Late in 2013, French multi-instrumentalist and composer of music for films Alex Roven and his writing partner, the Scottish spoken-word performer Stuart Mudie, released a six-track EP called “If Things Are Broken” under the name Wabi Sabi. The two met after Stuart, already an experienced lyricist, posted an ad on Craigslist in search of someone to compose music for his “poemsongs”. After years of giving his words away to others, Stuart had decided that he now wanted to perform himself, speaking in a deep Scots-accented voice over the alternative rock backdrop that would be conjured up by Alex.
Keen to play live following the release of their EP, the pair invited a bunch of friends to join them for some shows around the bars of Paris. As the music they made with these new musicians opened up to become looser and warmer than their original sound – the band often improvised on stage, or at best rehearsed in the street for fifteen minutes before the show – they found themselves starting to write several new, folkier songs as well.
Gradually, with a handful of new songs and a few new members of the group, they began to see that the music they were making had so little in common with their old material that it was probably time for a new name. A new name to mark a new beginning – and Hitzak was born. by @hitzakband