel”, I was very aware how dispensable a lot of things are in the world, there seems to be so many bands forming, so many albums being released weekly. So I had low expectations going in, I’m just glad to be making music. I have magazines at home with reviews in them, I don’t constantly read them, just to know they are there and that I feature in them is quite an amazing feeling.

What’s the best thing anyone’s ever said to you about how your music makes the feel?

Micah P Hinson: People come up to me at concerts and tell me I’ve affected their lives or relationships, which is incredible. I get a lot of confirmation from people telling me how much my music has got them through hard times, such as divorce or the death of a loved one, to me its more about how it effects the individual than the royalties I get from the records, though the royalties are nice. There are many horrendous jobs in this world, so I feel privileged to be doing what I’m doing.

Describe your song writing process….how old were you when you started writing and when were you first satisfied with the result?

Micah P Hinson: I first recorded Baby and the Satellite when I was 18/19 and I was very happy with the result, it seemed like I was making progress in the right direction. I made it for myself and it felt like I had struck gold.

To me it was very much about salvation and forgiveness, about finding my way in this crazy world, to find or give hope in the midst of forsaken times. I wouldn’t say I was religious but I have a sense of spirituality and its provides a sense of morals, someday I will die and I’ll be nothing more than worms and bones, so I think religion and the associated belief support system provides comfort in the grand scheme/view of things, it engenders the ability to sit back and look how everything fits together.

What’s your attitude to live performances?

Micah P Hinson: Love to play the music live, to see the faces of people in the audience and see how the music affects them directly. It’s fine to record at home and send you music out into the world but I like to surprise people, there are no absolute truths in this world. I love to mix up the live performances…I just played at south by south west and the head of my record label came to watch a performance (fulltimehobby), the show turned out pretty raucous and he phoned me a week later saying ‘do you always play your music live in that way, as on the record it has a much more mellow feel to it’.

Desert Island Discs- Pick 3 albums to take to a desert island?

Micah P Hinson:
Greatest hits (green cover) - Patsy Cline
Disintegration - The Cure
Rhymes and Reasons - John Denver

Is there any artist you would like to work with?

Micah P Hinson: I grew up listening to David Bazan (Pedro the lion), Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf). Luckily I’ve met and worked with some of them, it’s great when there is not much difference between the person they are and the person you expect them to be based on their musical sensibilities.

What are your favourite songs on the new album? Why?

Micah P Hinson: "We Won’t Have To Be Lonesome and Tell Me It Ain’t so" …written about the wife and about struggles and overcoming them.

Also, "Dyin’ Alone" (last track on the album)…I wasn’t with my wife at the time….so it was kind of prophetic in the sense it was about the wife, it’s a rare thing but for the first time in my life I’ve found true unadulterated love, unconditional love.

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A lire aussi sur Froggy's Delight :

La chronique de l'album Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra de Micah P. Hinson
La chronique de l'album Micah P. Hinson and the Pioneer Saboteurs de Micah P. Hinson
La chronique de l'album Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing de Micah P. Hinson
Micah P. Hinson en concert au Festival International Benicàssim 2008
Micah P. Hinson en concert au Café de la danse (17 septembre 2009)
Micah P. Hinson en concert à Théâtre Marigny (dimanche 17 octobre 2010)
L'interview de Micah P. Hinson (vendredi 25 mars 2016)
L'interview de Micah P Hinson (29 avril 2008)

En savoir plus :
Le site officiel de Micah P. Hinson
Le Myspace de Micah P. Hinson
Le Facebook de Micah P. Hinson

Crédits photos : Thomy Keat (la série complète sur Taste of Indie)


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Les beaux jours sont au rendez vous en ce début avril mais nous, sages et confinés n'allons pas cette année envahir parcs et terrasses à comparer son bronzage à coup de vin rosé douteux... non on attend que la mort détourne les yeux de notre pauvre monde. Donnons nous un peu de baume au coeur avec notre sélection culturelle hedbo.

