Austrian-based Norweigan singer-songwriter Herald K continues to share his unique take on the music scene through a host of undefined lyrical chapters & character-filled harmonies.
Not long ago, Herald released the brand new single “Arethusa”, which is the first single from the upcoming album “Mythologies”.
Herald has kindly taken the time to answer a few questions from Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding the brand new release, along with details about the album set to be released later this year. You can find the full interview below.
Hey Herald, thank you for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Herald: I’m from Norway, but live in Vienna, Austria. I love creating songs. I love reading. I’m a bit of a film buff. I drink my coffee pure and black, without sugar. I’m somewhat of a romantic.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Herald: When visiting my grandparents at the age of 5. They had a couple of country-collection vinyls. My first favourites were Waylon Jennings and Skeeter Davis!
How would you currently describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Herald: My lyrics are often inspired by poems or stories that I recreate in my own way when turning them into songs. I prefer acoustic instrumentation on my recordings. Instruments made of wood.
You just released the new single “Arethusa”. How did the idea for this song come together?
Herald: I had known the myth of Arethusa from Ovid for years, and had wanted, for a long time, to make a song about that story. Then one day, alone in a Norwegian mountain cabin, it came to me, and I finished the lyrics that same day…
How would you compare the creative process behind this song to your earlier releases?
Herald: This is the song I have carried inside me for the longest, without actually writing it. It came from somewhere deep and is a particularly emotional song for me… Yet I still couldn’t tell you exactly why…
Did you always plan to release this song as a single?
Herald: I decided on my choices for singles after having recorded and mixed all 10 songs for my album. At that point, I had a better idea of which songs could have more potential as stand-alone tracks.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Herald: It sounds perhaps funny when I say this, but: I couldn’t tell you… I believe this song’s meaning is something unconscious to me. And like Carl Gustav Jung once said: ‘The unconscious is REALLY unconscious…’ So I couldn’t say anything about it.
What message would you like listeners to take away from the song?
Herald: I’m not so sure if it contains a message. Greek myths don’t always do. Maybe the song will have a stronger impact on listeners who switch off that quest for a moral or a message?
This is the first single from your upcoming album ‘Mythologies’. What are some of the things that listeners can expect to hear from this forthcoming release?
Herald: More mythological songs like these. Lots of subliminal stuff. Some interesting characters: A witch, a spooky old ferryman, young lovers, a dark lady… More duets, lots of interesting instruments…
What are some of the things that you would like listeners to take from the upcoming album?
Herald: Pleasure in the music. Emotive experiences. Maybe some stirring up of something suppressed but with a good end result. A sense that the songs resonate more and more with successive listens… That’s my hope for listeners to take away anyway. But I’m sure lots of listeners will take away something different than what I’ve mentioned. And that’s alright… I don’t feel the song is ‘mine’ any longer once it’s out there…
What advice would you offer to someone who was looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
Herald: To be a bit stubborn. Keep at it. If you’re not a kid when starting out, lots of people are gonna put you down early on. Think you’re a bit foolish, perhaps. But if you keep working hard at it you will improve… Nothing is static in music…
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Herald: I’ve got more releases to come this summer! For updates on that check my links below. Keep reading this fabulous blog. You’ll make lots of nice musical discoveries!
You can check out “Arethusa” on Spotify below or on more platforms here.