We had the good fortune of connecting with Anne / (HornZ) Hauter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anne / (HornZ), how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is how society, art, and humanity itself pushes forward in our timeline. Risk takers define whole generations, form pivot points for mankind, and change the game. I often wish people in general would ask weirder questions, and think more abstract way more often. I wish creative and unique approaches to social interaction were more of a thing more people prioritized in their personal development. Boldness pushes societal constructs and shapes what might seem immovable. Fearlessness despite the chance of being cast out changes the world. I’ve said before I’d rather be called crazy a thousand times than ever be called boring.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Lately when I wake up in the morning and I look around, I can’t believe I’m here at this point in my life. I never thought I would get here, having built this project from a seed of an idea. This project couldn’t have happened any sooner, it had to be exactly now, in this exact way, and even this exact time in the history of the world. Every thing that has happened has led me here. I left my family home and moved to Los Angeles abruptly in 2013. The last 8 years have been such a learning process. I’ve worked my ass off to get here. I have been playing trumpet for 20 years now, since I was 9. For a while I was a decent player but my stage presence when I first arrived in LA was that of a scared deer, curled into myself. Then I toured for 2 years with 2 different bands, and learned to be a performer. I came completely out of my shell, invigorated by the audience, sometimes playing improvised solos for crowds of 5,000 people. I needed that experience to get here. I went through tumultuous times in my personal life, so many non-creative jobs, all while writing music to myself, by myself, for myself. I wrote so many songs alone that never were shown to hardly anyone, for the therapy of it. For so many years I never thought my music would be heard. Then I started having dreams. I had been performing playing trumpet professionally with so many bands for so many years. But what if I was performing my own music, my own way? What if I could put every part of myself, my makeup artistry, my humor, my exhibitionism, my musical crafts, all in one place, and show it to the world? Halloween 2018 I dressed up as a Minotaur and created my own costume from scratch. I made a horn headdress with horns that were 2 feet long each, painted with blacklight paint. I felt like a badass. After that, I had a thought… what if this was a persona? Horned animals of various kinds… playing a horn… glowing in the dark… playing original music of an avant-garde and unpredictable genre? It all came together over time. HornZ was a process. Now I’m here, finally playing live shows, and the project is taking off around the country even after just one year since its birth. I am about to embark for a week of HornZ shows in Florida, and then another in Humboldt. Life is fantastic and I couldn’t be more proud or stoked for the future. I want to take it so much farther. I want to do so much more. I can’t wait.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well my best friend has lived in LA for many years haha but if I were to say she wasn’t from here… I would go on a total food tour. Felix for fresh pasta in Venice, Gjelina for bread and accoutrement, Bottega Louie for pastries, Masa of Echo Park for deep dish pizza cheesey wonderment on an old Grandma’s couch, Bestia for an incredible dinner. We’d go see the planetarium show at Griffith Observatory for the 10th time because it never gets old, and catch the sunset at the prettiest viewpoint in the city. Since my favorite jazz club, Blue Whale closed last year, I’d say that Sam First near LAX is picking up where it left off. Go see your local musicians play there! The Abbey in WeHo is my favorite place to dance.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have taken great pride in this project being a one-woman show I built myself from the ground up, but the people who helped me get here provided the foundation for HornZ to stand on. Matt Lourtie helped me get started with my first free trial of Ableton Live, over the phone. He helped me work out little kinks and things that were keeping me from progressing in those first crucial days. From then on, I felt free to create.
Later when I wanted to live stream it, I ran into so many roadblocks at one point it all seemed impossible. Michael Ryan Armstrong stepped in to troubleshoot and provide fundamental elements that helped HornZ have a chance to be seen and take off. I couldn’t have done it without him.
Andrew Mangialino has been so incredibly helpful with VFX and support. His expertise in Premiere always helps me through tough spots.
My little brother Kristian is always there to cheer me on, and I love him to pieces. Betty Brink is an incredible dancer in my banana suit (come see the show and you’ll understand lol.)
Toby Karlin recorded some of my vocals and horn and has been a wonderful friend as well!
Shannon Holt has been such an inspiring person throughout this, showing me that the project means a lot to people even all the way across the country.
I also want to thank all of my Patrons on my Patreon, who have helped me each month to accrue the things I need, including my family. And also everyone who has watched and enjoyed the project in its various forms. I couldn’t do it without you!