Flash Q’s with HONNE
Larasati Oetomo
27 February 2019

We met the English duo, James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck, in a fleeting moment before the two stepped onto LaLaLa Festival stage.

Both of them were effortlessly warm in demeanor, putting aside the chilly weather in Orchid Forest, Cikole, that evening. There wasn’t much time available before they have to go for their third show in Indonesia, but seeing us standing was the least thing they wanted, and so we sat together for a while, talking about how music turned and changed them.

For both James and Andy, the green landscape of pine forest at the venue reminded them of their hometown in southern UK. “It feels like going back home,” they said, “we never really played like, you know, between the trees before, but this is exactly what our hometown was like when we started doing music.”

The two are back with more prepared concept. When being asked about their latest album, Love Me / Love Me Not, James and Andy believed that they have come to experiment with more diverse kind of music than they ever imagined. For example, HONNE was not the one who started the hype between dancers and choreographers, until some of dance videos of Honne songs went viral on YouTube.

“We’re not dancers,” they said, “We didn’t create them ourselves. But we bumped over a South Korean dance crew who popularized our songs with dances and we thought, oh, that’s an amazing idea. That’s how we came up with the idea of, you know, mixing our music and dance to create a whole artistic experience.” they believed that music and dance are two things tied by rhythm and feels—a combination of both is an amazing thing.

Unlike in the previous years, their Asian-based fans have surged for the past year. Coming as the closing act of the night, HONNE prepared a neat plan to surprise their biggest Indonesian audience yet. But still, the best is yet to come.

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