Hess is More
Ane Trolle, Naja Rosa
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
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Hess is More
H.I.M. is a band... and more ?
Danish composer & musician Mikkel Hess functions as minister of integration, yet It is all about the collaborations.
H.I.M. is ultimately the sum of all the great artists that are and have been part of the concerts, projects, parties, films, plays, studio sessions, travels and more. Find some of the key players mentioned below.
Gifted with a natural musical talent, her rough and vivid voice has taken Ane Trolle far within the Danish music scene, and with a rare ability to engage in an array of creative ventures, Trolle has managed to become one the most recognized female artists in Denmark.
2006 found her bursting out of our radios with sweet treats of honey-drippin’ reggae-pop in the company of Danish rapper/producer, Pato, as the duo Trolle // Siebenhaar. The same year she could be heard putting down the melancholic and yearning vocals for the highly acclaimed producer and DJ Trentemøller. Together with her good friend and colleague, Josephine Philip, Trolle created a unique and playful universe under the name of JaConfetti. Her latest musical output includes her role in the trio, Balstyrko, alongside Blæs Bukki, and Ormen, creating some of the most interesting Danish music to hit the national charts.
Not only has Ane been able to cross over to a larger and more mainstream Danish audience – despite her often quite uncompromising take on musical subgenres – she’s also experienced some significant success abroad. In particular, collaborations with both Siebenhaar and Trentemøller have generated international recognition – notably hitting the charts in Germany and France with the Trolle//Siebenhaar-single Sweet Dogs. Not to forget her crucial vocal feature on Trentemøller’s massive electronica hit, Moan. Prior to her involvement in the these collaborations, Ane Trolle was a frequent act in the Danish underground, best known for her ability to jump onstage at any request and blow the audience away with an immediate outburst of improvised lyricism and melody.
Working closely with producer and musician, Peter Leth (The Crooked Spoke, Junior Senior (live)), Trolle has gathered all her experiences from previous collaborations under one roof. Now we find her ready to release her debut album as a solo artist. The material for the album, Honest Wall, has come about after several years of travelling to remote and exotic destinations, such as Rwanda, USA and Haiti, hooking up with a vast variety of authentic and enthusiastic people, all sharing their own inspiring stories. Subsequently, she would spend endless nights in the studio and in her home – a cosy wooden cottage not far from the centre of Copenhagen – processing the ideas and impressions from these adventures.
Honest Wall is a compressed distillate of Trolle’s eclectic experiences and wide-ranging universe, personally as well as musically. It bears witness to her constant curiosity and reluctance towards monotony. In Ane’s own words “it would feel wrong to make a streamlined album. It has to be a wide variety of moods, colours and sounds to righteously portray my inner self.”
The lyrical spectrum found on Honest Wall reflects the diverse nature of the music. The songs are rooted in Ane’s desire to portray close relationships, and the feelings that accompany them. The song Remedy deals with ambivalence; the often difficult and yet warm family relations. Lost and unresolved love is a central theme in both Ribbon Arms and Algae & Bottles, whereas the title track is a sincere celebration of art, creativity and playfulness. According to Ane Trolle Honest Wall is about “Passion, curiosity and the importance of letting this passion be the key factor in life”.
Naja Rosa was born into a musical family. Her parents, Annisette and Thomas Koppel, founders of the legendary Danish rock group The Savage Rose took her on the road before she was even born. Growing up in the south harbor of Copenhagen, she was singing and writing songs from an early age and went on to sing background vocals in The Savage Rose for almost a decade, touring the world. As a part of the band, she also landed two of her own compositions on their 2008 Danish Music Award-nominated release, Universal Daughter.
In 2010 Koppel finished her debut album, Naja Rosa, in a little analog studio in Copenhagen. The record was mixed by renowned producer Bryce Goggin (Joan As Police Woman, Pavement, Nada Surf, Antony And The Johnsons) at his Trout Studio in Brooklyn.The album was received with rave reviews from both music critics and audience, and got her nominated as best female artist at the 2010 GAFFA awards.
After she took Denmark by storm with her debut album, Naja Rosa managed to top even herself with the release of her second album The Place I Call Home in February 2012. Debuting on the Danish charts in the Top 5 and at number 1 on iTunes its first week, the album has proved to be an even greater success.
The Place I Call Home was recorded partly in Denmark with her band, and then with locals from small towns across the southern U.S. From Austin, Memphis, New Orleans, and Atlanta, Naja Rosa managed to record with musicians throughout the south such as the legendary New Orleans Blues singer Coco Robicheaux, Hot 8 Brass Band, Dustin Welch, and others. The song "Battlefields" recorded at Mr DJ The Producers (Outkast, Goodie Mob etc) Atlanta studio.
Naja's original compositions and songs, may be reminiscent of the Rock and Soul music of the 1960-70s, and even the 50s. She has mixed these influences with others and created something new. Similar to the moody sound of a Tarantino soundtrack, her vocals are deep, soulful and pure. These strong, melodic songs can take you from a rockin' and rollin' crazy Saturday night to a bluesy Sunday.
She recently finished a spring tour in Scandinavia and now returns to the U.S. to do summer shows with her outstanding band.
Naja has also produced a book in Scandinavia displaying her photography and stories from her travels around the world with music.
Enjoy the journey. And meet Naja Rosa and her band on the road.