Posted On 13 Dec 2018
Alternative Rock group (with DNA of electronic and urban music), Here Are The Lions are under the musical guidance of Bernard-P. Boyer and is a collaboration of multiple musicians from around the world, coming together to create a euphoric musical experience.
Here Are The Lions recently released their music video for their single, “UNSATISFIED”, which incorporates 4 stories and the movement of dance. The song introduces a key message in their music: solving the ignorance within our society. Essentially, the group’s goal is to stand up to this ignorance by creating music that exudes positive messages.The group is able to create music that evokes emotion by having such a diverse and unique sound.
Check out the music video: WATCH HERE
Learn more about Here Are The Lions in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
Ending some footage editing for a few music festivals! After our New York City gigs last month and our successful video “Unsatisfied”, we are ready for the next step!
Since we are now at the back-end of 2018, how has this year treated this band? What is one musical goal that you have had for this year? How close are you to reaching it?
2018 was the birth of this project. We started recording in January at Germano’s studios in NYC. Then we released our first song in May, our first video in September and we did our first gigs in October! Looking back this year, we reached for real the goals we only hoped in January!
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Was it hard to think of a name that you could agree on?
HATL is a modern band. It means when I was searching for the right musicians to do the job, I was focused both on their skills as musician and on their humanity, this peculiar asset giving to some people an extra measure of harmony.
Finding the name was not that complicated. HATL is a unconventional project. On ancient maps, “Here be lions” assigned uncharted territories. That what we pretend to be: unchartered musicians: Here Are The Lions. At the crossing of different music genres, HALT is built with multiple aspects (leisure & art, politics, human rights, post-Enlightenment way of thinking…)
How do you think your hometowns have influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group?
You know, it’s almost incredible! Here Are The Lions is an international band. I came to New York to cast some great musicians in town. I thought I would be the only foreigner. I forgot new York is Metropolis! One guy is from Slovenia, a second one from Italy, a third one from Santo Domingo and one from the Bronx!
What was the inspiration for your newest single, “Unsatisfied”? What was it like making the music video for it? How creatively involved were you with the process?
I wanted to find a new sound, a combination of music. The golden rule was a certain requirement, a real demand. “Unsatisfied” is carrying most of our values, like a perfect trailer. Regarding the last decade, we are all unsatisfied. That was the starting point. The two last generations forgot we are both the tool and and the destination of our destiny. It means we have to find our own solution, that the reason why the “Unsatisfied” bridge tells: time has come to change my point of view…
About the video, Silk, the director proposed a few stories of dissatisfaction in different period of times. We chose the most significative ones, then we casted the dancers, comedians. Diane, the video producer, found solutions all the time! A great adventure!
How would you say that “Unsatisfied” prepares listeners for your forthcoming EP also called “Unsatisfied”?
I hope when listeners like Unsatisfied, they will ask for more. We have on our first EP set for release in January with three other great songs. Each track has its own story, its own potential audience. A good teaser for the forthcoming album.
What was it like making this collection? Did anything surprise you about the overall process? What were some unexpected challenges you faced in the studio?
Making the first selection of tracks is always torture. Why this one and not this other one? Trying to present a coherent collection of songs was the main goal, I think. Producing original music is always an adventure full of surprises. When your playing what I call “cover music”, it means music sounds like everybody else, you don’t have any surprise precisely because you don’t want any surprise. Here Are The Lions music is the opposite: we are searching all the time the right tempo, the good melody, the good vibe and so on… It means everything is moving all the time.
Generally, how do you all go about writing your music? Do you write together or separately?
HATL is a combination of a rock band and a producing project. I write music, lyrics and all arrangements with my computer and my keyboards. Then we work together to adapt, to add real instruments. The energy is always different between live music and recording music. For the stage, we need to enhance the sound in a way to give vibrations to big audiences. The recording music has to be more creative, with a lot of shade. The same listener is not waiting for the same music in venues than in his private room.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Once again, different places lead to different feelings. You could touch the Nirvana during a mix but you could think the day before that song is bad. You could dream you touch the sky on stage when everything is there: musicians, sound, energy, audience, but the day after, you could want to go home and forget all this mud! Music is life and life is unpredictable.
Do you find that all of social media and keeping up with your fans has gotten so overwhelming? Or do you rely heavily on others to take care of that for the band? Which platform would you say that you enjoy engaging with the most?
New tools demand a new way of thinking. But social media is a bait in a way. It’s like asking for an agent to get an agent. In reality, most of labels, managers and publishers are behind the social media of their artists. Personally, I prefer Twitter because among hundred of insignificant facts, you could share some opinions or ideas media didn’t relay on. I like Instagram too, you could create your own window and select what you want to call attention to.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today? Do you find that your music is an escape to all the current events?
A great question, I could only partly answer. Being an artist is always both a choice and a burden. My only concern nowadays is the ignorance. As an artist, as a band, we could fight against it. People are waiting for a better life, hoping to get more for themselves. As a band, as artists, we have to propose them intellectual, spiritual solutions. We don’t have to escape, no runaways. We have to face the reality and try to change a dark current way of thinking.
What musicians would you love to work with in the future? What artists have really been inspiring this group and your music since day 1?
A duet with Paul McCartney, a featuring with Kendrick Lamar, another brick with Roger Waters, a groovy song with Dua Lipa, a recording session with the Muse, a vocal session with Sohn, a soundtrack with Philip Glass, etc. Life will bring us opportunities.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
I hope they’ll wake up, get out of bed, get out of their certitudes and try to build another world. Too many people are living beside their life. We are involved in a new era: the world is possibly going to collapse if we won’t find a new path to go ahead. We’ll try to spread a new kind of revolution: the revolution of minds and hearts. We have to think differently. A few know that already…
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about this group?
We are coming from everywhere, it means from nowhere. We are trying to create a new combination of sounds with ideas, messages, free from the music business. Even if we want to succeed, we want to reach this goal having kept our souls and wills! Join us, follow us and help us to break the rules!