Interviews: Hubba Hubba

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band Hubba Hubba from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

"Hubba Hubba" is an older expression for when you find someone attractive. It is a throwback to our childhoods and the times we grew up in, it is a throwback to the innocence of when the attraction first started to develop, and it is fun as hell to say. We were originally batting a few different ideas - "Rafiki Said" was one of our top contenders. In the Lion King, the character Rafiki states, "It is time." And we felt like that spoke volumes to what we were diving into in the beginning. Hubba Hubba just felt right.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Feel-good music, whether it be funk or blues, dance or pop, soul or RnB, rock, whatever have you, is the core of our very being - each one of us. Our collective and individual missions have always been to help give back to the universe the same love and joy and escape that music has given us in our lives. The first record had a lot more angst than we set out for but became this therapeutic piece that spoke volumes to our personal endeavors at the time. It also helped us to relieve ourselves, purge ourselves of any bitterness or negativity, in turn allowing us to get to the place we are writing from now. This new place is love, love, love, dance, dance, dance, wake up and get busy. It is quite different moving forward. At least for the next project.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

Stefan, Aaron, and Cain are brothers. Cain met David in 2011 through the local singer/songwriter/garage-party/all- nigh-jam scene. Stefan and David met at the local jam through mutual friends. Aaron and David met at a local jam as well. Sean (our designated sound tech, gear man, researcher, serenity guru, and Haus member) came out of nowhere. We're still trying to figure it out. Not really. We met Sean through Aaron, who went to high school and college together.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Cain: Band?- Hanson. They are three of the most brilliant and thoughtful songwriter's music have ever seen. "The Walk" changed my life. Solo Artist? - I gotta mention the Goddess - Lady Gaga of course. It is deep and it is real and is probably going to cost me a lot in therapy one day. Also, I feel like it would be blasphemous not to mention I am living my best life with Billie Eilish right now. What a badass.           

David: I don't really have a favorite band. At the moment I would say too many.       

Stefan: Chromeo. They are amazing.                         

Aaron: Coheed and Cambria. I just think they are geniuses.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Life. Experiences we have lived individually or collectively. The way they played out, the ways we wish they would have played out. Sex. Greed. Domestic abuse. Immigration. Escaping the mundane. Freedom to believe in and stand behind your own sense of self. Sometimes it is complete fantasy and we really take it there. There's a song on the new project, without giving too much away, that references a hitchhiker peddling sexual favors to passerby extraterrestrials. We have had a lot to say over the years and we have even more with what is coming!

6. Where was your last gig?

We just finished a back to back 4hr Friday/4hr Saturday night run at a local spot called the Squire Lounge. 4 hours is a long time to be pushing what we do up there, but we absolutely love it and are so grateful to have a community who can enjoy us for that long!

7. Where would you like to perform?

I think our hearts are set on the festival market at this moment in time. Gearing up for everything and getting all our ducks in a row for this sophomore release, which again is a new sound or us, we really feel like we would do well in the festival settings. We love mingling with other artists and creatives! We thoroughly enjoy the experiences that festivals can provide and the sense of community and togetherness you don't find in other markets. We played SXSW on the last day of the festival this last spring and it was mind-blowing! Definitely unlike any other festival any of us have ever attended, but what a ride! Red Rocks would be a dream. The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. The Whiskey. 

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

Chromeo. Tank and the Bangas. Umphrey’s McGee. Vulfpeck. Anderson Paak. Thundercat. Ghost Note. Snarky Puppy.

9. Whom not?

Come one, come all!! We love to play at any given opportunity.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Absolutely! When we were in route to Austin and until about the third song into our set, Cain felt like he could pass out at any given moment. It happens every time we play, but that one was intense. It always melts away in a matter of minutes. The music gets going and you kind of drift into your own haze. A world that is just for you and all is possible. If you can surrender yourself to your instincts and trust in your rehearsed skill set and knowledge of your work, it is impossible not to go there.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Cain: I think, as a songwriter, the bands that have influenced me the most would be anybody from Brooks & Dunn to Hanson, from Queen to the Jackson 5. As a performer, Queen, Kiss, (moving into solo artists) Janet and Michael Jackson, Britney, Lady Gaga.

Stefan: Kiss, Dream Theatre, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

David: Metallica, The Funk Brothers, Alice In Chains, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

Aaron: Coheed and Cambria, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Talking Heads. Metallica. All of them are just incredible performers.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

A girl once asked if she could lick Stefan's armpit. At least she asked. The same girl ended up buying the sweaty shirt he wore while playing. One time, a girl asked Aaron if he was Latino because she was an “ex-Latino addict.” (Not anymore I guess.) She kept twirling her fingers in his hair and whispering down his neck.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They are everything. The people who have supported us all this time mean the world!! Getting to see people physically step outside their own discomfort in the crowd and melt into a new sense of self where they can let go is the biggest reward for us individually and as a group. 

14. What do you think of our site?

We love it!! The layout is badass and it's easy to navigate. Tons of info on some really kick ass bands and how to get more of them! 15. Something to add? - Just that we are grateful for this opportunity! To be able to make music and have the platform to share it with others is beyond humbling. We appreciate every little bit of time spent!

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