Video Premiere | Howling 'Stole The Night'
Exclusive | Ry X and Âme's Frank Wiedemann come together for this darkly beautiful video...
Australian cult singer-songwriter Ry X was catapulted into the global consciousness in 2013 after his track 'Berlin' gathered momentum on YouTube, now boasting 3.3 million views. Frank Wiedemann is better know as one half of revered German house/techno duo Âme. Together they're now known as "Howling".
Despite coming from very different musical backgrounds, the pair reached out to one another and drip fed their debut self-titled track 'Howling' into the clubs and after fellow German house name Dixon closed his Boiler Room set with it in early 2012, it became an underground anthem and the demand led to its release on their Innervisions imprint.
Now their debut album Sacred Ground is almost upon us, and they've kindly given us the exclusive premiere of their brand new music video for 'Stole The Night'. Check it out here and find out more about their exciting project in our exclusive interview below...
MTV UK: How did the two of you collide/come together to create Howling? What was it about each other’s work that made it such a good fit?
Frank: "We met kind of virtually first. A mutual friend brought us together via Skype. I think we both didn't know each others work before or have even heard of it. But we also found out quickly that even while releasing very different music our roots and influences were very similiar as the way how we create music. That and of course the song "howling" started it all for us."
MTV UK: Walk us through the themes and inspirations for the video for ‘Stole The Night’. Is it another self directed one Ry?
Ry: "Yeah, I directed this with a good friend of mine in LA. We have been creating a lot together. Dugan Oneal is his name. We wanted to bring the elements of things we love aesthetically into the context of telling the story of how we are as human beings inherently intended to live within nature, yet we have constructed a convoluted world around us. Some of us struggle within this paradigm. Perhaps they would have been seers or revered people in another world context but instead are labeled by our current society as chemically imbalanced or autistic etc. There are layers of commentary, but this energy of our constructed world vs. that of nature is a key theme."
MTV UK: Tell us more about your tour collaboration with Children Of The Night? What can we expect to experience?
Frank: "I first saw their work for Darkside and was amazed by how easy it was technically to understand but at the same time so beautiful and versatile. And I also knew they worked for one of my favourite clubs "Trouw" in Amsterdam (which is closed now unfortunately). So I made contact with them and we kind of spoke the same language from the first minute on. What they did for us now is something with the same simplicity as mentioned before but in a complete different direction optically. It will build us musicians a warm home on stage and a great picture for the audience, I promise!"
MTV UK: ‘Howling’ is on the Taken 3 soundtrack. Do you like the fact your music can reach a wider audience in that way? Have you seen the movie? Are you Liam Neeson fans?!
Ry: "It really only has context for us to share our music on a wider scale. I don't think either of us have seen the film. But it's nice to give music in new arenas for more hearts to hear it and experience it within a new context."
MTV UK: Frank, when can Âme fans expect a new album?
Frank: "Kristian and me took the rest of the year off to work on own material. But we work very slow... so this might need time and time again. But our new studio is finally in a state that work is becoming easier there and a lot of fun!"
MTV UK: Ry, you had a huge hit with 'Berlin', did you ever expect it pick such momentum?
Ry: "There was no expectations for me. I created that really just for myself and a release of emotions. What is most beautiful is the connection it has had with others. I guess rawness and honesty can cut through all the industry bullsh*t sometimes, and that's a special thing. I have been blown away by the response to it. Very humbled."
MTV UK: Who’s the strangest/most surprising fan of your guys’ music that you’ve discovered?
Ry: "There are some that have a deep connection to the music but are not sure how to express it. That can make for some beautifully awkward moments at times. But who are we to judge... All of that love and expression is amazing. We are incredibly thankful for all of it."
Howling's debut album Sacred Ground is released on 4th May.