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Artist Interview

Home Body

November 26, 2011

For Arts Night Out this December, we're very excited to feature Home Body: the dreamy electronic duo, Haley Morgan and Eric Hnatow. These two creative spirits are among our favorite Northampton locals. They are sure to warm your heart with their genuine, positive energy and rich, playful sounds.

Home Body will perform live at Ode on Friday, December 9th from 6-8 pm.

Photo credit: Niko Para

How did Home Body get started?
The band sprouted out of us doing other cool things with each other, and wanting to explore what else we could do with our powers combined. We both make things (Haley makes accessories, visual art, videos & produces public art projects, and Eric makes sculptures, masks, installations & other music) and figured it'd be fun to make more things together, since we like each other so much. Plus, Eric was getting sick of his own music and playing by himself, and Haley had been itching to get onstage and perform again.

Once we started playing music together it took a while for us to find The Magic. We wrote several series of songs that we ended up dropping, but kept work-shopping our sound and our aesthetic. Eventually we ended up just booking a show (for New Years, 2011) and forced ourselves to play.

What are some of your influences?
Musically, we are influenced by the sounds our friends make, The Knife, Kate Bush, Numero Group Soul Compilations, Kraftwerk, The Eurythmics, Talking Heads, Brian Eno & related projects, Melanie, Tune-Yards, Shira E., the B 52's, Harry Nilsson…

We also like thinking about sonic vibrations in a bigger sense, in relation to energy, light, pattern, and movement.

What are your plans for the future?
We are going to make music videos, record a full-length album, and tour as much as possible. We intend to live the dream.

What is your dream project?
Home Body

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book? 
"Gotta, gotta get up to get down" - Coolio

If you were a piece of clothing what would be and what color/pattern?
Eric would be a black v-neck shirt, and Haley would be something big, old, soft, and gold.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
"A path is formed by laying one stone at a time" – Agent Dale Cooper

Where do you find inspiration?
We find inspiration in so much—the human experience is so grand and magical!

We love bodies- how they look, how they can be dressed, how they can move, how they function, etc. Therefore we find a lot of inspiration from dance, fashion, and anatomy.

We also love the concept of home. What is home, and how do you know when you're there? What can a home look like? How does one make a home, and what does 'home' mean in the greater contexts of today's society, economy, and state of the environment? Can a group of people feel like home? Can money buy 'home'? Can a body be a home? We could go on and on! We love learning about ancient history, architecture, and astronomy.

We also find endless inspiration from our community, the art others make, as well as from light (natural and unnatural, literally and figuratively), rituals (of all types, cultures, and scales!), and materials (especially plastic).

This is a photograph of fireworks, a comet, and lightening all happening at once off the coast of Australia in 2007. What a show, huh?! We love this photo for the many forms of light present at one moment, and how special and electrifying that moment must have felt! (Photo credit: Antti Kemppainen)