DS: What can we expect from a live show when it comes to performing the album?
LH: I don’t really know yet as I haven’t even been able to rehearse because of lockdown, but I’d like it to be a fun club show with lights, strobes, smoke machines, and loads of bass.
DS: We can’t not talk about New Young Pony Club, is there anything you learnt or loved from your time in the band that you have carried forward into your solo music
LH: I think I learnt so much, including about sound on stage. I met loads of other musicians who are still my best friends to this day and I was able to travel the world. I’m very grateful for that experience and the way it helped me in my career. It was also so much fun and felt like summer camp all the time.
DS: Can you name some of your other musical influences? Anyone on the scene at the moment that particularly inspires you/ you would like to collaborate with?
LH: My biggest influence is Prince. I love producers like Jam and Lewis, Jellybean, Arif Mardin, and The Neptunes. In more modern music I love Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator and i’m a massive fan of SOPHIE’s production so hearing of her passing really saddened me – she was one of the most forward-thinking musicians sonically and such an inspiration. I really like what AK Paul and the Paul Institute label, Thundercat and John Carroll Kirby are doing at the moment.
DS: Finally, what can we expect from your upcoming debut solo album?
LH: My favourite description of my music has been from my mate Al, who said it sounds like Galaxy chocolate… I love that! But to be more specific, it’s lots of my influences like acid house, 80’s electronic pop, yacht rock, disco, West Coast R&B, with pop songs over the top.