The talented pair that makeup Honey&Eve met in early 2020. You know very well what that means. Yup, they were as optimistic about what would follow as the rest of us as we were all somewhat blindsided by what transpired come March. However, despite the lockdowns in Berlin, they came together and became laser-focused on their craft. That is where this conversation began, and from there we talked movie scores, give and take, and more with Honey&Eve.
Kendra: When you two initially met, who could have guessed that well, the world would start tumbling downhill at a rapid speed? No one. With that, did you two start off knowing you’d make music together, or did you start creating as a way to make some sort of sense of the world around you at the time?
Honey&Eve: We met in March 2020 at the beginning (at least here in Berlin) of the lockdown. We had the choice of canceling our plans on the project and staying home or committing ourselves to concentrate only on music. We chose the latter.
To be honest, the situation of not allowing us to do anything else helped us gain the time and the energy for our music project. We wrote four complete songs, recorded and remixed nine tracks, and shot six music videos in a year. This would not have been possible in any other situation. We made the best out of it. We felt the urge to be productive after seeing other musicians freeze or even quit their projects.
We found ourselves in the right place at the right time.
Kendra: Being part of a duo in any sense is all about give and take. What does each of you give and take when it comes to writing and recording?
Honey&Eve: That is a great question! It is all about working as a team. Alex is writing the instrumentals and producing the whole recording. Hannah gives a voice, a face, and an image to it all. She is responsible for the visual ideas and, of course, the acting parts in our music videos.
When it comes to writing music, we try to think of ourselves in a certain emotional states or perspective of people (or planets) and then write about it. But we also have a very personal song, our first single, “Stranger Soul“ is kind of about us. When one part of the team is running out of energy, the other part has to help. This is important to any teamwork and project, and we think we managed to go through rough and great times together pretty well so far.
Kendra: When it comes to “I Speak Through Storms,” you gave a lot. There are several versions of the song. What inspired the various remixes?
Honey&Eve: One of our musical concepts is to show variety in many genres. We find it very hard to stay in only one style and limit ourselves while there is so much great music out there where we could make a mini contribution to.
A great song should work in every genre and that is a test for us; if we did good songwriting or not. At that point, “I Speak Through Storms“ was a very important song for us. It is told from the point of view of nature speaking to humanity, and the tone of her voice is not very friendly. We felt it was an important and current topic and needed other versions to pay a full tribute to it.
Kendra: From that song to “Is It Ok,” it’s clear that Honey&Eve has a love of the dark, the dramatics. “Is It Ok” reminded me of something you’d hear during the opening credits of a modern-day horror movie. With that, if you could go back in time and score a classic horror film, which would you love to revamp with Honey&Eve’s style?
Honey&Eve: Yes that’s right, Honey&Eve is all about the score to movies that don’t exist yet. That is why we call our genre “Cinematic Dark Pop.” We love to be inspired by soundtracks, rock, and gospel music. We never thought about scoring a horror movie, but if we had to choose…maybe it would be one of the ‘SAW’ films or even ‘The Ring.’ Besides that, we would love to hear our music in a movie someday. So if a director is reading this, we’ll do it! All genres are welcome!
Kendra: There is a cascade of singles out now, but what else can fans expect from you as we wrap up 2021 and head into 2022?
Honey&Eve: We’ve had a pretty good run from the beginning, and now we have to keep it up! So the next single will be an acoustic version of “Is It Ok.” We recorded with a great cellist who gave the track the emotion it needed to have.
After that, we have another song in the pipeline that will have a cinematic feel and hopefully a great video too. Next month we will record a song for a German audiobook, so that would be our first placement. Then when it seems possible again we want to play live shows and challenge ourselves to implement the big sound from our recordings to the stage. Maybe a little tour and also more live recordings to fill our YouTube and Instagram.
We are following the 10x rule of Grant Cardone, and are very excited about how the time outside the COVID lockdown will be for Honey&Eve, and how far we can get. It is definitely a new chapter for us and we are looking forward to everything happening.