Interview | Haley Heynderickx

Words: Kieran Webber | Header Image: Evan James Atwood 

We first discovered the Portland artist late 2017 with her single ‘Oom Sha La La’, a beautifully crafted track that allows an insight into Hayley’s world. The lo-fi indie psych atmosphere created through her music is nothing short of infectious, tranquil and very enjoyable. Now on March 2nd we can expect her debut LP ‘I Need To Start A Garden’ which will hopefully bring a collection of deeply emotive tracks draped in a veil of dreamy soundscapes. With this in mind we wanted to have a quick chat with her regarding the release and her influences.

CLUNK: Hello Haley, thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions we hope you are well?

HH: All is well here, hope the same for you over there.

CLUNK: What can we expect from the debut release in 2018?

HH: Anxious lyrics, primitive guitar, a wonderful band that helps turn my simple songs into something spicier. After the release, you’ll probably see me with a new head of gray hair from touring sporadically through the US/UK/EU.

CLUNK: Was there a particular influence or story that you wanted to portray across the album?

HH: I wish I could say there was. Each song came from a different chapter of life, and I hope the listener can derive their own story from the entirety of the album.

CLUNK: What’s the story behind the debut single  ‘Oom Sha La La’ ?

HH: The song was written during a songwriting challenge some friends were hosting. It was an embarrassing stream of consciousness experiment that went much further than ever expected. I think it’s important to allow ourselves to be embarrassed sometimes, it helps us grow in one way or another.

Listen to ‘Oom Sha La La’ here:

CLUNK: If you could collab with anyone who would it be and why?

HH: Badass ladies of the 60s who were in the mood to share some tunes. I think blending vocals with Vashti Bunyan would be great fun. I just learned of an artist named Norma Tanega who also shared lots of catchy music from the 60s.

CLUNK: Thanks for answering our questions, hopefully see you soon! 

HH: Be seeing you soon! 

Listen to the latest single ‘Untitled God Song’ here:

Kieran Webber

Journalism graduate based in Newquay, Cornwall. My project Clunk Magazine covers surf, Music, Art, skate and Lifestyle. In time we hope to integrate with as many artistic and creative people as possible making an online hub for creativeness, surfing and lifestyle, something I feel that accompanies the other.

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