Back in September, we featured “Waste” by Whispering Sons, a Belgian Post-Punk band formed in 2013, on our New Music Radar.
Vocalist Fenne Kuppens was kind enough to indulge us with answers to a few of our favourite questions.
What are you listening to right now?
The new record by Daughters (You Won’t Get What You Want). Pretty intense stuff.
What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?
The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, on CD.
Vinyl or CD/Digital?
Digital to discover music and vinyl to keep it.
What are your favourite bands?
That changes all the time. One of my all-time favourites is Felt. Or Xiu Xiu, who are releasing a new record next year; really looking forward to that!
Why do you live where you do?
Because I would be bored stiff if I lived in a small town. I love the dynamic of the city; it has become a necessity.
What is your favourite journey?
Sitting in the tour van, reading a book, going someplace you’ve never been before and being able to play music there.
What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Sleeping in, a nice breakfast, some music, a book, and nothing to worry or think about. Never happens though.
What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?
Books and headphones.
What is your dream vacation if money was no object?
Japan is highest on my list at the moment.
What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?
Probably find the nearest record shop or bookstore and go digging. And after that, walk around some more, go get some coffee and observe the passersby.
What inspired you to take up music?
I’ve seen shows that really made me feel alive. And that’s something I also wanted to be able to do.
What was your most memorable day job?
I once had to take little pots of salsa sauce out of one box and put them in another. Very life-changing.
What advice should you have taken but didn’t?
“Take some rest”, every day for the last 3 years.
Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would the menu be?
I feel very uncomfortable eating with people I don’t know, so my ideal dinner guests are my friends and we’d probably make pizzas.
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Special Agent Dale Cooper 😉
What was the best live gig or music festival you attended (as a fan or artist)?
Difficult question. I’ve seen Slowdive twice, both times it was magical. Otherwise I love a good Savages gig once in a while, because that energy is addictive.
Editors note: We agree about the magic of Slowdive!
What are your “must” read magazines, news, websites, blogs?
I don’t really read any magazines; just trying to keep up with the local news. The rest are fragmented stories on Facebook and Instagram. I do read my horoscope daily though.
Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art.
Just Kids by Patti Smith gave me a boost of motivation and inspiration. Same for the exhibition of Anton Corbijn I saw a while ago. I started taking black and white photos with my phone after that, but I guess I lack some photographic talent. Blue by Joni Mitchell also did something with me which I can’t explain.
What does the next 6 months look like for you?
Playing a lot of shows.
Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or never meet your heroes?
Never meet your heroes. There’s obviously so many things I want to ask them, but I wouldn’t like to spoil the ideal image I have of them.
Thank you Fenne! Check out Whispering Sons on their SoundCloud page HERE.