12/29/15

Streaming Consciousness: An Interview with HimeHime

Dear Pussycats,

Rarely do I come across an artist where all I think is "YES!" when I hear their music for the first time. But recently I have, and I'm so happy I did. Lovely readers, may I introduce you to my favorite new artist, HimeHime and his newest album Cancer (available on spotify and embedded the bottom of this post!).


His sounds reminds me of what I imagine my iPhone's dreams sound like (if my iPhone had dreams, of course). It's magical, melodic and a little bit melancholy, aka and the perfect music for any sort of rainy day commute, or day spent thinking while lying down, starring at your ceiling fan.


With a song that secretly samples Mariah Carey, and another one titled, "Nails Emoji," Cancer should definitely intrigue you.


But what keeps you hooked throughout the entirety of this album are the intricate and delicate layered sounds and effects, and the emotional density that is conveyed effortlessly in each song. Thus lending this album to be the perfect soundtrack to your own internal dialogue... I only wish I discovered HimeHime sooner.


I was lucky enough to score an interview with not only the darling genius himself, Mackenzie, but also his Manager/Artistic Director, a DailySass favorite (former contributor AND #WCW), Anissa!

Onto Mackenzie's questions ~

1) Where do you hail from?
I grew up in Lake Stevens, Washington, but I moved to Seattle for school and I have been residing here for about 4 years now.

2) What was the first or most iconic song on your Myspace profile?
Helena by My Chemical Romance. I still have the music video stuck in my head after all these years. 
(umm..hi, Caelan again, this answer is everything, I'm officially in love!...okay back to the interview!)

3) Where does the name "HimeHime" come from?
The name HimeHime comes from a duo project I was working on. "Hime" means princess in Japanese (hee-meh hee-meh ) which was derived from Princess Mononoke, where she is called "Hime" in the movie. Since it was a duo, I thought "HimeHime" worked, and even though it's just me now, I kept the name.

3) Favorite pizza topping?
I’m a spicy sausage type of guy ;)

Photo Credit: Noorsalam Ibrahim

4) What are you currently studying?
I studied Economics in College and graduated this year. In terms of my personal life, I’ve been studying a lot of synth design. I’m trying to become a master at this synth program called Massive.

5) What inspired this album?
This album was inspired by graduating college and the death of my grandparents. Both of them were diagnosed with Cancer and passed away. Their deaths and my graduation represented a chapter closing in my life and the album was the best way I could express my pain/fear/anxiety. 

6) What's one secret from the making of this album?
If you listen to the track Anxiety, the vocal sample I use is Mariah Carey’s “Touch my Body” chopped up. 
(Now you have to listen to this track, Mariah! Are you serious!?!!)

7) What piece from the album are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the last track “Living You.” My distributor misspelled the album “Missing You” on Spotify. This is the longest track I have ever made and it took me 3 months to make.

Photo Credit: Noorsalam Ibrahim
8 ) Tell us about your music video for Bad Dates? What was the initial idea behind it?
The initial idea came from wanting to make something with a colorful pallet design. We drew inspiration from a lot of various music videos which played with smoke and lighting. The song was inspired by bad dates, bad relationships, reading a lot of Mira Gonzalez and being depressed.

9) Where can we find your music and you on social media?
You can find all my music free at  himehime.bandcamp.com, soundcloud.com/himehime, Spotify, or my tumblr himehimemusic.tumblr.com.  I also have a twitter/instagram which I post really bizarre absurdist humor on @himehimemusic.

10) Favorite fruit? (If you don't understand this question, watch the music video for Bad Dates)
Grapefruit.

Now onto the questions for Anissa ~



1) When did you two meet?
We meet over the summer! Which was not long ago actually, like roughly around mid-June through a mutual friend.

2)What is your favorite song off the album?
Hmmm, my top two are Exit and Arrival and Unemployment (Interlude).


3) What inspired the music video for "Bad Dates"?
I can’t exactly remember what I was watching or thinking about at that time, but for whatever reason I wanted to make a video that has to do with fruits and slow motion, I just wanted it to be very very messy.

Photo Credit: Noorsalam Ibrahim
4) Favorite behind the scenes moment?
Hmmmm, that’s tough! The whole filming process was so much fun, but I guess my favorite part is when I’m actually surprised and blown away by the cast, in relate to their actions with the fruit I have given them. I didn’t really direct them that much, I just told them to “go crazy with the fruit,” and some of them did such an excellent job squishing and doing weird things with it hahaha. Also the moment when you wrap up the shoot, always my favorite part.

5) Favorite fruit?
I love a lot of fruits, but my top 5 will be:
1. Any berries, really, I love them all.
2. Pineapple
3. Mango
4. Peach
5. Pear
(Isn't she the best?)

Since you've made it this far, it would be insane not to give this album a listen. I can honestly tell you that you won't regret it! It's hard to pick a favorite because they are make me feel all sorts of feelings, but I'll go ahead and say "Bad Dates" and "Missing You" stand out to me in particular!


Which song is your favorite?

Also on a scale of 1 - 10, how bad do you wanna go on a fruit date with Mackenzie and have Anissa artistically direct your life? It would be beautiful :)

Keep it Sassy,
xoxo
Caelan

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