Sister Hazel Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Sister Hazel Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

How has 2018 for been for you? What were the highlights? Being able to
release two records in a year and recording a third one.

Please tell us about the songs on your new EP, Wind (influences, etc). I think a
lot of the songs off Water and Wind go back to our acoustic roots from
Somewhere More Familiar. The song writer coming in with a solid idea and the
band and producer trying to best suit the needs of that song.  

 

What were the writing and music
differences between Water and Wind?
 On Wind we were able to work with our good friend Ben Jackson.
Ben co-produced the record with us and is also working on the next
record.  On Water we produced the record ourselves, so it was nice to have
someone in the studio to bounce ideas off and give some direction.

 

How much creative control do you have
over your music? 
We have
complete creative control over our music.  It was one of the
driving forces why we left Universal Records in the early 2000’s. We are
able to record whatever songs we like and release them on our own
time frame.  

What do you think about today’s music
industry?
 I think it is a lot
tougher for a new artist or band to begin a career these days. Small live music
venues supporting live music are not as popular, which makes it more
difficult to build a fan base through touring. Your music is
more accessible to the public through streaming sites, but at the same
time you are not making the income from music sales as you did in the
past.  We were able to build a large East Coast fan base prior
to getting signed because many college towns and other cities promoted and
supported live music from unsigned artists. This opportunity is not as prominent
today for new up-and-coming artists.

As an artist, you so many tasks such as
recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite
activity?
 I think recording is
the most enjoyable piece in being in an original band.  You are able to
create something as individual and a band that will last forever. As a
musician and artist you can put your signature and stamp on a song and record
that people will get to hear over and over.  

Is there any place you haven’t played
that you would like to?
 I think
touring Europe has always been something that we wished we could do.

 

When you’re on tour, do you have time to
play tourist?
 I think when we
first started touring across the country we were all tourists as some point.
We were going to so many new places and we had the opportunity to see
some amazing sites. As we are now 20 plus years in our career we get to do the
same things with our kids.

Will the band come to Europe to perform
anytime soon?
 Hopefully this
will happen one day.

Anything else you want to share? We are excited to release all four EP’s of
the Element project by the end of 2019.

 photo credit- Dave Schlenker

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