Ozark Henry a.k.a Piet Goddaer produces music ranging from avant-garde electronica, to pop, to a symphonic album with the National Orchestra of Belgium. Now he releases a song inspired by his community in lockdown – yearning to get back to togetherness : We Will Meet Again is out now. He spoke with The Fountain about the single in more depth as well as his plans for 2020.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to We Will Meet Again?
Really good, it seems that the song perfectly expresses how many of us feel/felt in confinement. The song has also been picked up for a campaign against solitude, research shows that almost half of the population is suffering from loneliness. Because admitting to solitude and loneliness is difficult – it can be hard to turn it around.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence, it rings bells of an old war song?
‘Don’t let this parting upset you, we will meet again’ – My family lived in the battlefield of the first World War and World War 2 .The older people in my village, who survived WW2I often make the virus comparison with the war,that’s why I was so bold to use that line.
TF: Who did you look to and idolise when it comes to influences with this track?
You always have all the work and all the artist with you when you write, but that doesn’t mean it’s always obvious to see from whom you borrow or whose influence is most present. I’m a huge fan of Kate Bush, David Bowie, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver,..
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
Be there for my family, friends, neighbours, my community, support the Blue heart Campaign, fight inequality, create, set up a tour for 2021, collaborate with August Parker.