Yevabog – Interview

Interview with Joel Hackett of Yevabog and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

JH: I just try to make music that I would like to listen to. Dark, heavy, evil, but with a little bit of redemption behind it all.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

JH: I grew up in far northern California. As a teenager in the late 90’s/early 00’s, there was a big hardcore and metalcore scene there. I played in several bands on different instruments, but never felt like I was really contributing to the songwriting or style. I later moved to Chicago and played in more of a prog/experimental band, and now I’m in Seattle, and I’m taking what I’ve learned over the years and applying it my favorite style, black metal.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

JH: Musical influences include the obvious: Emperor (and Ihsahn solo stuff), Batushka, Behemoth, Akhlys. I also really like certain aspects of bands that do big overproduced epic stuff, like Wintersun and Blind Guardian. I try to bring a touch of that over-the-top aspect to what I do, without leaning over into the slightly cheesy realm that some of those bands do. I like to write about journeys through adversity as analogies to life, both personal, and on a larger social scale. I draw a lot of influence from horror literature. The album Between Two Fires is named after a novel by Christopher Buehlman, about a pilgrimage through plague and devil infested France in the 14th Century. The album has themes of possession, social and religious evil, and even the satanic panic!


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

JH: Right now, my biggest hurdle is finding a group to play live. I hired a drummer for the album, and played everything else myself. If you’re in Seattle and want to play with Yevabog, send me a demo of your playing!


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

JH: Releasing this record! I can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve created. I have some high points of good shows in bands I’ve been with in the past, but this is a more personal accomplishment.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

JH: It’s a struggle! I’m definitely one in a crowd of a million others trying to do the same thing. I just hope that some people will connect with what I’m doing.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

JH: Looking for a band!


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

JH: Honestly, I think it’s great. The downside is that I don’t necessarily get paid every time someone wants to hear my music. The upside is that I have a global audience that can all access my songs with almost no limitation. I love looking at play statistics on Spotify, for example, and seeing all the different places that people are listening to my stuff.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

JH: I don’t really think in those terms. I’m not big on idolizing other artists. I’ve never been into playing cover songs, and apart from an occasional riff, just for the sake of practice, I don’t learn other people’s songs. I like to enjoy songs as someone else’s expression, and express myself through my own songs. Not to say I’m not a fan or influenced by other artists, just that I don’t envy their songs.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

JH:I think the incredible level of quality music being produced in bedrooms is both awesome, and super difficult. I was lucky enough to spend some time engineering at a professional studio, but lots of people are producing stuff that sounds better than what I do with no formal/professional training. That means that there’s just an absolute flood of amazing content coming out all the time. Although this can be frustrating for someone trying to gain any attention in the middle of it, I don’t think I would change it. Everyone else is working just as hard as I am on their projects.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

JH: I just wrapped up production on Between Two Fires, so I haven’t started anything new yet. I’m an electronics dabbler, so I like to try to build a new piece of gear between projects.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

JH: I have merch available at music at If you want to say hi, you can find Yevabog on Instagram/Facebook, or

Thanks, Joel Hackett

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