Music is a powerful catalyst for memories. Listening to a song can take you back to your first day of high school, laugh with your friends and family over the holidays, and many other treasured moments from our past.
For Vancouver-based musical artist Louis Hahlweg, who performs as Hahlweg, music forms many of his oldest and fondest memories.
“Growing up, some of my earliest memories are of listening to music with my family,” Hahlweg said in an interview with Daily Hive. “I have a lot of memories and nostalgia around the music they shared with me, beyond that kind of classic dad rock sound.
“My parents’ open-minded approach to creativity and music inspired much of my love for the same, and I feel very lucky for those experiences.”
Hahlweg has been writing, producing and composing “moody, emotionally driven cinematic-electronic music” for over a decade. His latest release is Nostalgia reinventeda cover EP on Seeking Blue Records that started as a desire to reconnect with songs from his past that evolved into something more.
“I wanted to fall back in love with songs from my past that were associated with simpler times, heartfelt memories and nostalgia,” Hahlweg said. “It became a project to explore and honor my upbringing, my childhood, and the songs that defined my love for music.”
Creation of the Hahlweg Nostalgia reinvented was created in collaboration with friends and other BC artists: On Planets from Vancouver, Ciele from Gibsons, Nicky Mackenzie from Salt Spring Island and Wayfie from Vancouver.
For the EP, Hahlweg covered “Walking with a Ghost” by Tegan and Sara, with vocals by Ciele, “Make this Go on Forever” by Snow Patrol, and “Disarm” by Smashing Pumpkins featuring On Planets. Nicky Mackenzie joins Hahlweg for a version of “Do I Wanna Know,” and Wayfie is featured on a cover of Blue Foundation’s “Eyes on Fire.”
“The talent in British Columbia is incredible, I consider myself very lucky to live and work here,” said Hahlweg. “I think everyone working on this project was simply inspired by a desire to fall back in love with those nostalgic memories and pay homage to the original artists in an honest way in their own unique style.
“I really love being in the same space as other artists, bonding through our love for music and our experiences. I live for those moments of being in a room with people you love and admire, and realize that something special is being created.
Hahlweg hopes people will be inspired to revisit their nostalgic favorite songs by listening to the EP covers.
“There’s no better feeling than hearing a song you haven’t heard in ages that floods your mind and body with goosebumps! I hope people get the opportunity to hear it
“Music is and always has been a way for me to heal and process my experiences, and I believe for many people in my life it does the same.”