INTERVIEW: Haux

If you’re not familiar with Haux – aka Woodson Black – you should be. The man makes ethereal folk that seem carefully honed in the presence of just his own emotions, and they resonate every time. He’s just released a new song Ricochet (from his excellent upcoming EP Something to Remember) so we caught up with the man behind it all to find out more…

Hello Woodson. How are you and where are you at the moment?
I’m doing well! I just sat down in my living room at home in the Berkshires. It snowed last night so I had to get a hike in this morning.. it was so wonderful.

Congratulations on Something To Remember. What’s the one thing you choose to remember at all times?
Thanks so much! It’s got to be my Voigtlander Bessa 35mm camera — we go everywhere together.

The songs are once again the trademark Haux style: meditative, melancholic. What were you trying to express with the EP this time?
I wanted Something To Remember to cherish the present moment rather than dwell in the past as my last EP All We’ve Known did.

Is there a happier side to Haux?
Sometimes people say listening to my music makes them happy to be sad.. I really like that, but I do think there will be a happier side to Haux in time.

We’ve got to ask – what happened in Cologne?
I saw a girl and never found her.

Some of your songs are quite heavy. Does the process of writing and performing ever drain you?
It’s a lot more cathartic than draining. Most of the time I’ve already worked through the emotion of a song before I get it down on paper so it’s not too, too heavy. It usually all builds up and then spills out at once. It feels relieving more than anything.

Where does Woodson end and Haux begin?
I think Haux represents my serious & introverted side whereas Woodson might sometimes veer more often into the lighthearted & outgoing side.

What sort of things inspire you when you write? Do you ever survey the competition?
I’m really inspired by the movies I watch, like last week I watched Benjamin Button. There’s a sense of wonder in that film that left me transfixed for hours afterwards. The only time I really survey the competition is when I’m exploring production styles. I’m always inspired by the creativity that happens behind the sound desk. But I really try not to listen to any other contemporary music when I’m writing.

Finally, a question we ask everyone. You don’t strike us as a Beyonce fan but… favourite Beyonce song?
Love On Top. 100%.

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