EMQ’s with HOOBY AND THE YABBIT
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Yorkshire based Rock/Roots/Blues/Acoustic trio Hooby And The Yabbit! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Ian Hawkins 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?
Hi, I’m Ian Hawkins from Hooby and the Yabbit; I play the guitar and sing/ write songs for Hooby. I was in a cover band but started writing my own songs, ended up building a studio to record them, then I got a band together in 2016 and we did a few gigs and festivals.
How did you come up with your band name?
Hooby and the Yabbit are two of my daughter’s childhood friends. I decided they needed an adventure so now they’re immortalised through this project.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
UK. To be fair, I can’t speak for the whole country but local to me was the Snooty Fox venue, some of your readers might know it but that’s gone now. I’ll be finding out what it’s like now soon though as I also play drums with some mates of mine, banging out Judas Priest, Sabbath, Motörhead, and the like, We’re looking to play live.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?
It’s a four track ‘taster’ EP available on CD or download through Bandcamp. We have a blues rock/ rock and roll vibe going on.
Who have been your greatest influences?
A mixed bag really. On guitar Gibbons, Hendrix, Gilmour but I love acoustic music as well hence Led Zep/Page. All the old blues guys as well. I could go on all day here. Zappa, not just because of his music, his political stance as well! We could do with him around right now I think.
What first got you into music?
I studied piano as a kid but then binned it. I then discovered the Beatles when Lennon was killed, right after that I heard the Ace of Spades and went to see the ‘Heads at Leeds. That was it; bought my first bass and 35 years later I’m still going.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Famous person would be Will.i.Am or somebody. Just to see what crazy stuff came out.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
God knows! Silverstone Classic race meeting maybe, or the Grand Prix – I’m a major petrol head by the way – or do a solo spot at WOMAD.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A pint probably, though my wife would say my children – and they are pretty weird.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Stick with us – it’s gonna be good.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Me. In about 50 years just to see if the whole shooting match has disappeared under the ocean yet – then I’m off again. Or my friend and many others Stu Page just to see his silly face again
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Things I like: Drumming, getting free drinks and stuff, and sleeping in on Monday morning. Things I Don’t Like: Drummers, having to buy my own drinks, and getting out of bed. At! All!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Move it to a different universe where money doesn’t exist, and nobody gets old.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Blackfoot – “Highway Song”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Oh man?! Vinyl and then vinyl! Also vinyl… Think I have some vinyl around that I like as well. It’s shit though because it’s so trendy now it’s really expensive to put it out on that format. I’m gonna get our next one out on wax cylinder instead.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Two gigs in Central America with a Pink Floyd tribute I used to run – 2,000 people going absolutely bonkers. When they all sang the choruses they were nearly drowning out the PA.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Fuck knows. The only other thing I’m good at is driving and getting drunk – not a good combination.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The whole crew of Red Dwarf including Holly – lagers/sneakers in fridge, the whole lot
What’s next for the band?
We’re looking for gigs in this country, Europe and a new release is due this 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?
They’re all gone, that’s what they are – if I start on them, that’s it
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Rock on, all of you, and the very best of luck! Cheers, Hooby.
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