About a year ago, Her quietly crept onto SoundCloud with their debut single "Quite Like." For a while, no one knew who the voice behind this sensual ode to a lucky lady was. Eventually, we found out that the mysterious project was the work of two men: Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier.
At the top of this year, the duo released their debut Her Tape #1 EP. With a string of music videos that followed, Her has become even more recognizable. Given the rise of artists like Rhye, King Krule, and Kindness, it makes sense that they would appeal to the masses too. Her fits right in, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
After their first live performance in New York City, we sat down with the duo to learn more about how they came together and what fuels their musical fire. Skim through the interview in the pages to follow, below.
What are your backgrounds in music, and how did you both eventually meet?
Victor Solf: I’ve been playing music for such a long time. I played the classical piano for a while, and then blues and jazz, and I also was in a choir. Simon played the saxophone, and then in high school, we had a band. For six years, we were quite famous in France. We toured in Brazil, Russia, and Germany, and then we started Her.
Simon Carpentier: Yeah, we were in the same school, same class, and we had this band together. The other guy quit the band, so we decided to start Her. This year, we started working together, writing together, and then we started Her.
Were you always into jazz and R&B?
VS: I think jazz and blues really helped us enjoy music because before, we were just playing classical. So it really helped us to compose songs.
SC: We also liked punk music. Everyone liked punk music. We were more into rock music before, but I think it came off precisely during the video when we decided what we were going to do. We were trying to make our own mix of the different influences that we have. I played saxophone when I was really young. I’m such a fan of the Black music scene from the Motown sound to newer stuff like Kendrick Lamar. We really love that kind of music.
VS: Sometimes, we’re still listening to Katy Perry, though.
Where are you originally from?
VS: I was born in Germany.
SC: I was born in France. I went to high school for one year in Michigan.
How did you end up deciding to call your group Her?
VS: It took a long time. We had all the songs before it, even the artwork. It was really at the end, at the very end. We wanted to have something simple but also for us, her, the woman is really a mystery. It will always be that silly thing. When we found the name, we were so happy about it.
SC: It truly represents and reflects the music. It’s a really cool meaning because, in France, we have two words that are different but that correspond to the English word “her.”
VS: There’s no perfect translation of "her." The different meanings make it very interesting.