Hooby and the Yabbit is a rock band with a bluesy twist that flirts with classic rock. They even have a singer-song writer vibe at times. And to quote their Bandcamp page: the band has an “Electro Blues Acoustic(ish) Hobo Rock [feel]…designed for late nite listening”. Naturally, this quote describes the band perfectly.

The driving force behind the band is Ian Hawkins, who has bounced around the music scene for years. Hooby and the Yabbit is just his latest project in a long line of bands. The band can be found on Youtube, Bandcamp and most major music outlets. They can also be located on their website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

  • What are your biggest musical influences?

Hi, I have always loved a wide variety of stuff as child in the 70 s I loved the Police, Bryan Ferry, The Sex Pistols, Boz Scaggs, ELO and all sorts of other stuff

Later I was a massive Beatles fan-aged 14-then I discovered Motorhead which just blew me away-went to see them and that was it-I didn’t want to do anything else with my life but music, Frank Zappa/Hendrix…I’ll stop now shall I

 

  • Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?

Some of the previous answer maybe, but also, I’ve always liked instrumental and orchestral music. I took my daughter to see the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra recently-Beethoven, Rachmaninov and such, but the most interesting stuff was by composers I’d never heard of!

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  • What’s next for the band?

I’m going to be doing some Solo shows just me and my acoustic guitar, hopefully hit a few festivals this summer, and meantime I am working on the next release.

 

  • How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?

Yeah, no, maybe would be my short answer! Well obviously, it’s easier to release something-trouble is, does anyone know you have released it! In the old days if you had no record deal you would just stick your recordings on a cassette and do a little run….the fact you potentially have an international audience on line is exciting of course, But I think a negative aspect is there’s so much stuff out there it’s easier to dismiss it kind of-easy come easy go kinda thing. And the streaming royalties are a joke.

 

  • Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?

Great question-there’s a Political aspect to the Lyrics on Movietown….hmmmm

 

  • Can you describe your sound?

It’s been described to me as British R and B mixed with southern boogie rock

  • What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?

A lot of guitarists, Davey Graham, Bert Jansch and such, also a shit load of Queen thanks to my son. On a recent tour of Europe, I acquired a bit of a Rammstein habbit [sic] as well but I’m alright now!

 

  • What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?

Like I said-first the Beatles, they gave me the music-then Motorhead gave me the attitude-that and avoiding a full time job.

 

  • How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?

I guess this is really a solo project, though I do consult around the family if I get stuck-lot of English degrees in my house hold!

 

  • If you had topick just one, which album would be your favourite?

I suppose the next one I haven’t heard yet would be the clever answer, but the one that sticks with me is Revolver by the Beatles

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  • Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?

As a support act? I dunno-Robbie Williams or something-he’s always looked like a bit of a laugh-or the Foo Fighters

 

  • What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?

I suppose that ties in with the streaming question a bit….in the ole days you would put out a single or 2 maybe before recording an album-test the water kinda thing…is it any different now?

There’s definitely an album audience still out there-particularly amongst the younger music fans, here and abroad. My thoughts are-depends what stage of your career you’re at-easier to promote one track that’s for sure-and what you are looking to gain from the release. I think folk should do what works for them-I’ve done an EP because this particular body of work fits well together you know?

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