Aug 24, 2012

Interview – The Happy Hippo Family [P+M#09]

Q1. Please Introduce Yourself.
We’re a band from Sweden, called The Happy Hippo Family. We’re basically a bunch of friends that like to hang out with each other and when we hang out, we like to play and discuss music… You can call us a bunch of music nerds…

Q1 自己紹介をどうぞ。
僕たちはThe Happy Hippo Familyというスウェーデンのバンドです。みんなで集まるのが好きな友達同士みたいなもので、集まっては音楽の話をしたり、演奏をしたりで、音楽オタクと言うのが正しいかも。

Q2. How did you start this band?
The idea to start this band came in 2006, at a local pub where we used to hang out. But it was not the right time to start because everyone was going to travel the world but we agreed to each other that we had to do something when we came back again. We were all spread around the world for 2 years, kept contact through internet, and then we all decided to come back home at the same time to spend the Swedish summer together. Said and done, we were 20 people who came to share a 30 square meter small cabin together, and that is were the band actually started for real. We shared this brilliant summer together, there was a party almost every night and we wrote songs during the time… We spent the mornings and days trying to cure the hangover with recording the songs that we had written the night before… It was all built on happiness really… Most of us could not even play music, it was all just for fun.
When the summer ended, we decided to do one live show, just to mark that the summer was officially over.. And we could not fit every one on stage so half of the band had to be in the crowd… The first show was a success and everyone in there felt that we had to do more shows because it was a crazy feeling in there…
And here we are… It’s 2012 and we are seven members left who still feel that same happiness and adrenaline rush when we enter the stage. And the rumours of us has grown bigger and bigger. We have toured Sweden several times, toured in Scandinavia and Germany… and now you have discovered us in Japan… And wow, how we would love to come and play in Japan!

Q2 バンドを始めたきっかけは?

Q3. Who is the artist from whom you were influenced?
We all have slightly diffirent influences and when we put them together the result is very similar to British pop & rock music… We have been compared with Blur and Madness several times. I think we can say that every band that is fun to see perform live is an influence to us… We spend hours and hours in our rehersal space to watch live DVD’s… and what they do good we try to do better…

Q3 影響を受けたアーティストは?

Q4. What are you just doing (release, live, recording, promo, study, work, vacance, etc..)?
We released our new single ‘Mustache’ in april. There’s a new single called ‘Settle for Gold’ coming in late May… And there will be a new single release every or every other month after that, so we are releasing a bunch of singles in 2012 basically. Hopefully we end it up with a vinyl album were all the singles are gathered together…

Q4 今どんな活動をしてる?(リリース・ライブ・レコーディング・プロモーション・勉強・仕事・休暇など何でも)
4月に新しいシングル、「Mustache」をリリースしたよ。5月末には「Settle for Gold」というシングル、その後も毎月か2ヶ月に一度位にシングルが出る予定だよ。2012年はたくさん曲を発表するので、最後はそれをアルバムにまとめたいなと思ってる。

Q5. What do you value most in music life?
We definetily value live music the most. It is so easy to capture people’s feelings with live music and it is always making us happy too see the smile on people’s faces in the crowd. It is such an amazing feeling. Our music is built on happiness and to see people smile, dance and sing along to our songs can make us smile for weeks afterwards…

Q5 音楽をやっていて一番大切にしている事は?

Q6. What was the first tape, record or CD you bought for yourself and when?
I think 3 of us bought a Nirvana single as the first record… We like to think that we all were the cool Rock’n’roll guys in school… but I don’t know, I honestly think people saw us more as the music nerds…

Q6 最初に買ったテープ・CD・レコードは何だった?いくつの時?

Q7. What is most favorite music now?
Since our music is coming closer and closer to the British music scene it has become natural that we listen to similar bands… Mystery Jets just released a new album that is really good, Dog Is Dead is a brilliant band… Well we can’t really get enough of The Libertines either… We can sum it up with that it is very much brilliant music coming from the british isles right now…

Q7 今一番好きな音楽は?
僕たちの作品は増々イギリスの音楽に寄ってきてるので、当然聞くものもそれに似たバンドになるね。Mystery Jetsが最近出したアルバムもすごく良いしDog Is Deadも天才的バンドだよ。The Libertinesも飽きないし・・。言うなれば、今はイギリスの音楽が熱い。

Q8. What is the dream in the future?
Being able to live on our music of course… It would be awesome to tour Japan and Asia… Yes, I think that’s the dream, to travel and see the world and spread the happiness that comes with our music.

Q8 今後の目標は?

Q9. Please Message to readers.
Please give ‘Mustache’ a listen! If you like it, you’ll probably like the video to the song as well, so give it a go! Then, spread the music so we can come and visit you guys! It would be freaking awesome!

Q9 みんなにメッセージをお願いします。

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