Interviews: HEX POSEUR

This is a new interview with the Alternative Punk artist HEX POSEUR from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on his FACEBOOK PAGE

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

I suppose it's less of a band name and more of an alter ego. Hex, meaning an old witch's curse, has always been a name I've loved and wanted to use, probably because of the Hex Girls from Scooby Doo. It's also the same first letter as my real name, so it didn't feel too far removed from me. I love the kind of modern-day witch culture at the moment, it feels very empowering, and so this name embodies that. The word 'Poseur' comes from the X-ray Spex song 'I am a Poseur'. This word used to be used for people perceived as being 'fake' punks. I always thought that kind of elitism was really hypocritical in punk music and felt very anti-punk to me, so this being my name is kind of a joke, I guess. People seem to call people posers no matter what they do. I also love that it references X-ray Spex as Poly Styrene is such an icon for women in punk and rock music. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

It is just the kind of genre that spoke to me most all throughout my life, it is very raw and honest and I love that. You can speak your mind and be celebrated for it. It's also super cathartic, a great way to release pent-up anger and frustrations. But at the same time, it's still very musical and interesting, I think.

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

No, I've had a couple bands since the project started and found my current drummer during the pandemic through a band website.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

I don't know if I could name one favorite band, but my all-time favorite is probably Jack White. Loved his music since I was very young and he has been a major influence on my music. (Jacob) Queens of the Stone Age

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

All sorts of things really. Personal experiences, things that are happening on the news, random thoughts, life events, films. It might sound obvious, but loads of my inspiration comes from listening to music. I always hear cool things in songs that give me ideas for my own songs. (Jacob) interesting music with unique drumming styles. Bands like Primus and QOTSA hugely influence my style of playing.

6. Where was your last gig?

The last gig was at The Hive in Rotherham, we've played there a few times and it's always lots of fun!

7. Where would you like to act?

Anywhere and everywhere honestly! I really love festivals though and have always wanted to play at a big festival, hopefully, I can one day.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

There are acts it would be a dream to collaborate with, like PJ Harvey or Jack White but I think that's too unlikely. There are some really cool artists around at the moment I'd love to work with, like Nova Twins, Saint Agnes, Amyl and the Sniffers, and Witch Fever. Any of those would be amazing! (Jacob) anything with Josh Homme

9. Who not?

I don't think I'd really say no to a collaboration, but I wouldn't want to work with any band or artist that has really misogynistic lyrics or a bad attitude or anything like that.

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

Definitely, especially in the beginning. I still get it a little bit now, but it is more like nervous excitement. It's very scary putting yourself out there on stage. But, if you know what you're doing and have practiced the songs enough times then you'll be fine. As soon as we start the first song and people are enjoying it, it is instantly much less scary.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

As previously mentioned, Jack White and all his bands, but also Nirvana, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age, Slaves (UK), Amyl and the Sniffers, and loads of others.

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

Not sure if I'm at this stage yet, haven't really been asked for anything weird. I used to think it was weird that people wanted a photo with me because I didn't understand why, but it is very flattering.

13. What do you think of your fans?

I'm not sure if I really have 'fans' as such, but I really appreciate anyone who comes to the shows and enjoys the music, it is really awesome when people besides your family actually like the music you make.

14. What do you think of our site?

Super cool! Love the style and it's awesome that you guys promote smaller bands.

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