Interviews: Woodhawk


In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band Woodhawk from Canada. 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?

Our name kind of just fell into our lap. Myself and Mike are involved in the craft beer/ brewing scene here in Canada and we wanted something didn’t have a ‘stoner’ feel. So no weed references or anything. And being that one of our favourite breweries, Wychwood out of U.K., we wanted it to have the same type of one word feel. Witch is too commonly used now a days, so we through that ended up with Woodhawk.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We all grew up listening to older 70’s bands. It’s what our parents listened to. So through the modernization, it just felt like the most natural thing to play. We’ve all played in punk and hardcord bands growing up, but they were short lived and rock was more our bread and butter.

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

Mike and I have known each other since elementary school. Mike taught me to play guitar when we were kids. And he’s been in every iteration of every band I have been in. But when Woodhawk first started, we had a different drummer kind of helping us get out of the basement. And playing shows is where we met Kevin. We’d only played like 2 shows prior to Kevin joining on drums. So we just say he is the original drummer since Woodhawk didn’t really “find ourselves” or become what it is, til Kevin rounded out the line-up.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Everyone stems from different backgrounds, and listens to different music on their own time. I don’t know that we neccesarily all have a ‘favourite’ band. But some of the stuff we call collectively love would be Black Sabbath, Alexisonfire, Thin Lizzy, and Priestess.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Every song and every album is different. Our last album ‘Beyond The Sun’ was very much science fiction inspired. I had been watching tons of old sci fi movies and tv shows and that was just where I was at the time. For Violent Nature, it was a natural progression to just write what was honest. We had all gone through so much over the past 2 years, that we needed an outlet. Something therapeutic. And from the first time we started working on the music, before the lyrics, we kind of just new that these songs were more expressive and going to be darker and vulnerable.

6. Where was your last gig?

Calgary: Wrapping a Western Canada tour with Truckfighters

7. Where would you like to perform?

Anywhere. Love gigs.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Kenny Loggins would be ideal.

9. Whom not?

We’re not picky. Just don’t be a dink.

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

I think everyone gets nervous. And that’s good. It shows you care. But I don’t know if we’ve had stage fright. Just try to relax, find what calms you down. Envision your stage like you’re getting into character. I’m definitely more reserved off stage than on. But I enjoy the full aspect of the show and embrace ie.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Probably some of our peers. Watching how new bands navigate their way through this crowded music scene is inspiring. And the good ones share all the information and help with you. Bands are too competitive in a lot of aspects, like every move for some is a ‘battle of the bands’. But in reality you see more success and growth when you’re open and helpful to each other. So we’re constantly inspired to be as open and willing to help as we can because of all the help we’ve had thus far.

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

Nothing weird. We’ve been given some weird stuff...and had some weird interactions. But I don’t we’ve been asked for anything weird.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They’re great. We get to travel over to Europe in 2020 because people are constantly asking for it. That’s amazing. I appreciate that our band means something to them, and they embrace us.

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s great. A fantastic outlet for bands of all sizes. A staple in the scene.

15. Something add?

Thanks for all the support across the board. Stoked for everyone to hear the new album Violent Nature. Always let us know where you want us to play. We’ll be doing a lot of touring in 2020 and hope to make it wherever people want us. Shoutout to Jimmy Buffett.

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