Interview with the Band Haneke Twins

By Mick Michaels

COSMICK VIEW: Hello! Welcome to The Cosmick View and MBM Ten Pounder. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it's greatly appreciated.

CV: Describe your definition of the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
Haneke Twins: Dark undertones with glimpses of light. Simply because it reflects various inspirations and influences.

CV: Today, everyone talks about artist and audience connection. Is such a level of connection actually achievable for an artist and if so, how have you made the connection to your fans?
Haneke Twins: Unfortunately, in these times, with little to no gigs happening, we can only communicate through the internet…which is a very cold and distant way to talk to people…. So, we can’t really say if fans are connected with the band, but we do receive messages of support. Waiting for the situation to improve.

CV: Is fan interaction an important part of the band’s inner culture?
Haneke Twins: We’d say it’s important, but not the most important. First is to express ourselves and bring forward our inner thoughts and feelings through our music. Then we just hope that this music will reach the people who would resonate with it and express them as well.

CV: Can a band truly interact with its fans and still maintain a level of personal privacy without crossing the line and giving up their “personal space” in your opinion?
Haneke Twins: Privacy is one of the most important aspects that we treasure. That’s why we usually cringe when we see very personal pics and info from other bands coming forward.

CV: Is music, and its value, viewed differently around the world in your opinion?  If so, what do you see as the biggest difference in such multiple views among various cultures?
Haneke Twins: We certainly hope not…. In the end, a sound, a waveform and a word, whatever that represents, is there to trigger a certain state of one's soul…irrespective of the background of each person.

CV: Do you feel that a band that has an international appeal, will tend to connect more so to American audiences? Would they be more enticed or intrigued to see the band over indigenous acts because of the foreign flavor?
Haneke Twins: It’s related a bit to the above right. You create a sonic atmosphere. Now if you accompany it with words that one can understand it could help. Not always of course.

CV: Has modern-day digital technology made everyone an artist on some level in your opinion? Have the actual lines of what really is an artist been blurred?
Haneke Twins: Everyone is an artist…in one way or another! :) Technology opened up the way to promote it. But for us, a band showing their first EP in front of 2 people and a very famous band have both the same artistic value. 

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
Haneke Twins: We don’t really believe in trends to be honest. If we would, then it would be a sort of a way of acknowledging them, so we just try to neglect it. 

CV: Has music overall been splintered into too many sub-genres in an effort to appease fan tastes in your opinion? And has such fan appeasements, in actuality, weakened music’s impact as a whole by dividing audiences?
Haneke Twins: Oh that’s another interesting topic. We remember in the old days when we were going to record stores that the music genres were really well defined under 4-5 labels. Then some bands started something that was different, and then another, then you had cross-mixes. We hope that this was more like a natural step forward, and not a choice to target some market that was open. 

CV: What can fans expect to see coming next from you?
Haneke Twins: New music, new album and gigs!

CV: Thanks again for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated.
Haneke Twins: Thank you for the interesting questions!

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