Hiro Kone is an artist from New. A link with some of her tracks on soundcloud http://soundcloud.com/hirokone and with her gorgeous website here http://www.hirokone.com/. I would like to special thanks Jen and Hiro Kone for this interview.
SI: Could you tell us something about yourself and your artistic background please.
HK: A constant, unyielding engagement with the break between the worlds.
SI: Do you work on your own, what collaborations do you participate in (label, musical partners, etc)?
HK: I work mostly by myself but I enjoy collaborating — especially since I’ve become a solo artist. Tim Dewit (formerly of Gang Gang Dance) and I got together late last winter and produced my latest EP out on Bitterroot Records. I’ve also worked with composer Alexis Georgopoulos (Arp, The Alps). I have some new collaborations in their beginning stages that I’m very excited about, but they are a secret.
SI: Something you want to share about your local scene, some insights or recommendations?
HK: Everything is so over-saturated these days. I recommend that everyone take a break from Facebook. Take a walk and discover something on one’s own. Talk to someone outside of your age/social group… And don’t forget to check the bottom shelf at your local book store.
SI: What equipment do you use, what is your work process?
HK: I’m a multi-instrumentalist — though my early foundation is in classical and punk music — I work a lot in “synthetic” medium now — challenging myself by using computers, drum machines, and analog modeling synths to create what is currently the Hiro Kone sound. I’ve been hard at work learning a new language the last couple of years.
SI: What are your next gigs and where can we preview your works online?
HK: I’m performing an entirely original piece for CINEMA 16 in Philadelphia on Feb. 17th. This is an incredibly challenging and exciting show for me to do. (http://ihousephilly.org/events/cinema-16/) I will do a Hiro Kone show on Feb. 29th (Leap Year!) for the release of latest edition of PERFECT WAVE (http://www.perfectwavemag.com/). They are doing their first ever physical supplement and it will include a 12″ with an exclusive HK track entitled “Fever.”
SI: Any plans for the future you want to announce here…?
HK: Finish the next record. Read my books and write more.
SI: How about some namedropping, do you want to recommend some artists that inspire you?
HK: Jorge Luis Borges, Diamanda Galás, Mark E. Smith, Ira Cohen — I’m drawn to people that actually say something.