DYD: We love your name, Hello Beautiful. Why did you decide to call yourself that?
Makkie (Hello Beautiful): Well I just thought of a bunch of names and ‘Hello Beautiful’ just stuck with me so I went with it.
DYD: You’ve been part of very successful bands, like kidofdoom and Beach Party. What made you decide to branch out and do this solo project?
Makkie (Hello Beautiful): I really love the bands I play in and the genres we play, but I have been wanting to do my own project for years now. I’ve been producing and recording music for about 6/7 years, but only to myself, never really thought of releasing any of it till about a year ago. I guess after the first release there is no end to it, expect a lot of new releases in the new future.
DYD: On that note, what’s different about performing by yourself and also have you used any skills from playing in those bands?
Makkie (Hello Beautiful): I’ve only played a few DJ sets where I play all my own music. I really want to a have band back me on this project, my good friend/drummer for Beach Party, Xander, has joined me on making Hello Beautiful a band. Yes, I learn from everyone I’ve played with.
DYD: What has the response to your Supernova Love EP been like?
Makkie (Hello Beautiful): I guess it’s been pretty great, people seem to dig it, but I’m dying to release some new music.
DYD: Where do you see Hello Beautiful going in the next year? And what would your ultimate musical success be (go wild here)?
Makkie (Hello Beautiful): In the next year, I’ll have two sets to offer, my DJ set and the live show, the live show will have some tracks I won’t DJ, so you will have to come to both of them. I just want to be able to make music and play it live for the rest of my life.
DYD: What are you listening to at the moment?
Makkie (Hello Beautiful): There are to many bands to mention here, St. Lucia is probably the top of the list at the moment, and I know it’s yours too Yetu. I just recently discovered Stepdad, really like them too, it changes all the time, too many bands and they are all so fucking epic.
DYD: What would be your ideal setting for a concert and to drop a few drinks?
Makkie (Hello Beautiful): I wouldn’t mind playing a show in the O2 Brixton arena in London. Reason being is because I watched one of my favorite bands there ‘Soulwax’ and I’ll never forget that moment when I was standing there thinking to myself, ‘This is just too fucking good’.
DYD: What would you be doing if you weren’t in the music industry at all?
Makkie (Hello Beautiful): Fuck knows? Wouldn’t mind designing toys.