Welcome back! Let the new season of savvy reading begin…
To kick off 2018 we have Zach and Billy, the talent behind Hockey Dad. These guys spent 2017 working their butts off! They played gigs with Aussie legends Grinspoon, Dune Rats and Wavves, as well as banging out top sets at Falls and Splendour. On top of this, they managed to get a slot at SXSW! All this plus national and international touring and we get a total of 107 performances in just 1 year, woah! But hard work does pay off.
After a huge 2017, we just saw the boys topping it off with landing an impressive 54th spot in the 2017 triple j hottest 100 with their tune Homely Feeling. Hockey Dad is certainly not looking to slow down in 2018, having just released “I Wanna Be Everybody” the second single off their upcoming album Blend Inn. The album releases February 9 with a tour to follow in March so grab some tickets here, cause they are going quick. We couldn’t be lucky enough to have these hard workers for our first Savvy Seven of 2018! Let’s hear them out!
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
Our first big inspiration would have been Arctic Monkeys. We lost our minds with the debut, although as they progressed into their next few albums it showed us you shouldn’t be afraid to write a little darker and get a bit moody from time to time. It’s hard to pinpoint what influences us now, we just listen to everything under the sun and get psyched to write from that.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour? Or their first album?
Just don’t overthink it and never forget why you started a band in the first place… free beers and having the time of your life with mates.
3) What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
I still think our first ever visit to the United States was a huge turning point for us, we saw something we just did for fun turn into something we always dreamed of. Slowly but surely we’re spending majority of the year overseas, with 15 hour flights feeling as mundane as doing our grocery shopping, but that initial feeling of landing into NYC and signing a deal is one we’ll carry with us forever.
4) How has your approach to your own music changed over time? (writing, recording, collaborating, etc)
We started from jamming in Zach’s garage simply because there were no waves. Every song back then would’ve been written within half an hour. Over the years we’ve had less time to be able to relax at home and spontaneously write together, so now mostly we tend to write separately and then come together at a later point to flesh out all the ideas. Although with whatever we write, it’s gotta make us feel the same as when we were in the shed as groms.
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
Work with people you trust. They always say you shouldn’t run a business with friends or family, but it’s been the best thing that’s happened to us. We’re all forever looking out for each other.
6) My biggest career mistake has been… has this changed how you approach the industry?
To re-iterate the last comment, we’ve always had advice from mates who have been in the industry for much longer than us, so we’ve been very lucky with avoiding a few of those mistakes you see some bands come across.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…what do you think can change that?
With the internet constantly drowning us with sensory overload, it’s easy to forget to take a step back and appreciate the simple things in our industry. In amongst all the madness, you should never forget to stroll down to your local venue to watch a band tear it to shreds, or maybe even pop into the record store and have a quiet flick through. The biggest things in music could blossom from anywhere at any time, and without the support from their local music scene, they may have never had the chance to get rolling.