TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview. This time featuring Hank & Cupcakes, the raw, edgy, indie-pop, Brooklyn based duo, whose been whipping up luscious a new hybrid of music motivated by true freedom and boundless limits!
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– Photo by Storey Condos –
“The most fun you will have listening to any band in the new year.” – The Huffington Post
Flush with simmering sexuality and irresistible dance pulse, Hank & Cupcakes are everything you would not expect them to be. Named in reference to notorious Charles ‘Hank’ Bukowski and one of his lovers ‘Cupcakes’, this Brooklyn based duo by way of Tel Aviv Israel & Melbourne Australia are the coalescence of rock without guitars and pop without synthesizers.
“The distinctive edgy sound and overall attitude of this minimalist but successful duo is reminiscent of New York City’s energy and restlessness combined with bits of soulfulness and youthful spirit.” – The Deli Magazine
– Photo by Javier Ortega –
Let’s check out some of their music below!
Here’s their song “Cocaina”, an awesome new-wave pop song fueled by jungle percussion and Cupcakes’ thrilling vocals!
And their song “Bat Your Eyelids”, a great, warm summery song filled with luscious harmonies and riffs!
And their song “Shut Up” for which they’ll be premiering at the August 7th show!
And here’s their new music video for “Spin”!
**NOW HERE’S OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HANK & CUPCAKES**
1. What’s your bands name? Where did the name come from?
We are Hank & Cupcakes, the name refers to writer and poet Charles ‘Hank’ Bukowski and one of his lovers Pam ‘Cupcakes’ Woods.
2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
The biggest struggle is knowing yourself and being confident and comfortable about who you are enough so that you can stretch the reach of your artistic and intellectual views. As for accomplishments, every time we hit the stage we feel accomplished.
3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
Cupcakes – Piano // Hank – Cupcakes
4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
We started Hank & Cupcakes after returning from a long stay in Cuba and while waiting to move to New York. it was a time that we were both on hold with music projects in anticipation for the move and found ourselves extremely bored with no creative outlets. We started jamming which led to intense daily rehearsals which led to Hank & Cupcakes. We made no conscious effort to choose a genre, we just went with whatever came out naturally. Our live sound is much more affected by the bands instrumentation (Bass and drums) than it is by our conceptual ideas.
5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
The first time I stood on stage and played was the defining moment of my love for music and for choosing it as a path through which I live life and navigate in the world. And like any addiction I have a necessity to re-experience that first moment of realization.
6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
We’ve released two albums: Naked in 2013 and Ca$h 4 Gold in 2014. As soon as our current tour is over in Oct we’ll be relocating to Atlanta GA to write or next record in the heat of the south.
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
We often collaborate with artists in fields other than music, we work with a lot of amazing photographers, designers & filmmakers and have also collaborated with other musicians which we’re going to do at Brooklyn Bowl with special guests Willey & Van Goose! Recently we’ve been getting the urge to collaborate more & more so hopefully the new record due in 2016 will be full of special surprises!
8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
We had the honor of playing St Louis Pride and Nashville Pride the day after the supreme courts ruling legalized gay marriage. It was an uplifting and emotional experience. We’ve played and have yet to play some really awesome festivals on this tour like Milwaukee Summerfest, Bethlehem Musikfest, Tulsa Backwoods Fest, Utical Music & Arts Fest and many more which is always great fun and we also got to open for amazing artists that we look up to like Of Montreal, Marco Benevento, Awolnation, Rubblebucket and more.
9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
We book and do PR ourselves. We are still exploring these fields so I’m not sure that I’m in any position to recommend anything to anybody… Booking and promoting are good things to know how to do regardless of if you end up doing them yourself or have someone else doing them for you.
10. Do you have any mottos?
Push the Button!
11. What artists inspire you?
Die Antwoord, Charles Bokowski, Noam Chomski.
12. What’s next for your band?
We’re moving to Atlanta, gonna get to know the south, gonna make new friends, write new music, collaborate with whoever turns us on and keep rolling.
13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
Booking, promoting, driving, cooking rice in our rice cooker, listening to interesting lectures or Howard Stern interviews, exploring.
14. What’s your favorite song right now?
Howlin’ For You (Black Keys)
– Hank & Cupcakes second LP, CA$H 4 GOLD – Released Sep 5th 2014 (On Cupcakes’ Birthday!) –
– Photo by Erin Kornfeld & Erica Leone at elk studios –
Huge thank you to Hank & Cupcakes for taking their time to do this interview for all of us!
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Check out more of Hank & Cupcakes and their music through the links below!