‘Hello’ is a song with a long history. Originally I composed this piece in 2017 or 2018, along with another song of mine – ‘Home’ – which was part of the 2nd album. In my opinion, ’Hello’ was not yet ready back then and was waiting for a more suitable arrangement.
Everything changed in 2021 when I decided to make another attempt at this track – because I always had sympathy for it and believed in its potential. I started from scratch, with a blurry idea of carrying the whole narration with different instruments and most of all, a different metre.
The song is based on 4 elements: synths, moog bass, a drum loop, and quite specifically treated vocals, where the delayed part becomes almost like a new rhythmic instrument.
The arrangement is extremely pure, almost naked but all the elements successfully roll the track ahead, making it sound rich and full and hopefully very energetic.
‘Hello’ is a track about feeling a bit uneven and restless during the night. It is about this strange inner feeling that makes you stay awake and make plans, question things, overthink and not be able to sleep. But it’s an interesting state. The whole nervous system is full on, everything seems a bit exaggerated and you lose control over your mind.
Repetitive words “hello” are a little reminder to yourself to stay sane and think clearly. It is reaching out for other people in the very strange, empty space where you landed.
FILM CREDITS – HELLO – HANIA RANI
Music by Hania Rani
Directed by Neels Castillon
dancer — Kristián Mensa
drums — Wojtek Warmijak
double bass — Ziemowit Klimek
production company — Motion Palace
producer — Louis Arnoux
executive producer — Ariane Cornic
production coordinator — Sandrine Laveau
cinematographer — Eric Blanckaert
1 AC — François Gallet
2nd AC — Adrien Stefas
production designer — Romain Quartier
art director — Vincent Perrin
runner — Zoé Lazzaroni
runner — Elie Varraz
sound engineer / live record — Miche Moreno
mix — Greg Freeman
mastering — Norman Nitzsche
tour manager — Bernard Ambroziewicz
driver — Tomasz Milewski
driver — Michał Żagan
artist managers — Monika Ignaczewska & Carlo Garrè (!K7 Music)
editor — Sébastien Rouquet
colorist — Sylvain Canaux
camera rental — RVZ
sound recording equipment — MADLOC
Many thanks to — Manon Lazzaroni, Sébastien Lazzaroni, Estelle Rudelle, Jacky Ruffier, Mairie de Courchevel, Aymerick Mermoz, Florent Hazucka, Kelly Piano, Saint Louis.