Interview: Temple Haze + Narou

Today, Temple Haze and Narou release their Reflections EP. But first, in case you missed this gem from the collaboration between Temple Haze and Narou, please check it out before we go on:

 

 

Temple Haze and Narou teamed up recently to create “If I Could Be Yours” and I got to ask both of them questions about how they came to work together, what music means to them and much more. Check it out!

MFL: How did you two come to work together and what do you bring to the table as individual musicians?

 Temple Haze (TH): We met through mutual friends in Berlin, I really dug Nico’s production style and we worked on ideas for most of 2018. As a composer and songwriter it’s really great to meet a producer like Narou to help put the songs together.

 

MFL: Where did each of you grow up and how/when did music become a permanent fixture in your lives?

TH:  I was born in Washington D.C. and spent the majority of my childhood listening to my mothers vinyl records – classics like the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elton John, etc. My mother has always been a singer so I learned everything from her. I knew I wanted to make music from about the time I was 14, and spent ages in my basement learning and trying things out.

Narou (N): I grew up in Vienna Austria. Music played a big role in my life from an early age since my dad used to have his own music studio. I move to Amsterdam to study sound engineering right after Highschool so I would say it became a permanent fixture around that time.

MFL: Outside of music, what do your lives look like?

TH: Me and Nicos both believe in living healthy. I do yoga everyday, and work on improving my meditation practice. Otherwise I do a lot of work with Soneiro Collective – a Berlin based project holding space for sound meditations, combining yoga and music, curating festival stages.

N: I love sports and nutrition so whenever I am not making music I am outside moving my body or in the kitchen exploring.

MFL: “If I Could be Yours” is such a subdued track. How did you know you were done with it and was there ever a time where it was perhaps over-engineered?

N: It actually took us a very long time to finish it cause we really wanted the track to evolve in an unexpected way to give the listener a unique listening experience. I sometimes felt it was overengineerd for sure since it has been the biggest project I worked on to date. We recorded so many different musicians and instruments so it was hard to get everything organized the way we wanted.

MFL: Do you have a specific goal in mind when writing music (a message to be conveyed to listeners etc) or do you prefer to let listeners perceive/understand your music uniquely?

TH: Great Questions. I always have a deeper meaning behind my lyrics that adapt to my personal situation but, yes, I prefer to let the audience create their own view of it, how it affects their own lives. That is the beauty of music and lyric – it creates memories. I find listening a song will bring me back to the place I was when I first listened to it, and I can tap into that memory vividly, put myself back in that space. Otherwise it’s all about love – I try to purposefully evoke positivity and deeper metaphors through my lyrics, always coming back to love.

N: Personally, like many of us, I always try to deal with real life situations when writing songs. However I feel like the way I say and write things it might not always seem obvious what exactly it is I am saying. So I’d say I kind of like the idea that the listeners might interpret my lyrics differently.

MFL: What is coming down the pipeline from you two and how much longer will you be collaborating?

N: We have two more tracks coming end of March that will be the last tracks of our collaborative EP, Reflections.

MFL: What does it mean to you to have “If I Could be Yours” highlighted as one of Spotify’s fresh finds?

TH: Stoked! Especially because we never hired a PR agency or paid promo, so glad to see that music can still spread and make waves on its own, outside of industry money motivating it.

N: It was the first real release I had on Spotify. So having it put in an editorial playlist was huge for me.

MFL: Because we are at the beginning of a new year and I love reflecting on musical favorites of the past year, list one or two favorite releases (full records or tracks) that you could not have gotten through 2018 without.

TH: -All Night Sedans – Leif Vollebekk : Heard it maybe 1000 times in 2018, the whole album, Twin Solitude is genius.

-Forest Green – Big Red Machine

N: –Daniel Caesar – who hurt you

 –6lack – east Atlanta love letter (album)

 –Octavian – little

Big thank you to Temple Haze and Narou taking time out of writing music to share their thoughts with MFL! Look out for more from them as the year goes on!

 

 

 

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