Jonas Hain is a 27-year-old Berlin based composer and pianist who released his debut 8 track album “Solopiano” back in April this year. After completing his degree at Abbey Road Institute, he moved his piano to a temporary studio, about an hour away from Berlin. Hain originally aimed to become a Techno-DJ, but his musical focus shifted, inspired by an internship with a film score composer. After that he started to concentrate on classical music. His new single “MMXV” has been released on 19 October 2018.
1: My licence plate ends on 808.
2: Espresso Doppio.
3: I don’t have spacial vision.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Inspiration is probably an unconscious process and I find it difficult to name something or someone concrete. But I think there is a kind of obsession, which drives me.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I have started taking piano lessons as a little boy. I bought my first 1210er Technics record players when I was fifteen and I recorded my first DJ-mixes with Audacity.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Raz Ohara – The Last Legend
Fink – Biscuits For Breakfast
Portishead – Dummy
Ricardo Villalobos – Dexter
Stimming – November Morning
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Call Sigmund Freud. I’d probably book a place on his couch.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Jose Larralde – Quimey Neuquen
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I used to DJ in a small joint in Friedrichstraße. It was always packed to the rim and it felt like 50°C in there. I have some special memories tied to that time.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
When I was focused on electronic music I have again and again lost myself in technical details. Composing for the piano all I need is a piano.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
My sister is fifteen years younger than I. She does not listen to my music because she finds it to be too melancholic for her to listen to.
Jonas Hain’s MMXV is streamable here and here. Pay a visit to Hain’s Instagram to stay updated about his music as well as upcoming dates.
Photo © Felix Broede