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Lilian Hak

Berlin, Berlin, Germany | INDIE

Berlin, Berlin, Germany | INDIE
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"Good radio track!"

About Rebels Outlaws Misfits release:
good radio track! - Laurent Garnier (DJ from France)


""love it! Lilian Hak is a great performer:)""

"love it! Lilian Hak is a great performer:)" - Electric Indigo (DJ)


""How a love for classic movie soundtracks has led to one of the most remarkable, most adventurous Dutch pop record you'll hear this year""

"How a love for classic movie soundtracks has led to one of the most remarkable, most adventurous Dutch pop record you'll hear this year" - Alternative Blog


""Very attractive and theatrical combination of Lilian’s dramatic vocals and caricaturised, orchestral accompaniment of violins and horns.""

"Very attractive and theatrical combination of Lilian’s dramatic vocals and caricaturised, orchestral accompaniment of violins and horns." - NRC (Dutch daily newspaper)


"“Lilian Hak is bombastic!”"

The latest album of Lilian Hak is inspired by soundtracks and old movies (classics). The result is a bombastic album. Giel (radio DJ 3FM) loves it! - No 1 Dutch radio DJ Giel Beelen (Radio 3 FM)


""An album full-packed of atmosphere and a lady with a very impressive voice.""

"An album full-packed of atmosphere and a lady with a very impressive voice." - Musicfrom (biggest Dutch music blog)


""Old Powder New Guns is burlesque, theatrical and with the grand gesture”"

"Old Powder New Guns is burlesque, theatrical and with the grand gesture” - OOR (Dutch music magazine)


"A journey to the nostalgia of classics"

"....The songs are too good, too original in a modern way, produced with the latest technology " - Daily Dutch Newspaper De Volkskrant


Discography

2011 Rebels Outlaws Misfits Incl Matthew Herbert remix - Single Album
2010 Old Powder New Guns - Album
2010 Christmas Dinner - Single
2007 Stitch my name - Single
2006 Faces incl remixes Scanner, Vector Lovers - Single
2006 Love's Victory March - Album
2004 Silence Feels Safe - Album

Check all releases from Lilian Hak in the Discography Shop: http://www.oldpowdernewguns.nl/discography-shop
Check at iTunes store: http://itunes.apple.com/album/old-powder-new-guns/id395787941

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Picture Rita Hayworth and Julie London’s love child with Marge Simpson’s hair. When it comes to Dutch chanteuse Lilian Hak, big names appear on the bill almost immediately. Her song I Never Speak to Strangers is the ‘soundtrack to an unmade James Bond movie, while her album Old Powder New Guns has a ‘Miles-Davis-in-Paris-cool’ feel to it. The comparisons may seem extreme, but that’s what happens when you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of famous flicks from the 1950s and 1960s, and come up with a record that’s heavily influenced by scenes from Bacall and Bogart movies. We’ll get to the hairdo later.

With her big sea green eyes and petite figure, it’s no wonder that Lilian Hak makes smoky, sensual music. Although she’s conservatory trained, acoustic instruments were not her first choice. Her first albums are beat driven, heavy on the electronics and samples, and sparse on the vocals. And she wasn’t making brainless, pounding techno, either. “When I write music, it has a very visual place in my mind. It has a place full of characters, colours and landscapes,” Lilian explains. She worked with famous electronic artists like Scanner and T.Raumschmiere, played venues in Europe and the United States, and supported bands like M83, The Kills and Kashmir.

She then diverted course to the theatre, writing and producing two shows for travelling theatre festival, De Parade. In these shows, she sang the first version of Lonesome People, a torch song that makes listeners want to get up and stand heavy-hearted, watching raindrops drip down from their 1930’s style apartment building. The song was made using movie soundtrack samples and people responded very well to it. They wanted, no, they needed this song, and they needed it now!

Over the next few years, this response and her own renewed interest in old soundtracks lead to a trip to a skyscraper in Bangkok. There, on the 22rd floor, in the apartment of a friend and with a big suitcase full of DVDs like The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) and Dark Passage (1947), she found the time and the right place to put all the sketches, ideas and atmospheres together. The samples and images gave her a sense of direction, she wrote all the lyrics herself, and arranged the strings, horns and rhythm sections. Old Powder, New Guns was about reshaping the past into something that was as timeless as the movies and pictures that inspired her.

The album hit like a glimpse of stocking from a beautiful woman. “Old Powder New Guns is burlesque, theatrical and with the grand gesture,” wrote top Dutch music magazine, OOR. Daily newspaper De Volkskrant said, “It doesn’t poke at cheap nostalgia in any way. The songs are too good, too original in a modern way, produced with the latest technology." Music blog FileUnder.nl simply stated, “God damn it, what a voice!” Venues were filled, TV shows were booked and plans to take this show on the road outside the Netherlands were made. A short trip to New York had her doing a session for WMFU radio. They were shocked that she didn’t have her canonised hairdo there. Lilian smiles when remembering that day.

Recently (June 2011) she released her second single “Rebels Outlaws Misfits” , taken from the album Old Powder New Guns. Matthew Herbert (UK) made a brilliant remix , “Rebels Outlaws (Matthew Herbert’s Hello Mix)”. It's an inspired version of a great song, and a perfect melding of two exciting artists.

Website in english: http://translate.google.nl/translate?hl=nl&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.oldpowdernewguns.nl/