Interview: Hero Fisher

hero fisherHero Fisher is a promising and currently unsigned folk-pop musician hailing from London with connections in Brighton. Her debut single “Fear Not Victorious” was recently featured as Track of the Day by Q Magazine and the video is daily clocking up hits on You Tube, helped no doubt by her performances at Hyde Park with The Rolling Stones, and at Latitude Festival where the young star stepped out on her own.

Having grown up in France and spent time in both England and Australia with Australian parents, Hero's early environment shaped her love of many musical genres, including performers such as Patti Smith, Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, The Undertones and Ottis Redding. Here she speaks to DrunkenWerewolf’s Jen Steiner about her love of music and more.

What do you most love about music?

Music is its own language and it can channel what can't always be vocalised. A lot of music was played around the house as I grew up. My parents had a big record collection, and would make mix tapes for the car. With them I learnt to love all kinds of genres. There’s never a "wrong" kind of music to listen to, as long as it makes you feel something [and] as long as it has soul.

How do the places you’ve lived, or languages you speak, influence your musical education and song-writing voice?

I grew up in France and spent some time in England and Australia, so the musical references I've had are a bit all over the place, which is great for me and I plan to keep moving.

I think living in as many places as possible is really healthy and helps you keep an open approach to whatever you're creating. That said, we all soak up what interests us selectively and great music just happens sometimes, whether you've moved around or not. I don't write in French all that much, I think that's because sentences are generally longer and although it's a very musical sounding language, English is a great language for lyrics. I'm working on some French songs now, and they will be good!

Where were the locations for your video “Fear Not Victorious” and who made it?

It was made by Mat O'Brian in Richmond Park.


How involved are you in the visual side of your music?

It's a whole job in itself to create a visual world, but I love drawing [and] went to art school for a bit. All my family are artists so I am determined to be involved in the visuals for my music as much as I can. Most of the contents of the video for “Fear Not Victorious” are mine.

What are the differences or similarities between being a singer or musician and being a performer?

I'm more of a songwriter, and am more interested in the sound I'm making rather than repeating songs I already know. It did take a while for me to be comfortable with the idea of playing to an audience. Performing is a bit of challenge, but only when you're thinking about it. I sort of switch off before a gig; like switching to autopilot. Once you're on stage it's really fun. I love playing with a band too, it beats playing solo by far - it's an amazing feeling when you feel you've done a good show.

Who inspires you as a performer?

PJ Harvey because she's so cool on stage, she always appears genuine and has no affectations - she's just being herself.

Would you describe yourself as an artist?

Yes, I make art, even though that does sound cocky...

What is one musical event or recording you wish you had been alive to see or hear in person?

The Last Waltz [a tour performed by The Band]

- And one musical event or recording you were alive for and loved seeing and hearing in person?

Tom Waits.

You’re currently recording your debut EP. Who else is involved?

I'm recording with Bradley Spence and Charlie Russell (two producers based in Studio 5 at Dean St Studios, whose recent mix and production credits include alt-J, Kasabian, Beady Eye, Chapel Club, Jamiroquai and Black Sabbath). I love recording with them!

Where or what venue would you most like to perform?

The top of a lighthouse.

Where do you struggle creatively?

I don't really struggle creatively. I do struggle with having a routine, and being organised, so I lose recordings or lyrics sometimes. But I'm always writing more so it doesn't matter.

What are your thoughts about the use of image as a formula for success in the music industry?

I love a good marriage of visual and sound, but it's a hard one I haven't really understood how to do yet. For me music is easier because the visuals I conjure up are relatively vague, whereas with actual images I'd have to be more specific. Image is so important though, if you get it wrong it can ruin your credibility. Let's hope I get it right...

Do you have any plans for yourself as a musician and, if you could be in a band or be a performer of an entirely different genre, what kind of music would you make?

I'm not much of a planner, but if I could be in a band of a different genre it would probably be a punk band.

Find out more about Hero Fisher here.


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