INTERVIEW: SoundLava Interview with “Hinano”
I make music to express devotion to Divine and also because I want to explore the transcendental in sound. I recently made a song called “Hymn No. 1” where I layered 3 different mixes together and it created a more airy ethereal effect.
Q. What got you into music and made you realize that it was your chosen path?
A. I instinctively wanted to play an instrument at 3 years of age but didn’t get to take piano lessons until I was 9. One of the first songs that inspired me in childhood was “Early Libra” by Billy Cobham.
Q. Tell us about your new music (Song/EP/Mixtape/Album)? And what’s the story behind it?
A. My latest song is called “Psalm”. I have been interested in cathedral type music lately and was tryng to capture a similar ambience.
Q. What makes your music unique? How would you describe it? (genres/sub-genres)
A. I make songs in any genre and no particular one, but I do borrow a lot from hiphop, gospel, classical, indian devotional and jazz. PT, the leader of the band I am in, Beomega, helped me relate more to psychedelic music and so that is a big inspiration in constructing the architecture of a song.
Q. Who are your biggest music influences? And any particular artist/band you would like to collaborate with in the future?
A. My favorite musician is PT who is the leader of the band I play in. He explores guitar frequencies and rhythms in ways that are completely mesmerizing. Alfa Mist has inspired me when it comes to piano. For awhile I liked Ben Mehldau’s piano arrangement of “My Favorite Things . Lately I have been listening to Bulgarian choir singing. I would like to work with a live orchestra.
Q. How long have you been in the music industry?
A. I was in the professional industry side of it for about 8 or 9 years. It wasn’t fun for me because I like staying home. Internet allows for that. I became a professional jazz singer very young and worked in London nightclubs. I later got sponsored as an artist by David Rubinson in New York where I had a chance to record with a few producers including Jeff Bova.After that I became bassist and singer for rock band Beomega. The solo direction I am pursuing right now is fairly new.
Q. Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of? (awards, projects or public performances etc.
A. The first time I played bass with BeOmega was exciting.
The best moments are not the outer career aspects but they happen during the creative process when I am writing and recording a new song.
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
A. Find your own approach with sound.
Q. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
A. Everyone should sing songs to Divine to elevate their spirit.
Q. What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?
A. I’m working with a choir of around 40 untrained singers on my next song The project should be ready in a month or so.