Monday, 24 February 2014

Hate Notes Q&A

Band name:
Hate Notes.

Where are you from?
East Inner London, England.

Who is in your band?
Kevin Deans & Ben Davies.

How would you describe yourselves?
Crunching indie electro.

Who are your main influences musically?
Basically a bit of a collision of indie and electro acts, among them: New Order, Loom, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, Girls Names, DZ Deathrays, McLusky, Echo & The Bunnymen, Associates, Killing Joke, Toy, Can, Boards of Canada, DOLL, Tiga, Modey Lemon, Pixies, Ultraista, Child of Lov, CSS, Television, Plastikman, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, Depeche Mode, That Petrol Emotion, Flying Lotus, Plaid, Death From Above 1979, Shit Robot, Death in Vegas, Kraftwerk.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Our mission statement: “To deliver an electro indie number one to over 1 million fans”. Of course, any chart placing and a reasonable fraction of a million happy fans would make us glad…

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Our kaleidoscopic first 18 months of gigging has had a few highlights, among them:
  • supporting The Horrors DJ Set at their afterparty at The Jamm in Brixton
  • headlining the "Shoreditch Showcase" at Luxe in Spitalfields (owned by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd).
  • releasing 3 singles in 2013. All are available on iTunes, Googleplay, Amazon & Spotify among other outlets.
  • currently we are  enjoying some airplay on independent and internet based radio broadcasts.

Although, a real stand out night was when a crowd of people came in off the street to see us play one night, having heard us form outside and liking the vibe. They introduced themselves after the set, we ended up pushing our guitar amp down a street in a shopping trolley to go partying with them and managed to sell one of them a Hate Notes T-Shirt that I (Kevin) had been wearing (for £5 – a loss, they cost more to make… ).

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We had a laptop crash at one of our early gigs which took a few minutes to reboot and kind of lost the momentum we had built up during the set. That, or being heckled by some five-year-olds when we were filming a video in a park.  

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
“Elizabeth” – it has quite a marriage of indie and electro elements coupled with rather dark lyrics.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
Some of our web and social media links:

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
2014 will bring more Hate Notes “poison pen” madness to the world.. 

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