Saturday, August 11, 2012

10 Questions with Hey Judy

Hey Judy is an alt country/folk punk trio from Tulsa, OK.  The band released their debut album What in July 2012.

This interview was conducted via email with guitarist/vocalist Aaron Webb August 4-9, 2012

For more information on Hey Judy check out their Facebook, BandCamp, ReverbNation, and pages.

Dave:  How did the band get together? 

Aaron Webb:  Judy and I got married about 5 years ago. We started playing music together a couple of years after that. We were already friends with Erol, and we knew that he had a lot of musical experience. We were all at a party one night, so Judy and I waited until he had a few drinks and made him promise to join our band.

Dave:  You recently released your debut album What independently through BandCamp.  What made you decide to go this route instead of working with a label?

Aaron:  We really didn't have much of a choice. Being a new band with only a modest number of shows under our belt, we didn't have any record labels knocking on our door. Plus, independently distributing music is a lot easier these days than it used to be.

Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music? 

Aaron:  It's sort of a mixture of rock, folk, punk, and alt-country". Erol says we should make up our own word using those genres, something like "rofoaltpuntry"...We're still working on that.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Aaron:  Nah. Not really. Sometimes you might start playing a chord progression and words will come into your mind. Other times the words come first. Occasionally, you'll just have a sudden inspiration and a song will materialize out of thin air in about 5 minutes. Those often turn out to be the most satisfying.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?

Aaron:  There's definitely a revolution going on, and has been for some time. The major labels don't quite have the power that they once did. It's a lot easier these days for an artist to distribute music themselves--mostly thanks to the internet. On the other hand, once the music is out there, it's easy to get it without paying for it--which can make it difficult to make a living as an artist if that is what you're going for.

Dave:  Do you have any favorite places to play (venues or cities) or bands to share the stage with?

Aaron:  We like to play Crystal Pistol in Tulsa. Our favorite bands to play shows with are The Dirty Creek Bandits and Johnny Badseed and the Rotten Apples. Both bands have excellent songwriting, musicianship, and are fun people to hang out with.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

Aaron:  Oklahoma has lots of very talented artists and bands. The scene seems to be growing, too. It seems more and more people who enjoy live music are eager to hear original stuff.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top 5 favorite bands/artists, albums, movies, television shows, books/authors?

Aaron:  We all pitched in on these top fives:
 bands/artists = Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Nick Drake, Frank Zappa, The Pixies
 albums = Revolver/Beatles, Joe's Garage/Frank Zappa, Surfer Rosa/Pixies, Boys For Pele/Tori Amos, Dark Side of The Moon/Pink Floyd
 movies = Shawshank Redemption, Bandwagon (1996), The Royal Tenenbaums, A Clockwork Orange, Wild At Heart
 TV = Frasier, The Office (U.S.A and U.K.), Dexter, Carnivale, South Park
 Books/Authors = Catch 22/Joseph Heller, Cat's Cradle/Kurt Vonnegut, The Name of the Wind/Patrick Rothfuss, Stranger in a Strange Land/Robert Heinlein, Watership Down/Richard Adams

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Aaron:  Now that the album is done, we'd like to start playing a lot more shows. We have enough material for another album, but we'll probably wait until early next year before we start the recording process again. We love playing live, and right now that's all we want to do.

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Aaron:  We just want to thank you, Dave, for taking the time to review our album and for all that you are doing for the Oklahoma music scene!

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