After delighting us with her brilliant debut single Barcelona. in May, which went on to garner huge praise from Spotify and Soundcloud who added it to their R&B Hits 2020 and RKJ Music playlists, London-based singer and songwriter Hydie Humbles has now returned with her next breath-taking offering Hippie Camp (Freestyle).
Filled with breezy and bright overtones, Hippie Camp (Freestyle). treats itself as the perfect summertime anthem. Taking influence from the likes of Lianne La Havas and Gabriella Cilmi, the new release cements the artist as one of the most uplifting emerging names we have heard in a while.
So with her new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and what has inspire her most over the years.
What were the first instruments you fell in love with?
I have always been fascinated with playing the drums. I remember my first drum lesson learning a simple rock beat and feeling so alive and liberated, finally being able to express myself in a way I never knew I could.
Way before that, I loved the sound of the harp. You can play anything on the harp and it’s pretty much the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard. In my new single Hippie Camp (Freestyle), I programmed a harp melody into GarageBand to make the overall sound ethereal and mysterious.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
When I sit down to write, my aims for the song are that it’s got to be simple, it’s got to evoke emotion and it’s got to in some way be telling the truth about something, and by that I mean it’s got to feel authentic.
The singles I’m releasing this year are all in some way about love; romantic love, familial love and spiritual love. That’s just where my mind goes when I start to sing, it’s never been truly intentional.
Mostly, I want people to smile when they listen to a Hydie Humbles song. Life is hard and music has the power to make things better, and my hope is that people get some joy out of listening to them.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
I was really into Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus and The Mars Volta but I was also very big into romantic era piano music, like Debussy and Satie. I didn’t really get into R&B until my late teens/early twenties because I think I was just too innocent to relate to any of the lyrics, that joy was reserved for later in life.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
I specifically remember the first time I heard ‘Back in Black’ by AC/DC and being blown away. I didn’t know music could sound that good! I remember feeling right there that all I cared about was learning an instrument and playing music in a band.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
I’m a firm believer in motown in the morning while I make my breakfast.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
I would say that most of my songs have certainly been inspired by people I’ve met, or those close to me, but aren’t necessarily about them. Sorry to disappoint!
What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?
I’ve only just started releasing solo music this year so you’ll have to give me time to catch up, however I have great memories of travelling to Brussels to sign Why Do U Do Dis with Glagla Records.
Outside of music, what are your biggest passions?
I love going out into the world with nothing but a small backpack and an anything-goes attitude to learn about new cultures in the world. Last year I spent a month in Colombia learning to dance salsa and bachata, taking buses up and down the country. Someday I’d love to learn how to sing flamenco in Andalucia for as long as it takes me to get it.
Separately, I’m really interested in community living. I work in Europe’s biggest co-living space and live in a warehouse community in East London. One day I’d love to start a musical community somewhere in the countryside.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I probably would have gone to university and studied sociology and become a teacher or a social worker.
To be honest, music will always be a big part of my life, even if industry success isn’t. If I never decided to start my solo project, I’d probably have joined a band again.
And what advice would you give to those looking to start a career in music?
My advice would be to not try to start a career in music. Just make music, and practice really hard to make it sound good, and if you’re good enough a career will eventually follow. Also, for my ladies reading out there – we need you! Do it! Live your life! Be free! Make loud nooiiisssessss!!