Imagine the depth of Pink Floyd, mixed with the visceral authenticity of Jimi Hendrix and the groovy charisma of Quincy Jones and maybe you can get close to understanding the vision and formula that is found at the heart of Hybrid Blues’ music, a genre that can only be described as… “Hybrid Blues”
[Blaster] Hi, thanks for your time! How did the band come together?
HYBRID BLUES: Kia-ora (Hello) Very long story, but eventually some of our regions top muso’s got word of mouth I was getting together a band worthy of being signed and through 2 years of unfortunate departures HB believe we’ve got what it takes and have done so with SGNB Records, Denver, USA.
[Blaster] Describe the band or the band’s music in one sentence?
HYBRID BLUES: hybrid meaning; a thing made by combining two different elements….and in our case Blues plus what ever we decide to throw in.
[Blaster] As a band, is there one person who is the leader (so to speak) or do you work and write together tossing ideas around? How do you stay focused as a band and to avoid common band disagreements in all facets, including writing, recording and making the decisions?
HYBRID BLUES: Mainly our singer/song writer Roy Hudson however as in the past with his UK bands KORU (Metal) & Loose Moorings (Blues/Blues Rock) Roy encourages as much input as possible from all band members who have done so.
[Blaster] Do you collectively have a favorite album?
HYBRID BLUES: Every Album brings forward new/fresh ideas so does every new song becomes our new favorite and like songs/album’s we learn from what’s become more appealing to our audiences therefore give’s us more idea’s, if anything, on how to improve on our next song Album. However our latest self-titled album seems to have appealed to a very wide range of audiences genres to which we are very proud of.
[Blaster] Is there any hidden meaning in your music?
HYBRID BLUES: Not unless you’ve already sussed out the guitar recorded after the solo in English Lady is actually the same solo but backwards, then no, no spooky stuff. But in all sincerity we hope like we have personally taken form all our favorite artists/bands today and in the past, we hope our listeners can take something from our songs and make it theirs as well.
[Blaster] For upcoming bands, can you tell us what the secret is of keeping a band together for so long?
HYBRID BLUES: Keep true to yourself, your music but also especially to your audience. Don’t do it because you want to become famous, do it because you love doing it, that way you are more likely to make dreams come true.
[Blaster] Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
HYBRID BLUES: Life, People and Music.
[Blaster] Any plans for new music? When can we expect a new album or EP?
HYBRID BLUES: Heading back to the studio Feb 2021.
[Blaster] Where can people see you perform next? Do you have a 2020 tour scheduled yet?
HYBRID BLUES: Check out https://www.facebook.com/hybridblues updates continually SURF’S UP Tour North Island, New Zealand to be announced soon.
[Blaster] Tell us about your latest song. Was it specifically inspired by anything or anyone? Where was it recorded??
HYBRID BLUES: Little Boat totally fictional about some dope grower from Raglan (New Zealand) that finally decides it’s time to run……but fun to write and especially loved by audiences
[Blaster] What is one musical goal that you have had for this year?
HYBRID BLUES: New Album and continual push for performing at Byron Bay Blues Festival, Australia, 2021/22
[Blaster] Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group?
HYBRID BLUES: Thought about the name a lot, but as the conversation of everything going hybrid (Car Wise) I (Roy) kinda thought that suit’s the style of our music as well so Hybrid Blues was born.
[Blaster] Do you all hang out socially apart from the music? When you aren’t working on music, do you guys hang out for fun?
HYBRID BLUES: We do our best but are mostly involved with our own Whanau’s (New Zealand Maori word for family) so tend to stick to routine weekly practises which normally turn’s into a good chinwag and few beers as well.
[Blaster] Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
HYBRID BLUES: We love both but mostly take confidence we are doing well when someone has told us they have taken and/or have enjoyed something from our creations. It’s what music/bands/writers have always done and still doing for us, so that kinda satisfaction priceless.
[Blaster] What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs??
HYBRID BLUES: Kia kaha (Maori word for ‘Stand Strong’) in what ever you do and/or especially believe in. As long as it’s not hurting or killing anyone “It’s all good!!!”
[Blaster] Are there any funny stories that happened to you while traveling together, that you want to share with our readers?
HYBRID BLUES: I’m (Roy) have a habit of changing the set-list unannounced on stage (According to the response of the audience at that time of the performance) so sound-guy’s tend to have the tendency to throwing their set-list/lighting guides at me as a humorous gester of “Oh here we bloody go Again!!”
[Blaster] Would you like to give any message to your fans?
HYBRID BLUES: We have a personal hands on approach to our Facebook page so please don’t be afraid to ask us any questions about our songs etc. Even if you have taken offence to anything we’ve produced we’d like to hear from you as in a lot of songs we all know, what we think it’s written about, isn’t always what we think. Kia Kaha (Stand Strong)