Heavy Hands – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
HH: We are a four piece rock band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HH: This started out as a project between Dan on drums and Sean on guitar. Wrote a couple riffs/songs and then found Aaron on vocals. We added Jeremy on bass shortly after.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HH: Queens of the Stone Age may be our collective favorite band. We’ve all got our own interests and influences, but they definitely seem to converge around desert and fuzz rock.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HH: Keep making music and hope people like it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HH: Generally, Sean or sometimes Jeremy, comes up with a riff that they bring to the rest of the band. Dan joins the mix, adds rhythm, and helps drive the energy-building in the song as the parts and structure get a little more solidified. As Aaron develops the lyrics, the structure of the song might evolve a little more (let’s play two verses before this chorus, or whatever) and soon enough we start to hone in on a “final version”of the song, so to speak.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HH: Instagram, Facebook, word of mouth, the usual stuff. We also try to create bills with bands we like which has the benefit of cross-promoting and know it’s going to be a good show.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HH: It’s shaped who we are for sure. For better or worse, it’s lowered the barrier to entry and allowed us to reach people faster. We have a very DIY approach when it comes to creating our content. Our recordings are done completely by ourselves, with our own equipment, and mixed in house. We have total artistic control and can upload whenever we want. That’s just the world we live in and we try to use it to our advantage. Now that isn’t to say everything is just peachy.
It seems impossible to make a living off your music by having people download or stream it unless you’re already successful. It’s important to support the artists who create music you enjoy in some way. If you can get your hands on their music for free and end up really liking it, see them live, buy their merch. Or just buy the album in the first place… either way, it’s important to do something. We’re incredibly thankful to have reached people that are willing to go above and beyond with their support.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HH: “No One Knows” by Queens of the Stone Age.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HH: When a band refuses to backline equipment and then takes forever setting up :p
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HH: That’s a tough one. Moment wise it could be some of the random things we’ve read about our music from total strangers or any time people go off at our shows. Last spring we opened for Daddy Long Legs at City Winery . We got our own green room, a full hour to sound check and a free meal. We felt like a big deal that night for sure 🙂
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HH: Right now we’re trying to follow best social distancing practices… but after that we’ve got a few new songs that are at various stages and a cover that we’re working on. The plan is to have a lot of new content to play for everyone after quarantine.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
HH: Our latest release and all our older stuff can be found on bandcamp. Our newest EP “Through the Night” is available on all streaming platforms.
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