How would you describe your music?
Energetic, female fronted modern punk rock with a healthy touch of f*** off & die!
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Have you ever lost all your dreams, everything you worked for in a second? Yes? Now imagine, that would happen when you’re at the beginning of your teen years…. that’s pretty much the situation how The Hellfreaks was born.
Sue, our singer & former band member, came to music literally by accident. She was a professional gymnast, sport was her everything – but unfortunately she just landed once wrong on her feet, which ended up in a spine operation in her way too early years. So she had to recalculate her life and fill the gap that her sports career had left behind. That’s how she found music and after a couple of tries later it ended up with forming The Hellfreaks in 2009.
Today, after 9 years of our very first concert, we’re one of the most touring Hungarian bands internationally-wise, we played over 200 gigs over the country border, we toured all over Europe and made it over the big pond to the USA as well, we recorded 3 albums, all on German labels, have over 5 million views on our youtube videos, sold over 5000 physical records and are super happy to have a worldwide fan base that we can call our own.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We’re all kids of rock’n roll, but all different at the same time. All of us have other heroes: starting with Sue, who comes from the very underground rock scene corner, till Gabi, who is an extremely educated musician but grabbed his bass first as a child cause he wanted to be like Flea. These kinds of differences make the result so special.
What inspires you?
We’re not really making music, because we are inspired – we do it much more because it’s simply what we love to do! We’re not old, but old enough to understand that time is ticking away, it runs out like sand in our hand, and if we don’t use it wisely, we will waste the most valuable thing in our life – time. Our lyrics are kind of a shout out to have the right questions or even more to HAVE own questions. A shout out to your brain, to use it wisely, to be aware of the right things and to feel the weight of responsibility of your decisions, of the things you do and of the things you say. So all in all, we would say our biggest inspiration is to be able to inspire people, to make the best of their time!
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
None of these options really worked for us: we prefer to write at home, where we are surrounded by total calmness, peace & a bunch of cats! 🙂
What is your favourite song to perform live?
It’s pretty impossible to pick out one of our “babies”, but ‘I’m Away” is a bomb for all of us on the stage!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
To join the reunion tour of The Distillers – we wouldn’t have words for that! It would be more than amazing to support these punk idols!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Of course we can’t really be aware of that, cause we haven’t been doing music for decades, but we think, or rather, it seems like the musical part of music is not that important anymore, compared to the past. It’s just by far not enough to make good music. Of course it’s necessary, but it won’t bring you forward. You need to be something more, something that kills all the fairy-tale parts of being a musician: if you’re not managing your band as your own small company, you’re lost.
In one person, you have to be your own CEO, your own sales department, your marketing department, your web designer, your graphic department, and of course, while you are all of that in one person, you still have the struggle not to lose your artist in yourself – and the artist is exactly the opposite of all of that I have listed before and that makes it quite hard. If you want to have a touring band – there is so much more than music that you have to deal with. I’m quite sure you’d be shocked, if you knew how much time we spend on band management and how much time we can actually spend on our music itself.
All that definitely makes us sad – but on the other hand, this is also the reason why it all turned this way.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Pooh, let’s think about it. There are a couple of we have in mind. Our first thought was how Sue has made a very clever move on the stage and the full microphone stuck in her hair in front of a very huge crowd.. That looked quite stupid how she was trying to get the microphone off her head.
Or once the police came directly on stage in the Czech Republic and ask if we could be so nice to stop the show cause we are too loud.
Or once a guy came to Sue between 2 songs to ask her if she could kiss the paper he was holding in his hand, cause he would love to tattoo it on his body. Weeks later we got an email of his hairy a** with the kissprint tattooed on it. We guess this list will just be longer in the upcoming years.
What are your future plans?
2018 is going to be a very important year for us, as we are finishing our 4th longplayer. Our fans will get something really unexpected, as there’s never been an album we’ve worked on so intensively as this time. We also have some very interesting cooperations for this record, but we will talk more about it, when the time has come.