The Hazytones Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TH: For a start I think that’s really a tough question. Nowadays I’m sure what’s makes you an artist. I certainly never was the guy to proclaimed myself as so. I think true artists are people who are able to inspire other people trough their art.
Me I like to write songs and perform live, which are too very different art form. The key to what I do is I’m trying to stay orginal and true to myself in my songwrting.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TH: I’d rather talk about the band, The Hazytones started 3 years ago, listening to stoner rock and wanting to form a band with that type of sound. We we’re lucky our bass player at the time owned a good studio called, Reel Road Studio, so we recorded our first album pretty fast. We release it ourselves and it caught the attention of some labels. We are really excited to bring you our second TH: album called The Hazytones II: Monarchs of Oblivion
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
For the Hazytones in particular you can name all the stoner classics, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Kyuss, Sabbath, Sleep! But everyone in the band, Me, Adam and Victor have different influences that they bring to the band. We all listen to so much music, including all classic and 90’s rock, blues, rap, funk.
For non-musical influences, some things that are on the radio today and to me really non-influential to me. I find in commercial rock radio stations If you want to have a rotation, you have to sound exatly like a rommercial rock band sounds like. It’s unfortunate there is so much good music out there that sounds like nothing else.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TH: I just hope to connect with people through the Hazytones music. And to me success is if we can reach more people every time we release an album or new content. The music industry is a bit harder nowadays and I hope one day we tour and we come back with a bit more money back home. Touring is a big investment. As a matter of fact we’re going to be back in Europe October 5th, for 26 shows starting in Paris.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TH: The songs all have different subjects of course. I, Mick Martel, I write the songs with the help of my band mates. I write songs music first and then I will write the lyrics. The important thing is to have a groove. It’s also really important for us to keep the music original. Then the lyric,s well for the second album I was really trying to write dark themed stories. The title track of the album called TH: Monarchs of Oblivion is the closer we’ve gotten to a concept song
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TH: We have to self promote, it’s really important and we do it with the help of our Label Ripple Music .
We have PR teams working for us and the truth is, I’m always writing emails.
Facebook and instagram and good tool, even though I wish we could go back in time! I see myself sending cds and letters in the mail.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TH: Sometimes it makes me wonder, you see bands with 500 000 listens of a song and you think, if all these poeple had bought their cd’s the band would be making more money to invest in tour s and such.! Spotify and youtube are now always dropping the % they will give to bands and times have changed! The only plus side is now more people can make their music be heard.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TH: I don’t wish to have written any songs, to me that sounds like magical thinking. You need to prove what you are worth of.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TH: Money, always need more to go further in this business
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TH: When the first album came out, it got a good reception online and we really didn’t expect that. It was the first form of success for me and the band and that was pretty cool. We all we’re in bands before but we never had international success. This success leaded us to do a lot of tours and I’m really proud of that.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TH: Well since we just finished recording our album and it’s coming out in 2 weeks, plus we’re going to be in Europe right after the release, I can tell you that we’re not working on anything. Although I work very hard to promote the upcoming release. It’s a full time job.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
TH: Our next show is our album launch, in Montreal at l’Escogriffe on October 3rd with Ripple Music band Castle! But Europe if you miss this one, there’s good chances that we’ll see you soon!
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