The End Q + A with HONNE

Get to know the Discover & Download artist HONNE in the latest Q&A

June 6, 2016

Derived from a Japanese word that can be translated to "true feelings," HONNE is just two guys who met in college and started playing music together. Now, accompanied by a backing band when playing live and preparing for a North American tour, the British band has stepped it up to the next level.

All week, we are giving away HONNE's single "Someone That Loves You" for free as the Discover & Download song (June 6-12). We had James from HONNE answer a few questions to help you get to know the band. Check it out:

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records

THE END: Give us a little overview of your last few months. Have you been on the road? Recording? Writing?

HONNE (James): All of the above! The main thing was finishing off our album, which is now done. We're really proud of it. That's coming out on July 22nd, can't wait to get it out there. We also had some shows in the U.S., visited some cities we've never been to before so that was cool, and of course SXSW.

THE END: How long have you been playing music and how did you first get started?

​HONNE (James): Andy was the first person I (James) met at university and we started writing music together within a couple of days, so we've been working together for a few years now. But it was only two years ago that we came up with a sound that we thought was a bit special and HONNE was formed.

Download "Someone That Loves You" for free this week thanks to Atlantic Records

THE END: What projects do you have on the horizon?

​HONNE (James): The focus is all on the album and touring at the moment. But we're always writing and looking to collaborate.

THE END: When will we be able to see you in the U.S.?

​HONNE (James): We'll be in the U.S. touring for a few weeks at the end of July going into August, all the dates are up online for that. Seriously can't wait. It'll be our first time travelling across the U.S. and Canada on the ground, so it'll be interesting to see the landscape change everyday. You don't get that in the UK!

THE END: How do you approach playing live that people can expect from your shows?

​HONNE (James): Although our records are pretty electronic, when we play live we play with a drummer, bassist and BV (backing vocalist). It's a lot bigger than on record and that was always our aim, to make something that gave people a reason to come to our gigs and get an experience that they wouldn't get just by listening to the record. Our shows always seem to have a great atmosphere, couples in the audience often get a bit romantic, people singing along. It's fun.

THE END: Tell us about your band name and how it came to be?

​HONNE (James): So HONNE is a Japanese word that essentially means 'true feelings' and describes the feelings that you keep to yourself or would only share with your closest companions. We came across the word and felt it was perfect for the music we were writing and the things we were writing about.

Download "Someone That Loves You" for free this week thanks to Atlantic Records

THE END: What do you hope people get out of your music?

​HONNE (James): We hope our music takes people on a bit of a journey, makes them feel good, reflective, loved, whatever it may be. After gigs we often go out front to chat with fans and we hear some great stories about how our music has impacted or influenced parts of peoples' lives, and that's one of the most enjoyable and heart warming parts of doing music for us.

THE END: What bands (other than yourself) should people be listening to?

​HONNE (James): Chance The Rapper is definitely one to look out for. His album is amazing. Also big fans of Anderson Paak and Gallant. There's a lot of great talent coming through at the moment.