Hello and welcome to one of the funniest interviews we’ve done, here we chat to Kamal Singh from Hoirong, he did a cracking little drawing for us too! It says on their FB page that “Hoirong is an awesome four-piece rock band from India. Their music is very confusing, with traces of punk, post-rock, pop, n…oise, art-rock and disco(!) jostling for space and making fleeting appearances.
Having excited audiences into a froth all over the world, they have now returned to focus all their energy on tapping into the Indian market.” OK then, we’ve featured a couple of their confusing tunes in the recent past, try to keep the froth to a minimum.
How does the dynamic work between you when songwriting?
It’s been easy so far, considering we live in different cities. I write guitar parts/lyrics etc. and email them to the rest of the band and then we take it from there which usually means – a little while before they can become songs.
Do you always agree on musical direction?
Yeah, so far we have, mostly because we have none.
Do you think Indian groups get enough exposure in the major British and American magazines?
I’ve seen some Indian metal bands get featured in Metal Hammer or something. Not enough at all but I guess British and American bands themselves don’t get enough exposure in major British and American magazines?
Does it matter to you?
Not really but it would be cool to be on the cover of something that made us look important or whatever.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
One Way Ticket – Boney M, I think it was. Not sure why at all. I don’t even know if I loved it or was just happy to learn a song. I don’t want to find out either. I also remember liking Midnight Special – CCR, a lot.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
Leaves (unrecorded) I think is the one. I don’t know why. I feel I have accomplished something musically by chance through this song and I think it’s a really good song as a song and I say so myself.
Do your songs change much when played in front of a live audience?
Yeah they change a lot live.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
Have never had that thought, though I have wished I played with other bands. Maybe, I wish I wrote the guitar part to 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins, a little bit.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
Recently a friend introduced The Wipers and I realised they kind of influenced most of the bands that I got influenced by.
*drawing by Kamal Singh
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
I don’t feel happy when I listen to music but I do when I am sung to.
What is the best new band that you’ve heard recently?
Maximum The Hormone.
What do you think of music streaming sites like Spotify and Deezer?
I’ve heard of Spotify but haven’t used it or don’t know anything about it. Deezer?? A Weezer product? Nice.
What’s the opposite of music?
Is this a trick question? I’m not falling for it.