Photo credit: Shervin Lainez
INTERVIEW: Pop-Reggae Act HIRIE
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “She Go”?
She Go is my anthem to all the women out there putting in time and effort without acknowledgment. It’s a nod to the bad ass who don’t need recognition to feel in power.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was in the mood to write something empowering — it just came out! I was having a great hair day and an even more amazing songwriting session with my guys at The Drive.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I enjoyed working with Tim Slu on this video. We filmed in on Oahu where I’m from so it was all quite nostalgic for me!
The single comes off your new album Dreamer – what’s the story behind the title?
The title for the album came to me one morning after a bunch of things were going wrong with my band. We weren’t seeing eye to eye, and at one point the future looked bleak. A Dreamer is what I am, and have always been. It makes more sense now when things seem uncertain, like dream — things just happen. But the important thing is to keep imagining the best.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was amazing. I enjoyed collaborating with different songwriters and reconnecting with my producer Danny Kalb. We spent most of our recording time in El Paso, Texas where Sonic Ranch is located. It was like a resort-style recording facility with room and board. It allowed us to fully submerse in the creative process and just ride the wave. I really look forward to going back again!
What role does San Diego play in your music?
San Diego is where Hirie was born. My first demos, album, shows, rehearsals were all here. My band was put together here and so we truly owe our sound and success to this beautiful city.
How your upbringing does influence your writing?
Having been raised in different countries as a child influenced my love of music and diversity. My parents exposed me to a plethora of artists and my roster of favorites started growing rapidly. From Andrea Bocelli to Celine Dion, Whitney, Enya, Norah jones, a lot of middle eastern music, afro beats, and so forth. Then of course when I moved to Hawaii my addiction for reggae was born.
How do you on balancing your different cultural background in your music?
I find it awesome that I can be an example of how mixed races can come together in one melting pot. From my eclectic band to the diverse fans we play in front of — Im into it.
What aspect of addiction and some of the emotions did you get to explore on this record?
“Message in a bottle” in particular touches on addiction and depression. I based it on my own personal struggles with alcoholism and depression. I believe those two affect one another and unfortunately take me over from time to time.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Every day life – the lows and highs were my inspiration. I tried to be more vulnerable with what I share on this record in contrast to what I’ve exposed in the past.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely! We take our album Dreamer on the road this Fall! Check out our website for all cities!
What else is happening next in HIRIE’s world?
We’re excited to be putting out at least a couple more music videos and experience our first nationwide headlining tour this fall. I can’t wait to reconnect with our amazing fans and finally give them an album we are oh so proud of! The band and I will be working tirelessly on a new set until then!
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