EMQ’s with HELL & HOLLAR
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with South Florida Stoner Rock band Hell & Hollar! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Blake Burns for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Blake and I am the lead singer and guitarist in H&H. I started H&H with my good friend Jean about 6 years ago. I met our bass player Johnny when I was buying a pedal at Guitar Center and we exchanged numbers and he came to check out what we were doing. We played shows for about a year just the 3 of us. Then Jean had to move for a job. Johnny and I pressed on and asked our friend Nate to play drums with us. He fit the band perfectly. After we went to Nashville to record the EP together, we wanted to add a second guitar player to thicken it up and someone to share the leads. So we brought in our good friend Ian Pattison and he has been a wonderful addition. Now we have a video out and our Why The Hell Not Summer Tour coming up.
How did you come up with your band name?
My friend Jean heard it in a Hank III song and it just stuck.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are in the United States. It really depends on the city you live in, in the US. The scene is huge in some places and smaller in others. Where we are based in South Florida there is a tight knit scene. But most of the venues here jump on the cover acts because it is so tourist based here and they just want their fruity drink by the water with someone playing acoustic cover for the most part. Oh and reggae is huge here too. So for us we try to get out and play out of town.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Well our EP “442” has been out for a bit now and we just released the video for the single ‘Showdown’ which is getting a great response.
Who have been your greatest influences?
QOTSA, Clutch, Frank Black and The Catholics, Iggy Pop.
What first got you into music?
I have been into music ever since I can remember. I have been playing guitar since I was about 10 or so.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wow that’s a tough one because there are so many amazing ones, but probably Glastonbury. It’s so big and so many people.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever been given a gift from a fan.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you so much for listening and we hope to keep your interest peaked for a long time to come!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That’s another tough one. There are so many I would want to bring back. I guess I will say Dimebag Darrell. He didn’t deserve what happened to him. Not that anyone does. But that was so tragic.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love all of it. I love the family we have put together as a band. I love writing and recording as well as performing. It’s all great. I really don’t think there is anything I hate, maybe the unfairness with the streaming world. That’s probably the one thing I hate. Too many musicians don’t get paid enough.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
How much money goes to the artist! Oh and the 360 deal needs to up and disappear. That’s just not right.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Another tough one! Maybe “Dog In The Sand” by Frank Black and The Catholics.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl. There is just something about a great record played through a nice table and system.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Probably playing Sun Fest in Palm Beach Florida! But we are about to hit the road soon. So who knows? That might be replaced soon.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I don’t know. I have tried other things and this is the only thing that has every really clicked for me I guess.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My mother, father, band mates! I believe that makes 5. But yeah, quality time with those close to you is important.
What’s next for the band?
We are about to hit the road for our ‘Why The Hell Not’ Summer Tour soon. We will be in Johnson City TN at The Hideaway June 26th, Milwaukee WI at Summerfest June 28th, The Depot Brewery in Fairfield IA on June 29th, The Pour House in Raleigh NC on July 2nd, Mountain Freedom Festival in Andrews NC July 3rd, Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta GA July 4th and Mathews Brewing Company in Lake Worth FL on August 30th. We also have some stuff in the works that we can’t announce just yet. But we are also continuing work on a new record to be released sometime next year.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I honestly have never had one. From the looks of this debate I think I will stay out of this one. Hahahaha!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for having me and featuring Hell & Hollar. We look forward to the next one. Cheers!
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