We loved “Hermit Songs” by Hungarian Ádám Márton Horváth. He largely composes for dance and film and his work ranges from conceptual to more traditional song structures, it’s always interesting and succeeds very well on its own merits. We were delighted to snag an interview, please do have a read and a listen – we think you’ll be impressed.
Why did you decide to be a musician?
Well, by profession I’m not a musician. Music is my passion, a kind of “side job”, a serious “hobby” for me. I was always drawn to music, as a teenager I was learning to play on the guitar for about two years, and as a lot of teenagers, I dreamt of being a guitarist. But I was too lazy to practise a lot, and my focus shifted towards films. About 8 years ago, when my friend, who is a director, started making found footage films, I would have loved to be a part of it somehow, and that’s when I started creating music. It was a kind of turning point to me when I realized that I want to create music.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
It was probably a child song, a folk song, or a kind of lullaby from my childhood. But I also remember my father had a mixtape with classic pop and rock songs from the 60s, which I also liked. He was looping it forever while driving.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
I don’t like to pick a favourite cause I don’t wanna hurt the feelings of the others, but maybe the Sundays songs. They try to catch the blue, gloomy feeling of the last day of the week when something has ended already, but the new one hasn’t started yet. I like this timeless feeling of Sundays.
How do you know when a song you’re working on is complete?
Well, it always depends on the exact song or piece. Usually, I’m not so patient to record something many times, I also lack the precise instrumental knowledge to repeat something exactly the same time to time. So it can happen that there’s is a song or piece that is left to rest for a long time, until I can record it in one try and I’m satisfied with it.
What’s the music scene like in Budapest?
It is pretty alive and living, from mainstream to alternatives and underground. There are a lot of concerts, and exciting concert places all over the year. Although it’s easy to recognise that there are still bands who are touring in the region but still not coming to Hungary, I don’t know why. There are cool and cosy underground and alternative bars with small stages, but I also have to mention that there has been some pressure lately from the local authorities on these musical and community spaces, threatening some of the best and most colourful concert places in the city. But hopefully, these threats won’t reach their goals.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
Oh, there are a lot. It’s hard to pick. For example All melody from Nils Frahm, or Frozen Paradise from Chad VanGaalen, Backwords from Porcelain Raft, I don’t know, it would be a long list.
Porcelain Raft – Backwords from Christoph Mars on Vimeo.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
Minimalist composers and experimental musicians, because I always learn from them that anything can be music. It gives me strength because I’m not a qualified musician.
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
Recently it is not a song, but a piece from Simeon Ten Holt titled Canto Ostinato. It can totally clear my thoughts and make me smile, it makes me walk on the street in small dance moves. Sometimes I have a feeling, that it is about everything. It makes me go forward. It feels like it draws a route in the forest.
Finally, Adam also did this wonderful cat for us, it’s now SWIT’s official pet.