Habu – Interview
Interview with Alex Body (Voc/Bass/Keys) of Habu and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AB: Habu are a Progressive Hard Rock band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AB: We formed in 2012 out of the ashes of a couple of other bands. The aim of the band was to make exactly the music we wanted to make with no compromises, and three albums in we’ve succeeded in our aim.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AB: It’s obvious to most people that hear us we’re all big Rush fans but we love a wide range of music from ABBA to Mayhem and quite a bit in between. Our biggest influences are probably Rush, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Blue Oyster Cult.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AB: The other night I dreamt I was attacked by a small house cat. My goal is not to be attacked by a small house cat.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AB: We collaborate entirely on the music. We might each bring an idea or two to rehearsal which we’ll meld together and adapt. Over time we totally forget who wrote which section – they really are genuine collaborations. I write the lyrics and they are about a wide range of things. On the new album there’s a couple of lyrics I was really proud of – ‘Operation Paperclip’ is about the project of the same name at the end of the second world war where the American Government tried to find, capture and recruit Nazi scientists. It’s historical, but I hope it also raises some interesting questions about morality and redemption.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AB: Most things are digital nowadays but we do still make flyers and posters, as well as having a mailing list. Anybody that wants more information can visit our website at www.habu-band.com or search Habu on Facebook.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AB: I think its a fair way to try a band out to see if you like them – but its right to buy the music if you decide you like it enough to listen again. I’m old fashioned and love the album as a way of listening to music, but times are changing.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
AB: It’s tough for everyone. The business model has changed drastically even from when we started as a band. The only success you can guarantee is having integrity as musicians and writing music that you’re proud of.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AB: Whether I wrote a song or not doesn’t change how good the song is, and really having written a song it’s almost like you’ve seen behind the curtain – maybe some of the magic is gone. So on that basis, how about White Christmas by Bing Crosby – it’s the best selling song ever.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AB: People talking loudly at gigs.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AB: I don’t think there’s been a single moment that you can pin down, but i’m proud that eight years and three albums in we’ve never written anything that we don’t all love. We’re a niche band, but that’s because we’re totally uncompromising in playing the music that we want to play.
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