Besides being the mastermind behind headlining act AGRYPNIE, TORSTEN H. for the first time, did also the entire album artwork for his new release on
his own. As Quantheon tours bring unique visions into reality, the REFLECTIVE DIMENSIONS tour will not only be the release of his new record 'Grenzgænger' but also a unique opportunity to see all
the artwork on large scale canvas. Uniquely for the tour, all limited to one piece only the entire designs have been condensed into physical shape, forming the exclusive exhibition
ABOUT TORSTEN H. & AGRYPNIE
How did it all start? Was there a significant event or was it more a continuous progress that brought you to what you are doing today?
It was an continuous progress. As long as I remember, I always wanted to play guitar. When I was fourteen or fifteen, I started getting guitar lessons, started to write my own songs and here we are…
Where does your artist name come from?
AGRYPNIE is Greek and means “sleeplessness”. From time to time I suffer sleeplessness, so I had the idea to choose this name.
What does it mean to you to create your art?
What would happen if one would prevent you from doing art?
I would change this circumstance… Whatever it may take…
Where are you drawing inspiration from?
My life, the world around me, my demons, experiences… mostly the hard, tough and bad ones.
Are there some certain principles or guidelines you apply when creating a new piece? Not only with regards to your art itself but also to the environment you create in, your surroundings, the atmosphere?
Well, I need a guitar to play and my computer to record. But actually these are the only basic parameters. So mostly I write my music at home. Regarding the lyrics, I sometimes even write them when I am driving my car and record the lines with my mobile phone. In the past I thought I need to be in a certain mood in a dark chamber, drunk and pissed off to write lyrics. Through the years I realized it´s a fallacy. It´s just the total opposite then writing music. I need to concentrate a lot on the topic to write lyrics, whereas I am “floating” when I write music.
What do you feel when you create?
Peace and a positive form of emptiness.
Why are you doing what you are doing? What is the purpose behind? Is there a grand philosophy behind your music?
In a very short term… It´s my therapy, my self-fulfillment, my legacy, and also a kind of a drug.
What drives you creating?
Still the things that happen in my life and the things that move me in one or another way.
What did you always wanted to tell about your art/music but nobody asked the right question?
Actually not about my art but as far as I remember, nobody ever asked me the “What other artist would you like to meet in person?” question. Nowadays it would be Jeremy Soule. He is the writer of the Soundtrack to the game “Skyrim”. I simply adore this soundtrack (haven´t played the game since years) and I seriously hear it every week at least three times since I played the game back in the days. I would love to speak with him about the soundtrack, have a look at his studio, things like that.