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Sister Hazel Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Sister Hazel Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

How has 2018 for been for you? What were the highlights? Being able to release two records in a year and recording a third one.

Please tell us about the songs on your new EP, Wind (influences, etc).  I think a lot of the songs off Water and Wind go back to our acoustic roots from Somewhere More Familiar. The song writer coming in with a solid idea and the band and producer trying to best suit the needs of that song.  

What were the writing and music differences between Water and Wind? On Wind we were able to work with our good friend Ben Jackson.  Ben co-produced the record with us and is also working on the next record.  On Water we produced the record ourselves, so it was nice to have someone in the studio to bounce ideas off and give some direction.

How much creative control do you have over your music? We have complete creative control over our music.  It was one of the driving forces why we left Universal Records in the early 2000’s. We are able to record whatever songs we like and release them on our own time frame.  

What do you think about today’s music industry? I think it is a lot tougher for a new artist or band to begin a career these days. Small live music venues supporting live music are not as popular, which makes it more difficult to build a fan base through touring. Your music is more accessible to the public through streaming sites, but at the same time you are not making the income from music sales as you did in the past.  We were able to build a large East Coast fan base prior to getting signed because many college towns and other cities promoted and supported live music from unsigned artists. This opportunity is not as prominent today for new up-and-coming artists.

As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity? I think recording is the most enjoyable piece in being in an original band.  You are able to create something as individual and a band that will last forever. As a musician and artist you can put your signature and stamp on a song and record that people will get to hear over and over.  

Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to? I think touring Europe has always been something that we wished we could do.

When you’re on tour, do you have time to play tourist? I think when we first started touring across the country we were all tourists as some point.  We were going to so many new places and we had the opportunity to see some amazing sites. As we are now 20 plus years in our career we get to do the same things with our kids.

Will the band come to Europe to perform anytime soon? Hopefully this will happen one day.

Anything else you want to share? We are excited to release all four EP’s of the Element project by the end of 2019.

 photo credit- Dave Schlenker

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