We caught up with Hils from El Born to ask a few questions and find out more about the band!
You have a really distinctive sound, where does this come from?
Thank you, I think it’s more of an emotion than a sound really. We try to keep space in the songs so they can breathe and I think this makes it sound different to some of the other music out there.
Do you feel there have been any strong influences in your life that have brought you to where you are now?
Definitely, ever since I started playing music at 6 years old, I have found that music has opened up so many doors and given me so many opportunities. I love that about music! It has taken me around the world and introduced me to some incredibly inspiring people and for this I am very grateful. You never know who you’re going to meet when you play a show, and where it’s going to lead so it’s an exciting journey. I guess my main strong influence has been music itself.
What is your process for writing your music?
In El Born, I would say that Si brings in the skeleton of the songs and my job is to help flesh them out. I love melody and bringing different synths and sounds to the table. It usually happens pretty quickly and we don’t really overthink it, we just get an idea and it grows into something else.
I also love writing songs though. My lyrics are just observations of life and what I’m seeing write now, and the music just comes from somewhere within. I’ll just hum ideas into my phone and come back to them later to put them together.
What inspired you to start writing?
I always wanted to be a singer, for as long as I can remember and when I was younger I loved the Beatles and how simple and yet incredible their songs were. I found melodies and musical ideas easy to write in my head or on the piano, but I never tried to write lyrics until I was about 15. I started to scribble down my stream of consciousness onto some scraps of paper and then they sort of became a songs. I was quite a troubled child in some ways, like any kid growing up I guess, and I think it helped writing it down and moulding these feelings into songs. A kind of therapy I suppose.
Who is your favourite artist?
There are so many, but I find Imogen Heap very inspiring. I love how she always pushes the boundaries and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
If there was one place in the world you could visit where would it be and why?
As a band, there are a number of places we really want to play: Australia, America, Japan, Europe, but personally I’ve always wanted to finish travelling around South America. I spent a year in Peru on my gap year and still want to visit Argentina, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, and see the places I never got to visit that year.
Thank you to Hils for taking the time to chat to us!
Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea.
Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix and beautiful baby girl. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.