Groovin the Moo is fast approaching and between festival prep and their busy schedule, Claire Nakazawa from Sydney’s Haiku Hands found the time to chat to Grok.
Not About You created huge waves within the Australian music scene. Did you expect this reaction?
We didn’t have many expectations. We definitely thought it was cool track and put a lot of effort into the release. Thankfully our friends and musician friends shared the track on their socials so it got out there and Triple J premiered it. We were definitely overwhelmed by the response, especially when music industry people started emailing us and we could barely get back to everyone. I’m so happy people connected with it and thought it was as cool as we did.
Tell me about the creation of your latest single Dare You Not to Dance?
We were jamming in a studio and I said ‘Dare You Not to Dance F*ckers’ Bea laughed and used the line in a session in Melbourne and we finished the track together. I was just being a smart ass and feeling confident because heaps of the beats we have are sick!
As creative individuals, have there been challenges whilst working together as a collective?
Yes definitely, we all have strong aesthetics and ideas. I think learning how to communicate with each other is such a big part of working successfully as a collective, we’re learning. Also recognising and appreciating everyone’s different contributions helps. I think some of the challenges and rewards of working in a group come hand in hand.
Where does the inspiration for your sound come from? Tell me about your working relationship with Joel Ma?
I think the inspiration for our sound comes from everything we listen to, all the music we love and have been surrounded by. We love dancing so being physically or emotionally moved by a beat inspires us to write to it as well.
Joel Ma is part of the Haiku Hands creative team. He’s definitely a core member and key to Haiku Hands forming in the first place. We write and record together and he gives us pep talks, feedback and sometimes shares his leftover spaghetti with us. We buy him coffee, braid his hair and tell him he’s the best.
You guys have a lot of festival sets under your belt, with GTM coming up soon. How do these shows differ from your own shows?
Often when we play at festivals lots of people are seeing us for the first time, we watch them making up their minds about the show in the first couple of songs, taking sideways glances at each other etc. and then they usually they get into it. I love seeing those kinds of looks on people’s faces, seeing them transition from being inquisitive and slightly confused to losing their shit by the end of the set.
At our own shows and sometimes at festivals, people have come especially to see us, the audience energy starts from the get-go and it feels like we’re all in it together from the start which is such an amazing experience.
What’s your take regarding the growing pressure on Australian music festivals to include greater diversity within their line-ups?
I think it’s awesome and hope it’s happening in every industry, I hope it becomes the absolute norm. Thanks GTM for being an initiator of this. The music industry, being so public and visible, can hopefully set an example of practising inclusion, equality and equal representation.
Can we expect any new music soon?
Yes! We’re working on an album!
Haiku Hands will be heading to Bunbury for Groovin the Moo on May 11.