A Weekend of Music and Interviews
We’re here at Joshua Tree Music Festival, sitting in the media trailer, rocked from a killer performance by the official cultural ambassadors of Mongolia, The Hu. They have a stoic presence and have traveled a long hard road to get here. We were very lucky to get to ask them about their journey and musical heritage.
Interview with The Hu
V: There is a deep sense of power you translate through your music. Where does that come from for you?
Hu: We just released our first album, which is about energy and the history of our culture. It’s been a long road to get here, years of hard work. It took a lot of energy but every time we step on stage, we are reminded of that hard work and the good memories, and it enables us to perform powerfully, every single performance, despite exhaustion.
V: Do you feel you are representing your culture in the musical offering and bringing a piece of your own childhood and tradition to the West?
Hu: Absolutely! We are so honored to share our country and culture with the world. We were named as the official cultural ambassador of Mongolia by the foreign affairs minister. It’s a lot of responsibility and honor, so we really make sure we are representing our world in a positive way.
V: Your performance carries a deep sense of honor; it really shows through in the music.
Hu: Thank you
V: Can you speak to your vocal technique, the throat singing? Is it common to learn in school in the culture, or not? How did you come to learn this?
Hu: It’s a very special technique which requires training from a young age. Between the 8 band members, we have between 2 and 20 years each of experience. Not everyone in the culture knows or can do the technique. It takes years of training from a young age.
V: You mentioned all the hard work it took to get here. Can you speak to the challenges you’ve had to overcome to reach this level of success?
Hu: We remember so many things. For example, in order to make our first video, we traveled over 2 weeks, 5000 km off road to Western Mongolia. One day we would hike high mountains with our gear in extreme cold; the next day we would be in desert sands in extreme heat. It was exhausting, but after doing it and seeing the success, its been so rewarding.
V: You mentioned YouTube. Do you feel that has been integral to you getting your music out to the world. What part has it played?
Hu: YouTube and social media has changed the entire country. YouTube has been so big part of our success; if it wasn’t there, we wouldn’t be here today. Because of YouTube we are able to release our songs independently from remote locations. We’ve been able to connect with so many other fans all over the world. We’ve watched our videos go from a single view to millions, and it’s still going up. We can see with the YouTube statistics that there are more than 100 countries contributing to the views. Its amazing what has been possible from social media.
V: How did the discovery process with social media, happen for you?
Hu: It was just so organic, word of mouth. No one of influence necessarily shared it. It was just mouth to mouth, ear to ear, people all over the world sharing with one another and that growing. It’s amazing really.
V: Thats a testament to the power of putting something of quality and love out there and having it recognized as such.
HU: Thank you.
V: Do you have any parting words to our readers?
Hu: We are so honored to be here in America. The fans here are awesome. Almost all the shows sold out. The message we bring is a message of courage. Find your warrior spirit within. Unite, stand against injustice. Do something good for the world; protect the world, love the world.
V: Fuck yeah.