Lucas Hoang

FRESH: ‘Magnetized’ – Lucas Hoang

Lucas Hoang releases “Magnetized”.

by Christopher Smith

“Magnetized” is the third precursor to the album “Shades Of Blue”, which Lucas Hoang releases in 2019. Text and sound join forces in this weighty pop song. “Magnetized’ is the sound of the chains that can tie up a person to someone else – for the good and for the bad” says Danish singer Lucas Hoang. “It can feel heavy, but it can also be a support to be tied to another person.” The ambiguity is reflected in heavy rhythms and sensitive vocals.

Over the years, Lucas Hoang has been inspired by input as diverse as the Vietnamese music tradition, the traditional Danish Songbook, Højskolesangbogen, and a long list of R’n’B, folk, soul and pop music. His upcoming album “Shades Of Blue” is a hybrid of several genres, and Lucas Hoang’s new single, “Magnetized”, is just one example of Lucas mastering the mix in a strong style.

“Magnetized” contains sensitive, vulnerable texts in a robust electronic sound universe. The track is about the loneliness you can feel – not as abandonment, but as the excitement that arises when you are drawn so much to someone else you cannot detach from, nor be with. “It’s about staying in the blue emotions. Enlarge them, feel them, and confront them until the blue notes no longer grasp you as a strong magnetic tension that otherwise draws you to the love that no longer exists. It’s about not being able to leave a place where you’ve never been. So you have to dive into the loneliness if you want to get away from it. Magnetized is the physical force that you on one side are drawn close to, and on the other side want to get away from” says Lucas.

”I’ve deliberately chosen to sing magnetized TO you,” he continues. ”I know that you’d normally say BY you, but I wanted to emphasize the feeling that you are actually chained to something or someone. That the magnetism can be so strong that you and someone else are intertwined and find it difficult to move away” The song is produced by Kristian Hegelund Martinsen. First single from “Shades Of Blue” was “Who’s Loving You?” which was released in 2017.

During the Summer, Lucas has been on tour across the country as backing-singer with the Danish artist Djämes Braun. He is also touring with the electronic vocal group Postyr, in which he is singer and songwriter. Postyr won in 2016 the American CARA Award for best European Album. Lucas released the album “Long Road Again” in 2015. He toured over Asia with the album, and ended in Nepal, where he donated the profits from merchandise sales and concerts to three children’s homes. The singles “Long Road Home”, “Homebound” and the duet “U Can Have It All” with Anna Bell have been playing on the National Danish Radio Stations DR P5 and P4.

In 2009, Lucas released the album “Start From Here”, with a band called TUAN. He is featured in various albums and has performed as backing singer for artists like – Besides Djämes Braun – Tina Dickow, Barbara Moleko and Agnes Obel. Other than these band, Lucas Hang has also been singing backing vocal for international bands, as SAVEUS, Nabiha, Mads Langer, Burhan G, Bobby McFerrin´, Josh Groban, page Four, TV-2, Jacob Dinesen and many more. Today Lucas is the vocal coach for a Danish artist named Skinz as well as lecturing on The Royal Danish Music Conservatory.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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