Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour? Raincoats is my latest single and my very first single under my new name, HEN. It’s a moody, cinematic piece with a very quirky music video.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work) I’m proud of all my songs but I’ve been really enjoying writing poetry lately. My current favourite is this short piece:
“My bed is cold without you.
I still sleep on one side.
The sheets empty beside me.
Like a place set for an unreliable dinner guest.” -HEN
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote. Last tour my band was much bigger, myself and 4 boys in the band. We all stayed on the floor at friends or fans places most of the time and we happened to have a whole house to ourselves in Canberra. Because we’re used to roughing it, we all had sleeping bags and a one point in the evening I got up from reading and went to go see what everyone was up to and in the middle of the hallway, there was this go-pro camera pointing straight at me, light flashing red. I twigged pretty quickly that something was going to go down but what I didn’t expect was that all of my band mates would be hiding in the hallway in their sleeping bags like some weird giant alien worms who then chased me through this house by jumping around in their sleeping bags before WWE style body slamming me in a giant worm pile up. It was…hilarious and terrifying.
What, or who, inspires you? Leonard Cohen has been a constant source of inspiration for me as an musician, a poet and a person. His words were always so poignant with a soft sense of self depreciation which is disarming. His live performances were the best shows I have ever seen, amazing musicians, amazing songs and a real sense of comradery between the band members.
Which song do you wish you wrote? In my Secret Life by L. Cohen or really anything by him or Billy Joel.
What’s next for you? A whole new album to be released next year!
What’s your scene? Location: Lounge room, night time. Scene: Character enters wearing a cat themed sweater, proceeds to eat pizza while watching Battlestar galactica.
Optional question: How would you describe your sound in food form and why? Dark chocolate with popping candy inside. It’s a dense sound but it’s refreshing and full of surprises!
You may recognise Hen from her previous artist name, ‘Julia Henning’. Under this name (her actual, mum-given name) she has toured the country, released an album, climbed the triple j unearthed charts (claiming the #1 spot on multiple occasions), been featured on Channel Ten’s ‘Offspring’, featured at the world renowned WOMADelaide festival, performed her originals to packed audiences at the Sydney Opera House, had a documentary made about her and several other very exciting things that look good in a bio.
Having spent the last year writing her next album, Julia is now performing under the stage name of Hen, a nickname given to her by some irate friends during an intense game of Mario Kart and used ever since as a short hand for her last name.
Hen is a unique artist, with a refreshing take on the modern pop song. Throwing away the filter and giving you everything she has (and thinks) in the form of ear-worm soundtracks to your life. From the struggles of being an adult to her deepest insecurities, Hen is completely unadulterated and straight shooting from start to end.
Tour dates supporting Rachael Leahcar:
FRI NOV 10th MELBOURNE – THORNBURY THEATRE
SUN NOV 12th SYDNEY – RIVERSIDE THEATRE
SUN NOV 19th ADELAIDE – THE GOV
FRI NOV 24th BRISBANE – THE OLD MUSEUM
THURS NOV 30th PERTH – ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB