Monday 5 May 2014

Hibou Interview

His name is Peter Michel, he is only 20 years old.. yet he makes some of the finest dreamy pop sounds I've heard lately. Known as Hibou, he talks about craft spells, yummy cheesecakes and his forthcoming debut album.

You are only 20 years old! since when have you been involved with music?
I started taking piano lessons when I was 3 years old, followed by the drums, then guitar, & then any instrument I could get my hands on.

Were you a member in Craft Spells?
Yeah I played drums for CS for a little less than a year.

I love your music cause it combines dreamy retro and lofi modern sounds. With which eight artists (that have inspired you) would you make a compilation?
Field Mice, Ventures, New Order, Another Sunny Day, My Bloody Valentine, Beatles, The Cure, Orange Juice

Are you responsible for the artwork/videos? What is your perspective on that?
I worked on the 'Dunes EP' artwork with photographs by myself and Emily Harriet. Most of the other artwork and videos have been collaborations. The 'Glow' and 'Above Us' music videos were done by David Dean Burkhart, who is a genius. I love seeing what other people create to combine with the music, and seeing it from someone else's point of view.

Have you reached any labels yet? Album coming soon maybe?
None yet, but the full length should be out quite soon & we're hoping to have a label to support it by then.

How is the music scene in Seattle nowadays? any bands you would recommend?
The music scene in Seattle is great. There's always a chance to see new bands and play with up and coming locals. Some of my current favorites are So Pitted, FF, Lures, and La Luz.

You are in the middle of a UK tour right now. how has the reception been so far?
We've only played 3 shows so far, but the reception has been great. These festivals have been amazing, we all feel so lucky to be a part of them. It's been a long time coming that we play over here, so it feels well deserved.

Are you really a massive cheesecake fan?
Absolutely, I love cheesecake with all my heart.

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