Normally we’d despise a band that makes us reach for Character Map so much, but we can forgive HËXĖ for two reasons: 1) the London duo of Lex Stowe and Callum Raab may be new but they’re massively impressing us with each release (including the latest Edge, below), and 2) what we’ve heard of their upcoming stuff certainly cements the hype around them. So we caught them for a lil Q&A before they get all big and whatnot, which you can enjoy for yourselves below…
First musical memory?
Callum: When my dad took me to piano lessons when I was 3 years old and after the lesson he’d get me 10p Space Invader crisps and sweets for doing so well.
Lex: Having Oasis – Wonderwall on full blast in the living room with my mum and sister, singing at the top of our lungs, dancing around and jumping on the sofas like absolute lunatics.
First album you ever bought?
Callum: Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk. A great album with amazing production.
Lex: Honestly… Sum 41 – All Killer No Filler.
Describe your vibe in three words (but then tell us a bit more about the new song Edge).
Lex: Pop, edgy, emotional. ‘Edge’ is about liking someone but not being ready to commit. I wrote the lyrics way before Callum and I met, at the time it had a totally different melody. After we finished our first single ‘Words’ we decided to build something together from scratch. We put some beats down and these lyrics fit perfectly. With a bit of reworking it became what it is now!
How does the writing process work between you two? Or, to take a leaf from the song, what in studio would drive you to the Edge?
Lex: Usually Callum will produce an instrumental first and then from that I’ll work on the melody/lyrics… and probably Callum getting distracted!
An album you would never listen to again?
Callum: It’ll probably have to be one of the ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ albums from when I was a kid.
Lex: That’s a hard one… I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an album that I’d never listen to again.
Your inspirations, musical and otherwise?
Callum: I get inspiration from pretty much everything I listen to, from classical music to hip-hop to house. I like experimenting and trying new things. I feel there’s not really any right or wrong way of doing things in the production process, if it works it works.
Lex: I grew up listening to a lot of Coldplay and Craig David, so they’ve been big influences. One of my favourite artists is Alex Clare, I take a lot of inspiration from his music (I’ve met him twice, total fangirl), Tove Lo (love her!), and Alunageorge because their music is just incredible and so unique.
What are your current jams?
Callum: I do like my house music ’cause it gets you going so I’d say my jam at the moment would be Disciples – On My Mind.
Lex: Alex Clare – Get Real, SZA – Drew Barrymore, Terror Jr – Sugar, Dagny – Wearing Nothing, ALMA – Chasing Highs.
Any guilty pleasures, musical or non?
Callum: Watching Love Island – it’s rubbish but it’s good.
Lex: Love Island… also I’ll still get up and dance to Backstreet Boys and Blue.
Can you explain the name and the accents above the Es in your name?
The accents were chosen because of the design side of things… we wanted it to look original and quirky. We were playing on the word hexed (as in put under a spell).
And finally: Favourite Beyonce song?
Callum: It would have to be ‘Bonnie & Clyde’, there’s something about the nostalgic chords that resonate with me.
Lex: ‘Sorry’ from her last album Lemonade.