A Spotlight Interview with Van Hechter
A new single from Van Hechter is a quirky and incredibly fun dance rock single that brings a number of styles together for a damn good time and it all comes through with a vibrant and edgy feel that makes you want to move straight away.
"Disco Brother" is endlessly entrancing, and the groove is infectious right from the get-go as the beat is a disco four on the floor approach and it shines as guitars rock with bendy riffs and the synth brings out touches of synth-pop and retro vintage undertones while vocals soar and bring the party.
This track will have you shaking your ass in your seat in no time flat and it swells and grows as it plays which means that by the end you'll be singing along and turning it louder and louder.
This is a feel good, colorful and inventive track that seems like it was just meant for summer. It has that club vibe but also boasts quite a pop sound that brings on this charming feel.
The soundscape is lush in its simplicity in the beginning which is great because you really get a grasp on those loose and fun vocals.
But this release keeps packing that punch and it gets more intense and really has a way of sticking in your head for days on end.
It's the type of song that you wake up and just hear in your brain. It doesn't go away until you play it again so you might as well just do it.
All kinds of fun instrumentation and hooks pop in and out including more synths, and organs which all just add to this atmosphere that you just don't want to leave.
It's best just to jump straight to the extended mix version which comes with the single itself.
With such a killer single, we wanted to touch base with Hechter to find out where this came from.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Disco Brother" This single has an amazingly danceable and colorful feel to it! Where did this track come from?
It's an Eryck Wyseman track. He's been my music partner since 2017. I trust him... He sent me this really funny riff that sounded almost like a computer game from 1980. I was like: ''Ok I'll find words!''... Around that time I found myself getting very close to DJ Chauncey Dandridge. Him and I were planning to record duets together-- so I made the song about us, about our brotherhood: how it happened almost instantly.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you? When did you fall in love with music really?
When I was 3 I pointed at the TV set while Tom Jones was on... I said: ''This is like me this is like me''. Mother went: ''Ohh dear!'' Hahaha! Music is my best friend, my greatest passion, something I can clearly starve and suffer for, it keeps me alive and I will leave it only if I absolutely must. Often times I've felt like I was married to it.
RAG: Who is in your headphones right now?
Diana Ross! That woman never ceases to amaze! Have you heard the sex-appeal in that spoken voice she does in ''Turn Up The Sunshine''? She is 78 and STILL has more sensuality in her than MANY young artists. She is a force of nature and I am absolutely stunned by her new hit. God- she will have broken so many barriers in one lifetime!
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
Whatever is on my mind at that time; what amuses me about human behavior, including mine. I love people watching. It's one of my favorite things to do. And I love looking at myself from the outside of myself as well. I think that- often times- real life is much more of a sitcom than we take time to notice... I try to highlight that in writing...
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this song. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I hear a lot of Sylvester and Two Tons on ''Disco Brother''... 2 artists I listened to over and over growing up. Two Tons later became The Weather Girls- by then I was a little bit less interested.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
When I am not doing shows, I treat music like a regular job; 6 or 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm (social media, gym, vocal training, writing, thinking- even). As soon as my day's work is done I pour myself a glass of wine and visit my downstairs neighbor. It's a ritual. My annoying him for a few minutes marks the start of the evening; nice wine, nice meal, friends and sometimes a bit of reading - but I don't read as much as I should.
RAG: Would you say live performances are a big part of what you do?
COVID slowed things down quite a bit... I want to perform as much as possible in 2023. By the Spring, I'll have lots of new material to take to the stage!
RAG: This song feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there?
God I'm not one to give advice. And I certainly don't feel like I've ''made it'' yet! But I guess I'd say: key is surrounding oneself with the right people- loving people- giving people. Every time I agreed to work with artists who mostly thought of themselves, in a greedy way, things backfired, projects aborted.
RAG: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
I am working on 2 singles with a high school buddy!!!!! OMG that's a surprise! He came to see one of my shows and we just reconnected. It was as simple as ''Hey- so- wanna do songs together?'' Also new duets with Chauncey will be released plus I have a full album coming out in June 2023. Should be a very fun year!
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
As tacky and cliché as it sounds... I love you. We love you--- Chauncey, Eryck and I. Without you, we don't exist. You- are everything to us.