To understand what an incredible feat it is for someone like Hoger to pursue a career within music we must go back in time… to a period when Hoger was a young boy that could not speak yet he could sing. He sang and danced on tabletops to the delight of his parents and the rest of the family who didn’t think much of it. He was a cute kid, a born entertainer, but no one ever expected him to do anything with his talent. In fact no one would allow it.
When Hoger took his first steps towards becoming an artist he was faced with heavy resistance from his parents and extended family. It was unheard of that Hoger, who came from a strict Middle Eastern family, would be allowed to follow that path. Music was just a hobby, not a career. Hoger’s own father had been forced by his parents to give up his dreams of pursuing arts as a young man and believed his son would be better off following in the same footsteps. Now with his family’s unconditional love and support, he is putting in 110% and encourages everyone to do the same. Hoger’s dream was terribly out of reach, yet he continued to hone his skills, teaching himself to write and record music in his bedroom and passing this onto his little sister. Hoger’s perseverance amid his family’s reservations and the industry’s demands demonstrates his strong passion for music. Giving up is not an option.
His music deals with universal themes such as love and pain, self-doubt and inner battles, where his honest emotions are expressed alongside melancholic pop melodies. Every song is written in the shape of a story with a corresponding video shot in the form of a short movie.
Hoger’s latest release “Same Mistakes” is about falling in love with a toxic person or being stuck in a toxic relationship where you somehow were lucky enough to finally find a way out, however for some reason, you keep going back and making the same mistakes. Hoger confides, “You tell yourself that you will never ever go down that route once more, because you don’t ever want to feel like that again. However, life doesn’t work in a stable and logical way that would make sense and you somehow fall for the same person again OR for someone similar. For some weird reason you love this person and that’s the beauty in the pain; you love and accept the way it breaks you up in pieces.”
Sonically “Same Mistakes” results in an atmospheric release, built upon raw, resonating guitars, bold, anthemic percussion and velvet vocals bleeding with emotion.
To this date, Hoger has worked as a songwriter with artists such as Yellow Claw, Cher Lloyd, Naaz and many more. In 2018, together with Sony ATV, he founded his own publishing company called Red Papula where he supports and develops songwriters/producers. In 2019, Hoger started releasing his own music and has since garnered more than 500,000 streams on Spotify alone.