Du côté de la musique :

"Shut up Mix #13" par Listen in Bed à écouter en ligne
"Cerc" de Artus
Interview avec Christophe Chassol autour de son album "Ludi"
"Que faire de son coeur ?" de Eskimo
"Bonheur ou tristesse" de Lesneu
"Super lâche" de Maalers
"Zeno" de Muzi
"Shostakovich : Symphony N 8" de Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse & Tugan Sokhiev
"It's a mighty hard road" de Popa Chubby
"Chapter 3" de Tropical Mannschaft
"Cimes" de Volin
et toujours :
"44" de François Puyalto
"Yene mircha" de Hailu Mergia
"Le silence et l'eau" de Jean-Baptiste Soulard
"Gigaton" de Pearl Jam
"Metal band" de Bernard Minet
"Connection loss" de Caesaria
"The black days session #1" de Daniel Roméo
"Sixième sens" de Faut Qu'ça Guinche
Péroké, Coco Bans, Al Qasar, quelques clips pour lutter contre l'ennui du confinement
"Alterations" de Robin McKelle
"Love of life" de Vincent Courtois, Robin Fincker et Daniel Erdmann
"No return" de We are Birds

Au théâtre dans un fauteuil de salon avec :

en diffusion sur le net :
un classique revisité avec la vidéo de "Le Misanthrope"
une comédie dramatique historique avec le streaming de "A tort et à raison"
une comédie dramatique contemporaine avec le streaming de "Ils n'avaient pas prévu qu'on allait gagner"
une comédie contemporaine avec "L'heureux élu"
du divertissement caustique avec des inoxydables :
"J'aime beaucoup ce que vous faites"
"Sexe, magouilles et culture générale"
du boulevard avec :
"Ma femme s'appelle Maurice"
"Le Nouveau testament"
dans la série "Au Théâtre ce soir" :
"Folie douce"

"Chat en poche"
une gourmandise avec "La Belle Hélène" façon peplum hybridé comics
et des spectacles à voir ou a revoir en DVD :
"Orphée"
"Poisson et Petits pois !"
"Road Trip"

Expositions avec:

des balades muséales à Paris en en bord de Seine avec la visite virtuelle des collections permanentes du Musée d'Orsay, du Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Musée du Quai Branly
pousser en province jusqu'au Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon et même au Mucem à Marseille
et commencer un Tour d'Europe par l'Italie direction Galerie d'Art Moderne de Milan puis la Galerie des Offices à Florence
mettre la zapette dans le sac à dos pour s'aventurer dans les musées du bout du monde du Japon au The National Museum of Modern Art de Tokyo aux Etats Unis avec le Musée Guggenheim à New York
enfin retour at home en toute tranquillité mais en musique en son électro avec sur le Musée de la Sacem "Musiques électroniques - Des laboratoires aux dance floors"

Cinéma at home avec :

en mode Ciné-Club avec :
"Dementia" de Francis Ford Coppola
"M le maudit" de Fritz Lang
"La maman et la putain" de Jean Eustache
découvrir en DVD la filmographie de Jean-Daniel Pollet, réalisateur atypique - et méconnu - de la Nouvelle Vague pour lequel la Cinémathèque française avait prévu une rétrospective avec en parallèle la sortie en salles de ses films restaurés avec en streaming "Méditérranée
et des films récents sortis en DVD :
"Adults in the room" de Costa Gavras
"Au bout du monde" de Kiyoshi Kurosawa
"Martin Eden" de Pietro Marcello

Lecture avec :

"Aotea" de Paul Moracchini
"Fille et loup" de Roc Espinet
"Ghosts of L.A." de Nicolas Koch
"Pierre le Grand" de Thierry Sarmant
"Propriétés privées" de Lionel Shriver
et toujours :
"Banditi" de Antoine Albertini
"Champ de tir" de Linwood Barclay
"Chasseurs et collectionneurs" de Matt Suddain
"Les cents derniers jours d'Hitler" de Jean Lopez
"Les plumes du pouvoir" de Michaël Moreau
"Nefertari dream" de Xavier-Marie Bonnot

Froggeek's Delight :

"Shadow, le cloud computing", retour d'expérience de l'utisation d'un PC dans les nuages
Une sélection de jeux pour moins vous ennuyer pendant le confinement et plus tard
"Call of Cthulhu" sur Switch, PS4, Xbox One et PC
"Call of Duty Modern warfare" sur PS4, XboxOne, PC

Bonne lecture, bonne culture, et à la semaine prochaine.

           
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