Podcast: Keeping Your Art Real With Harry Hoban
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In this weeks episode of The Larb I’m chatting to songwriter and musician Kevin Harry Hoban about art, songwriting, music, life, freedom and the realisation that when you’re doing what you want, for no other reason that you love it, anything is possible.
Harry tells how finding his granny’s old Buddy Holly records in his parent’s house when he was about 10 years old, got him started in what is now, a deep and obsessive need to create through songwriting.
We also talk about the apparent disintegration of musical integrity due to the proliferation of technology. No longer do artists strive to create something real, rather they record loosely and without structure, instead relying on technology to fill the gaps they leave in their work.
Harry this takes away from the true nature of what it means to create something meaningful and encourages sloppy craftsmanship. Get in on the conversation with Harry and Larry Maguire as they discuss what it means to be creative.
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Where are you from?
Ballinteer, Co. Dublin
Why did you get into music?
It wasn’t an option, it was more of a happening. I was drawn to it from an early age, and from the highs of listening to incredible artists expressing their unstoppable emotions through song. It couldn’t be matched, I wanted in. I was probably searching for free emotional therapy accidentally and music was where I found it .
How would you describe your music style?
It’s impossible to say as I have written and recorded in every form of music I have come to know. I have music out there under pseudonyms that is drastically different and experimental compared to what I produce under my own name. When you are writing and completing songs on a regular basis for over 20 years that tends to be the case.
What inspires you?
In life — Humans, who truly believe in themselves and have little or no care of what society or other humans around them say or think about them. In music — Artistic integrity and originality (mainly lyrically) within songs .
What’s the meaning of life?
The journey. Having your own journey. Not worrying about what lies ahead. Just doing what you love right now. So, I suppose happiness on a regular basis.
What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?
I’ve already achieved the one thing. It’s to write songs that I am proud of personally. My obsession has remained alive and well for a couple of decades and is showing zero signs of slowing up. So if it’s on the moro that my clogs were to pop, well so be it, my personal musical legacy will be there for anyone that cares to sift through and explore. I already have it sorted for close friends to release all of my private musical writing endeavours at my time of death.
Where do you gig regularly, where can people go see you?
I gig all around Dublin at Open Mic nights. Presently I’m trying to improve my performances and gain more live experience. My band ‘Harry Hoban and The Brothers Kane’ have a couple gigs coming up soon and details are available on our Facebook Page
Originally published at larrygmaguire.com on September 19, 2017.
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