Interview with Blake Burns of Hell & Hollar

with guest writer: London Rally

London Rally: Talk about how music has influenced you as an individual in your daily living.

Blake Burns: Music is always a part of everything I do. Whether it's in my head or I am listening to it. I constantly think about it. 

LR: Where do you find yourself listening to music most often?

Blake Burns: In the car when I'm driving.

LR: What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?

Blake Burns: As far as guitars and pickups are concerned Lust For Tone. Mic's there are so many for different applications. But we have a lot of Shure, EV, and Sennheiser. Pedals I have a bunch of different brands I use. But I recently added some Echopark stuff that I really like. The amp I play is a Germino Deluxe Tweed 1x12 that Greg from Lust For Tone and I modded with an Eminence EJ40 and a power tube upgrade. But I put the Blue Alnico Celestion in a matching cab and run it as a 2x12 setup. It's my favorite amp set up I have ever played. Next, to the Silvertone, we pinned for a lot of the solo work on the EP.

LR: Talk about your current project. It's conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process? 

Blake Burns: I started H&H about 6 years ago with my good friend Jean. I met Johnny Dusko at Guitar Center and asked if he would want to come to check out what we were up to and possibly become our bass player. He came and liked it, that was that. Then at one point, Jean had to leave the band to move for a job. That's when we asked Nate Largent to join. After Nate joined we got tight playing some shows and then went to Nashville to record the EP at Lust For Tone Studio with our good friend Chris Condon. Not long ago we added Ian Pattison on as a second guitar and to share the lead work. Since then we have been working hard to do all we can to get it out there to people. We just released our first music video also. So we have been keeping busy. 

LR: Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?

Blake Burns: No, I love writing, I love recording/producing and I love to perform. They are all wonderfully fulfilling in their own ways. They are just different forms of it. Then there is the whole part where your relationships with the people you work on music with becoming tight and close like a family. So many things about it are so wonderful really. 

LR: How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?

Blake Burns: We are fortunate enough to have our own studio. So we normally record things while we work on them so that we can all listen to it at home or in the car and think of what it needs or even what it doesn't need. So We know when they are done by reviewing things enough.

LR: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019/2020 and beyond?

Blake Burns: We have a lot of exciting things happening that we can't say just yet. But we will when the time is right. So we just plan to take the momentum we are fortunate enough to have right now and run with it, build on it. We hope to keep doing this a long time. I can say however that we are working on an LP right now and will be releasing singles up to when we release it sometime next year. So don't forget to follow us on all our social channels to stay up to date with releases, shows, and other announcements.