Connections. If you stopped by the Facebook page today, you saw my post on connecting. Music is connections. Telling stories that connect emotionally with your listeners. Finding band members that connect on a direction for the sound of the songs. Connecting as friends with other musicians and music supporters. If you connect with people that like you, then the music part of the equation becomes easy. You’ll see this come up a lot here because I believe that connecting, in all forms, is more important than music.
I know Christine because of a series of connections that started in London and Brooklyn, but also leads through Michigan, Boston, Houston and Paris. There’s too many wonderful things that have come of this series of connections to list, but I’m thrilled that it’s lead me to introducing you to Christine.
Current City/Home Town- Brooklyn, NY via Superior, Wisconsin
Most recent release- ‘You Can’t See Me’, a collaboration by myself and a group from Milwaukee called Kiings
Band Affiliation- Flight Facilities (collaboration) and Kiings (collaboration)
What is your songwriting/composing process?
It’s varied. I think often times it comes from a small idea. I lay that down and then more pieces come afterwards. I like to layer and layer and mess with effects while I’m writing to get the whole mood and soundscape. And then, some warbled words I initially said, I listen to over and over again to kind of see what words they could be and if I like the way the sound of the warbling is I substitute a real word and re-listen to what I have at that point to find out what I’m subconsciously writing about. Sometimes, it’s about a very specific thing and comes from one definite thought and often times it’s improvising and letting myself just say things as they arise and then piecing it together like a collage.
What are you most proud of?
I think I’m really proud that a song I wrote, ‘Clair de Lune’ in collaboration with Flight Facilities, went Gold in Australia and has seemingly been so loved. The rewards from that song like being on Grey’s Anatomy and Alicia Keys tweeting about it are really special. But, I think, the main thing at the root of all is that it seems to have really connected with people. That is amazing. To connect with another human being and to communicate something very dear and honest to me and have another person feel that and perhaps be comforted or find happiness in that is the most important thing for me.
What are you working on right now?
I have a new album coming out this Fall. I’m doing a Kickstarter to help raise funds to release it. (OSW NOTE- Christine had no idea when she sent this interview what would happen. She reached her Kickstarter goal in 32 hours!! She has set a revised goal and added more rewards. Check it out and help if you can at; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1746597757/christine-hoberg-bring-my-album-to-print)
What is your favorite songwriting lyric?
Hmmm that’s so hard. I really love so many artists lyrics, Bjork, Tom Waits, too many good people to have a favorite!
If you could sit down and talk songwriting with anyone, who would it be and why?
I would say I’d love to talk to Danger Mouse, I think he’s an incredible producer, I continually admire his projects. I’d love to just listen to Philip Glass for hours. I’d also love to work with Jack White and Jon Brion.
What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
Believe in yourself. Have patience. Seek out and listen to critiques and dually take them all with a grain of salt. Realize that there is no limit to talent, so keep seeking to create better music, say more honest things, and try to continually improve the quality of everything you do. Try all kinds of genres and don’t pigeonhole yourself. Oh! And never let someone buy you out of your rights! Get a music law book and a lawyer!
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