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INTERVIEW: Hein Cooper

Hi Hein, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Well I woke up in Hannover, Germany this morning after a well deserved day off from touring around Europe. It feels good waking up at midday for once.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hijack”?

It’s about letting someone into your life that seems bad for you. When I fell in love my fears and insecurities tried to convince me to keep it out of my life, and this song is about denying this and letting your lover take over.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Hijack was something I started all the way back in 2016, I was driving around Europe playing a bunch of festivals and the drives were long. My friend and I would drive through the night to avoid traffic. To stay awake we were listening to heavy electronic music and I decided to make some of my own and that was the beginning of Hijack.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I literally hired a friend of mine and my girlfriend and we played with a projector and a smoke machine in this warehouse in Montreal for a night. It was all about portraying this temptress bringing me into this world of lights and haze where nothing is as it seems.

The single comes off your new album Underneath It All – what’s the story behind the title?

Ever since releasing my first album in 2016 I’ve travelled loads. And it’s been lonely at times, so I went looking inside for a version of myself strong enough to deal with that. That’s when the name came to me.

How was the recording and writing process?

Diverse.

How has Thom Yorke and Chet Faker influenced your writing?

I went through a big phase of listening to Radiohead when I was in my early 20s. I love how he uses secret imagery in his lyrics, it’s like he talking about this deeper world, and as you develop as a human over time you unlock what he is saying. And Chet Faker’s interaction with electronic and organic sounds has really inspired my sound.

What role does Australia play in your music?

My music creative process has always benefited from moving around. If I start writing a song where I currently live in Montreal, and then spend time at home in Australia it gives me a new perspective on the same song which can turn it in a new direction.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I’m from a country town surrounded but nature and the ocean so I find nature is woven into my songs a lot.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’m heading around Europe on tour right now. Then Canada is next, and then Australia.

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxb35gS0JEk

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/heincoopermusic/hijack-single

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5JdPEONYSliFlWXzTluM7Z

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