Por Omar Pons
¿Conoces a High Høøps? Música para bailar bajo el sol.
El es HIGH HØØPS, un vocalista/productor/multinstrumentista cuyo verdadero nombre es Jordan Arts. Su música se caracteriza por fusionar RnB con nostalgia ochentera y buenas vibras; la mezcla perfecta para bailar lento bajo sol.
El originario de Nueva Zelanda trae un toque de frescura de pop experimental y muchas ganas de crear algo único y diferente.
Cada una de sus pistas muestra una gran calidad de ejecución, tanto en su producción cómo en el recurso de su voz; trabajo que se nota y lo ha llevado a abrir actos importantes. Desde su debut el artista ha compartido escenario con músicos como Lorde, Kaytranada (XL Recordings), MNDSGN (Stones Throw Records), Harvey Sutherland y Bermuda (Clarity).
Les dejamos la entrevista al la mente de este proyecto; esto fue lo que Jordan nos contó:
Most of us don't have the pleasure to know New Zealand, what can you tell us about your country and the music scene?
Even a country as tiny as New Zealand, the opportunity for success is blurred into one potion pot with the internet and streaming taking charge. We have a lot of artists who are very "Kiwi-centric" and will sell out stadium shows while overseas and online it hasn't connected. Vice versa we have bedroom creators doing their thing with massive followings and critical hype on the other side of the world. In between those two values are fresh-thinking creators doing their purest form and connecting the dots for themselves.
I feel as a "scene"; we're definitely caring less about what each other think and this idea that success can only happen by moving overseas - I'd like to think we're just doing it purely for ourselves. That's all you owe to yourself as a creator and to the listener - there's a "choose-your- own-adventure" existence with so much music at a listeners fingertips now that they can sense if something isn't authentic. NZ's on the up with that vibe.
Which contemporary musicians would you recommend for us the listen to?
From New Zealand? Avant-R&B pop specialist Matthew Young is about to drop some real heat. The rap super-crew SWIDT are from my small suburb of Onehunga and running the show. This is where I get cheeky and mention my own band LEISURE, we've been working on a second album released later this year. I also dig dream rock girl Fazerdaze and tasty production and DJ duo Manuel Darquart. Marlon Williams if you want to have a conversation with your soul on a long drive somewhere.
How did you get into music?
My parents were always listening to music, whenever or wherever I was as a kid - there would be music playing. My dad had one particular VHS he'd thrash, it was Stereo MC's - Connected. At the age of 8 I'd go to the kitchen and pull out the pots and pans and drum along to the songs. Rhythm was always first so I played drums up until my late teens. I picked up production and sample based beat-making at around 14. St. Germain - Tourist and The Fugees - The Score were thrashed equally as hard in my childhood home. Weirdly enough, HØØPS sits as a balance and combination of the two in regards to sonics and vocal delivery. I can play a bit of bass now, albeit only on an upside down right handed bass.
Can you describe your work in 3 words?