HESSTORY

Hess Is More is a band... and more ?

Danish composer & musician Mikkel Hess functions as minister of integration.
H.I.M. is ultimately the sum of all the great artists that are and have been part of the concerts, projects, parties, films, plays, studio sessions, travels and more.

Thank you all for following our adventures in music!

Visit the "LIVE" section of this website to find out about our terrific live orchestra and what we strive to do as a group.

Below, a bit of optional time travelling...


2014
My Head is a Ballroom ?
Mikkel Hess is composing for the feature film "When Animals Dream" by Director Jonas Arnby.
.....and we are preparing new recorded music by Hess Is More!
Spring / Summer concert dates to be announced soon.

2013
Studio: NYC, working on new music.
Concerts: United States, Denmark, Turkey, Moscow and more coming up.
Collaborations: MH composed music for "Aeneaderne". Original stage play premiered at Københavns Musikteater in March.
Release of Mini Documentary "Alive Behind ?" - following our collaboration with The Royal Danish Ballet + album release.
Other artist collaborations include perfomance with Henrik Vibskov at The Kenney Center in Washington and performance with SHOPLIFTER at MoMA PS1 in New York.
Mikkel Hess & Hess Is More Ministry of Integration as "Artists in Residence" at The Clocktower Gallery in New York throughout May.

2012
Live Live Live. (We do it, so that we can do it again). 50+ concerts in 2012, including Mercury Lounge, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Highline Ballroom (New York), SXSW (Austin), Avantgarde Diaries, Jazz Distortion (Copenhagen), Babylon (Istanbul), Troyka Multispace (Moscow), Nova Festival (Sao Paulo), Montreal Jazz Festival...
3rd video for the new album is released. "Going Looking for the End of the World" concludes the Trilogy.
3 Remix EP's + Remix album over the summer. Our friends and heroes remix tracks from "Creation Keeps the Devil Away".
New single "Wheel of fortune" released for free download via soundcloud.
MH composes and produces music for Danish feature film "Alle for to" with Rasmus Bille Bahncke.

2011
New album out October 11: Creation Keeps The Devil Away?
Live shows include: New Museum Spring Gala, Spot Festival, Trailerpark Festival. Royal Theatre Copenhagen + various club dates & parties in NYC such as Union Pool, Cameo Gallery, Nublu, Ace Hotel, Bowery Electric, Soho Grand Hotel, Westway & Glasslands Gallery.
MH co-produces music for Danish feature film Out Of Bounds with composer Rasmus Bille Bahncke. The film enters the official selection at Cannes Film Festival, and wins Gold Price at Marrakech Film Festival.
Also, new Hess Is More soundtrack for Amnesty International 50th Anniversary Film.
Hess Is More collaboration the Royal Danish Ballet includes 6 shows at Skuespilhuset in Denmark with full live band.
... and a new little side project: www.hessismore.com/tribute

2010
'Hess Is More - Hits' is selected to Time Out Magazine - Top 10 - Best music of 2009.
Longtime live collaboration with Nikolaj Hess & Jenno is celebrated with release of the vinyl EP 'Democracy', MFD & Nublu Records.
New incarnation of the live band takes form: Hess Is More - ? Now a six piece band of New York based musicians, fronted by Mikkel Hess.
3 month concert residency at Nublu Club, featuring collaborations with various visual and performance artists, curated by Claire Grube, Jacob Wildschiødtz and Mikkel Hess.
Live shows also include Celebrate Beooklyn Festival and 3 outdoor shows at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

2009
MH composes music for danish feature film 'Camping' and produces score in collaboration with Rasmus Bille Bahncke.
'Hess Is More - Hits' released on Music For Dreams, and exclusively for USA & Canada, released on New York based label Nublu Records. Release supported by release of vinyl EP with remixes by The Revenge, Pete Herbert & Zombie Disco Squad.
Various live performances include show at 'Tivoli Concert Hall' in Copenhagen. The show features stage decoration by Danish art star Tal R.

2008
Release of 'Denial' on MFD - a concept album in three parts. The album also features Sylvia Gordon of the band KUDU, who starts guest performing with the live band in New York City. Touring include two shows at the brand new playhouse of The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.
MH moves to New York and establishes studio in NOHO together with producer and composer Rasmus Bille Bahncke & Creative Director Jacob Wildschiødtz / NR2154.

2007:
Performance and recording at Wood Wood store in Copenhagen, released as 'Hess Is More - Live at Wood Wood'.
Album includes the single "Would would you like to disco" - also released in different version on EP vinyl.
Summer tour include 7 gigs in New York, with performance at The Museum of Natural History, Nublu and more.
New York based 'Missing Pieces' produce feature video on Hess Is More for Coolhunting, and EP 'The sound of tennis' is released on MFD.
First version of "Hess Vibskov Tromme Fredag" (Drum Friday) hits the road. "Pack the van with drums and take it to the people".

2006
'Hess Is More - Captain Europe' released on Music For Dreams. The album introduces Vietnamese / Norwegian vocalist Bang Chau on the duet 'Yes Boss' - The first track to get heavy airplay and broader international attention through various compilations.
Also, EP vinyl released with various versions.
MH writes music for 'Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are dead' at Aveny Theatre in Copenhagen. Album of same name is released on Music For Dreams as soundtrack for the play.
Hess Is More Live play various shows abroad, including first shows in New York City at Monkeytown & Nublu.

2005
First international release on MFD is 'Hess Is More - Tip Top Dynamo', a revised edition of 'The Soundtrack'.
Tip Top Dynamo recieved a Danish Music Award Jazz (Danish Grammy) as Best new name 2006
New live band takes form with brother Nikolaj Hess and longtime collaborator Jenno.
First big show at Roskilde Festival with special guest performance by Charlotte Munck and the large format crew 'Ultraktement'.
MH writes music for the play 'The Europeans' at The Royal Theatre, and performs the shows along with Jenno.

2004: First touring in DK with small formats 'Hess Is More - DIY' and 'Hess Is More - bring your parents tour'.
These performance include audience participation, as MH hands out instruments to everyone in the crowd, and conducts the collective play along.
MH signs with Music For Dreams - an independent label formed by DJ Kenneth Bager.

2003
MH composes, produces and performs music for 'Wind in the willows' at the old stage of 'The Royal Theatre' in Copenhagen. Stage appearance is build around a custom made "high tech barrel organ".
First album 'Hess Is More - The Soundtrack' is presented as soundtrack for the play - released by Boinkbox, a creative collective. The release is supported by Copenhagen based Superstar Records.

2002
MH get's his hands on laptop and sound interface - decides to spends 3 month in Rio de Janeiro. During this stay MH works on a bunch of music that lead to the incarnation of 'Hess Is More' as a musical project - a phrase originally invented by Mikkel's mum.
In the summer MH graduates as soloist after 5 years of studies at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen. The legendary drummer Ed Thigpen having been a great influence, through 3 years as MH's main professor.
Graduation concert catches great deal of attention with a large orchestra of unusual instrumentation conducted by Mikkel's brother Nikolaj. Performance titled "Hess Is More".
Movies and various performance elements are also a part of the show, further hinting the stretch "less is more / too much is not enough"

1976-2001
MH grows up in Denmark, plays drums from early age, and starts to pick up other instruments along the way. MH tours and records with various artists. Main interest is in Jazz music, yet visits are paid to other genres.
Through collaborations with the Danish Film School and bands Povo, Luke & Listen Up, MH explores film scoring, studio production and song writing.