HUAN HUAN QuickFire Questions

By Frank Bell

Stunning new video for indie-pop gem Mountain Top, works as the right introduction to Taiwanese smart trio Huan Huan (Yi Jen- Drummer, Bo- Bassist, Coco- Lead singer & Guitar) . Their new album is called  Water Can Go Anywhere. Huan Huan play LUCFest 2020 in Taiwan from 27th November to 29th November.

What was the first album you bought?

Yi Jen: ‘Hit me baby one more time’ by Britney Spears, I was living in Panama then and it was a super hit in Latin America.

Bo: ’Groupies’ by Cheer Chen, she was a famous folk singer-songwriter in Taiwan back then.

Coco: ‘Sing and Play’ by Faye Wong, I bought it because of a hit song called ‘Adzuki beans’, however I found other really interesting tracks in the album.

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?

Yi Jen: Jay-Chou. He was one of the most innovative artist in Chinese pop scene when I was around 10. He created a new style of Chinese pop with his own beats and that was the time when I became obsessed with creative ideas.

Bo: Arctic Monkeys & Touming Magazine. I think both of them made a great combination of folk & rock that trying to use catchy riffs and strong beats with folky rhythms.

Coco: Nirvana & Radiohead, these two kind of change my sense of beauty towards music. Without being such a standard pop music style, see how popular they are. They are just so unique and you can feel that intense and powerful energy in their music which has affected my creating path in writing music.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?

Coco: I’m quite inspired by movies. There’re always scenes in my head when I was trying to convey my thoughts through music or lyrics.

Yi Jen: As a software engineer, it’s my everyday-experience to go through the process of brainstorming an idea from carving it and finally to finishing it. This sometimes gives me many practical ideas when I’m making music.

Tell us about your new Album Water Can Go Anywhere?  

Water Can Go Anywhere contains our love to folk, indie pop and dream pop. You might see shadows of these elements throughout our music. It’s the first time we self-producing for most of the tracks, it’s been tough and definitely a challenge for all of us. We learned so much in the studio and it’s so much fun to find the good sound with our recording and mixing engineers, Joshua Lee and Andy Baker. We wanna to express a soft yet resilient mood to our audience, and hopefully this album could be their good companion in life, in order to survive through reality and have the strength to keep moving on.

You are playing LUCFest in Taiwan this year. What can we expect from your performance?

We are more powerful than you think! We might sound gentle in our records, but as a band who makes shoegaze and folk at the same time, we have great dynamics in our performance and it usually gives people a sense of healing, along with some restlessness.