Introduce us to your project!
Hi, so, Hooby and the Yabbit is a solo project at the moment, this is my first release, on my own label and it’s a Rock/Rhythm and Blues/Acoustic sound.
How did you start out?
I was in a band playing all sorts of stuff like ZZ Top, Steely Dan, Johnny Guitar Watson, Paul Gilbert for example but I wanted to do my own thing. I was writing songs by then so I built a studio and last year finished ‘Out of Time’ and got it out. I had a band in 16/17 and we did a few gigs too.
Describe your project’s sound
A mix up of British R and B and Southern Boogie, goodtime rock and roll with songs as well.
What influences your craft?
Everything around me I suppose. Lately, I have started to think that growing old is a big inspiration actually! I write about what I see around me I think and god knows in this crazy world there is a lot going on. Politics, People, Life, Family, getting drunk and not giving a Fxxk…
What makes your project different?
I think most Rock/Blues fans would find it worth a spin. I think also I have my own sound; you will hear other bands in there but it’s unique I think in how it’s rolled together.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Yeah, good question. I don’t think I’ve written a quintessential track yet, but the one on this release that keeps getting attention from reviewers is ‘Freakout’, an instrumental tune.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
I could possibly say overcoming my own dumbassedness… I think all writers are just trying to get to what it is they are really trying to say you know what I mean?
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
It’s great to have this release out, also I did a lot of big shows around the world back in Off The Wall-The Music of Pink Floyd days. The thing I am proudest of is the work I did as a community musician for 7/8 years around my home town district, working with young people denied the opportunity to play and be involved with music. One of them became my bass player for a while.
How bright is the future of your project – what are the plans?
I have an acoustic release and another full album to come out this year. In the Autumn I hope to tour and do gigs – that I am really looking forward too.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
As the guy who helped make the next thing possible.
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