Houghton Fest

Houghton Fest


Meet James, a music lover from the UK.
“I’ve recently graduated from university and I’m looking to make a career in the music industry. I’m currently in Hong Kong interning for an events company called Magnetic Asia. We recently hosted the Hong Kong edition of Sónar Festival, which was amazing!


What is the soundtrack to your life?

As a kid I was influenced a lot by what I heard playing in my house, which was mainly Green Day, Foo Fighters, and U2. Then throughout high school I listened to a lot of indie music (bands like Little Comets, Foals, Local Natives) before discovering electronic music when I was about 17, in particular house and techno. Disclosure were the gateway into this genre for me but I’m currently into stuff by the likes of Harrison BDP, Folamour, Fort Romeau, and DJ Boring. Nowadays, I listen to a wide variety of music, old and new. This is partly thanks to the ease of discovering new music through Spotify. I love how it’s made the catalogues of legacy artists, for example, more easily accessible to the younger generations.

What is the most annoying song in the world?

Baby Shark

What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?

I would say music. I love the way that sounds, more so than lyrics, can change my mood, or instantly evoke memories of experiences I’ve had when listening to a particular song.

Favourite artist?

Tame Impala, hands down. I’m flying to Dublin to see them live for the first time in June and I cannot wait!

If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)

Liam Gallagher!

Last concert?

The last concert I went to as a punter was to see a British band called JAWS, but I’ve been lucky enough to work at concerts for Gwen Stefani and Higher Brothers whilst here in Hong Kong.