Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD:What type of artist are you?
HS: We cannot define our style, but release anything from rock to electronic, alternative to ambient. With other things mixed in!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HS: Hybrid Spirits are :
Nigel Rooke – Vocals, lyrics, keyboards and drum programming.
Paul Kirk – Vocals, lyrics, keyboards, guitars and drum programming.
Voodoo Jade – Vocals and lyrics
We formed in 2017 after Paul Kirk met Voodoo Jade via a collaborative project with a mutual friend. Before that, Paul and Nigel were in a band for many years called “Aus der Asche” which became known as “From the Ashes UK”. After the collaborative project, Paul and Nigel invited Voodoo Jade to join them in their music venture, and Hybrid Spirits were born!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HS: We all have different music tastes and influences. Paul likes anything from heavy metal to classical music, including Rammstein, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, The Cult, Neil Young.
Nigel loves electronic music, but also Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Gary Numan. He also loves Ska music, Goth, Rock, new wave, synthwave. He particularly relates to songs with strong emotional connections.
Voodoo Jade loves most of the music which Paul and Nigel like, with some folk and new age music thrown in for good measure! Growing up, she was a big fan of Blondie, and now she loves Evanescance, Indigo Girls and Enigma.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HS: As a band, of course we’d love to get signed! We’d love to be asked to play at a big festival. Most bands would say the same! Ideally, we’d love our fan base to grow and just for people to like what we do.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HS: Paul and Nigel both write songs. They have different writing styles. Nigel will write his own lyrics which can often have an emotional link, but not always. Paul has written a song or two, but usually passes his songs to Nigel or Voodoo Jade to add lyrics/vocals to. It depends on the style of the music, as to who ends up doing the lyrics and vocals, and whose style suits it best.
In 2018 we released our debut ambient album called “Astral Whispers”. This was electronic music written around recordings of planets in our solar system which had been recorded and released by NASA. It is a great album to relax to and helps the listener to feel like they’re exploring space. The lyrics and style reflected the solar system and space and time itself.
In 2019 we released an EP called “Fear”. It is alternative, dark, grungy, with elements of goth, rock and industrial music. The title track has proved very popular on radio stations! Subjects were dark, including war as well as the darker side of human emotions.
In 2020 we have just released an EP called “Mirage”. It has a mixture of light and dark music. It includes the dark electronic song “Rain or Shine” which we recorded and released as a charity single during lockdown, raising funds for the International Committee of the Red Cross’s emergency Covid-19 appeal : https://www.icrc.org/en/donate/covid-19-emergency-appeal
The Mirage EP includes 2 rock songs called “Mirage” and “Mysteria-Hysteria”, and a lighter song which is sung partly in French called “La Vie En Rose Et Noire”.
Rain or Shine was written to reflect feelings of hope and solidarity during the pandemic, Mirage is about a vampire, Mysteria-Hysteria is based on horror films and La Vie En Rose Et Noire is about a couple who go on a romantic trip to Paris, who get caught up in a terror attack.
As you can see, subjects and styles vary depending on the music and who is writing the lyrics!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HS: We sometimes get local press reviews, but tend to rely on social media. We are, however, using Rogue PR for the first time, to help us become more widely known, and to help us raise funds for our charity single “Rain or Shine”.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HS: As with most things, there are positives and negatives. Gone are the days when you have to pack loads of cassettes or cds to take to play in the car or listen to on holiday, so streaming is much easier for that. However, the money which bands get when their music is streamed is minimal. The good side to streaming is that people can listen to new music without risking money on a purchase if they end up not liking the music!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HS: It is a hard question to answer! Possibly….Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. It is a beautiful, emotive, well- constructed song with such an amazing guitar solo! We did think about attempting a cover version but couldn’t nail it!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HS: Not many….. at the moment it’s people breaking social distancing rules and putting others at risk!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HS: Being interviewed by presenters “Sunny and Shay” at BBC Radio West Midlands in the studio, in February 2019, about our “Astra Whispers” album and about us as a band. It was awesome!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HS: We have already recorded some new songs which will be on a future release. Again, it is a different feel to the music which we’ve already released, and would be classed as darkwave/electronic. We are still writing more music for the next EP/album so everything could change yet! We do alternate vocals between Nigel and Voodoo Jade, and the next EP will predominately be Nigel on main vocals. His voice is perfect for darker songs!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
HS: You can find our music at : https://hybridspirits.bandcamp.com/
Also on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer and Pandora amongst other streaming sites. Just search for us and our song “Fear” and you’ll find us!
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