Swiss producer and musician David Langhard is touring with his band Neutral Zone. New album, HOGOFOGO, is out now on Liverpool’s Salvation Records and a video for the track The Bigger The Pile
What informs your music and songwriting?
Sometimes I don’t do anything for weeks or even months, then suddenly I write and record 20 songs in 20 days. So I guess it’s time, and probably the world around me refilling my brain.
How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I got better, I guess. More focused. And I can handle other people’s ideas and opinions way better. The same as I have evolved as a human being. I got older.
What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Of course there’s the tour and the new album by Neutral Zone, which demands most of my attention right now. And there’s an album production with my other band Howlong Wolf coming up, right after this tour.
What’s on your rider?
There are a few things on the technical rider, like we need electricity and such. We never have a rider for other things. I like when there’s a cat (the animal) at the venue, so we probably should ask for one of those.
Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
As a musician? I experienced some surreal situations with a few mixing engineers – one even had to be kicked out by the security. And once we got into a fist fight with the crowd. There has never been anything like bursting pants or so.
What song do you wish you’d written?
The Passenger by Iggy Pop, or Jolene by Dolly Parton. Very simple songs that have everything a song needs.
What’s your worst lyric?
There’s too many to mention – I’m not a native English speaker, so a lot of my earlier lyrics are kinda bad. It’s gotten better over the years. There’s still a few spelling issues though – in The Bigger the Pile (on the current album) I sing “I’m keeping my seat another day”, but it sounds like “I’m keeping my seed”. That changes the meaning of the song quite drastically, in a way I don’t really like.
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