Hollywood Burnouts' Mike Nazzty interview
In less then 2 weeks Hollywood Burnouts will take the stage at this year's edition of the annual Coq Rock festival in De Haan. This will be their 2nd Belgian appearance and to get all you guys and dolls geared and primed for the event we had a little chat with the band's lead vocalist/guitarist Mike Nazzty.
Hollywood Burnouts appeared on the scene in 2008. What inspired you to form a band? Is the current line-up the same as in the early days and how did you guys hook up?
We all played in diffenrent formations at that time, but we wanted to play the music we always loved. There has never been a "sleaze-scene" in our area so basically we hooked up for obvious reasons - we were pretty much the only selaze guys.
Where does the band's name come from?
Picking a name is always difficult. We thought about our influences and how they got together and so on. These guys wanted to play music, no matter what or how...we wanted that, too. So we thought, well, we´re the same bunch of MFs...we should keep the tradition alive!
Since its formation the band has released a demo (2009), an EP (2010) and recently a full length album. In between these releases you spent most of your time on the road promoting your music through gigs with the likes of Cinderella, Crashdiët and Bonfire. Are you happy with the way things have gone so far? What do you consider as highlights of the past 4 years?
Bands like Cinderella, Bonfire and so on are definitely a highlight on every band's road. Shout it out loud-Festival in March was a blast...we had a great time...especially meeting Dangerous Toys! They are the nicest guys! Actually I love beeing on the road...no matter where we are, it´s always gonna be fun.
Your new album "Excess All Areas" was well received by both press and fans. The band's image is a definite throwback to golden 80s while your music is a combination of sounds from that same era and more contemporary influences like Hardcore Superstar and Crashdiët. Do you agree with that? If not, how would you describe your music?
Well people like to compare things...you know...bands and stuff...Of course we are heavily influenced by 80´s rock music but our personal influences come from all kinds of music. E.G I´m a huge blues fan...guys like Johhny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Roy Rogers, and so on are fantastic guitarists. Of course my playing contains influences of the obvious rock guys like Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Michael Schenker, Slash...as you see, I´m not really a friend of typical 80´s shred-guitar- guys. I think that´s the main difference between us and bands like the one´s you mentioned. None of us wants to show off...it´s all about the songs, you know...the KISS-philosophy, hahaha.
Most artists take elements from personal experiences and craft them into songs. Is that also the case with Hollywood Burnouts or do you draw inspiration from other things?
Inspiration comes from all kinds of stuff but lyrically it´s a lot of personal experience. It´s easier for me to write about things that I was a part of, you know. The stories in our songs are real...they actually happend...not necessarily to me, but they did happen.
If you had to pick the song that best represents the band and play it to someone who doesn't know Hollywood Burnouts, which song would you choose and why?
Hmmm...tough one. It´s always difficult to pick that ONE favourite song...especially when they all mean something to you. I think everyone of us would pick a different song to represent the band...man...I really can´t make a desicion here , hahaha!
Next month you are part of the bill of the annual Coq Rock festival. This will be your second appearance on a Belgian stage. What can people expect who come to see the show?
Yeah!!! We are really looking forward to that one. Last time, we had a blast!!! You´ve all been so kind and so wonderful to us. This time, we´ll play a few songs we haven´t played in a while. Especially for that show. Maybe a few little surprises here and there, but I don´t want to spoil anything here.
Which is the biggest gig you've played so far and is it also the gig you remember most?
The last SIOL festival was pretty awesome...definitely one of the biggest and best shows we ever did!
Besides playing gigs, another means of promoting an album is shooting a video for one or more tracks of an album. Is there a chance you will shoot a video to accompany one or more tunes from "Excess All Areas"? And what song(s) would you pick as single(s)/video(s)?
There were plans for a video, yes, but unfortunately we couldn´t get everyones time-schedule right. The songs would have been "Wild Side" and/or "Remember Me"...if I remember correctly.
What are the band's plans for the rest of 2012?
Believe it or not, but there´s a lot of stuff coming up in 2012. One of the biggest things will be announced on FB and our website sometime in July.
Is there any question you wish someone would ask you but up to this point nobody has? And if so, what is that particular question and its answer?
Well, as a musician, you always want to talk to music magazins, you know...I´m what people would call a "gear-head". I love guitars, amps and all kinds of guitarparts or stuff...but I don´t necessarily need to talk about these things.
Anything else you would like to add? Any message for your Belgian fans?
We hope to see as many of you as possible at COQ ROCK festival...it´s gonna be a great day! We are looking very much forward to see you guys again!
Last Updated (Friday, 29 June 2012 12:07)