In this issue, Linus Hablot gives an honest viewpoint about what makes his music, how he perceives artists' sustainability today and recommends music & films while shouting out to an author from his list. The first artist to be signed to Middle Class Cigars, Linus plays his debut show at the Esplanade Concourse on January 7.
Both your photos and music seem to reflect introspection. What do you channel most when you create?
I’d say, myself.
Whatever art I create, whether it be something spontaneous or something I’ve planned for a while, always stems from me wanting to internalise thoughts and feelings. Like wanting to have someone to vent to. Anything to do with love usually comes through. It’s a subject that’s difficult to broach with people you aren’t close to and so music and art act as strong mediums to put private emotions out into the unknown.
What is your EP, Coming Down about?
I named it Coming Down because it was mostly written in the summer after high school, where I found myself adjusting to reality and descending from the high of living a carefree life as an 18 year old.
Why are these songs important to you?
They reflect where my head was at during that time of my life. Listening to them helps me understand where I was and where I want to go. The individual meaning of the songs doesn’t mean as much to me as the way the EP gives insight into my past self.
What’s one thing you really want to write about but have yet to?
I’d love to stop writing about people and start writing about other things in life that matter more.
There hasn’t been anything in particular I yearn to start writing about. I’m just trying to shift the monotonous meanings I see in my lyrics. Instead of it being about a girl and feeling happy or sad, I’d like to explore the middle ground.