RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE BAND THE HYBRIS
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Konnichiwa, thanks for having us. Necking a couple of cold ones was just the thing we were waiting for…
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
You know, sometimes I do ask myself that question too. Then I remember: Shit this is fun, and life would be so dull without it. But apart from the undeniable personal pleasure every song provides, it is even more so a testament to a life well lived if you can leave something in your wake that you are proud of and stand 100% behind. Music is a life choice, and it requires no decision just tenacity, hard work, dedication, and a grain of inspiration. Talent comes along that way.
Introduce us to all of the members and your musical history.
I am Beanie Bison, the one with the Horns. Ringo is the one with the ears, and Malcolm is a shy creature and generally a troublemaker, but we love him anyway. Together we are THE HYBRIS, a trio of superheroes. We all have been lifelong friends.
Amongst early musical endeavours, we spent our teenage years doing just that, music, until one of Ringo’s ears fell off. In other words, life happened, and paths separated. But today’s technological marvels allow us to harvest our superpowers and to rekindle these youthful ideas, even though distances are far and situations in our individual lives are completely different. Music is a bridge for that…
What was life like for you before music?
That would pretty much be the first 6 years of our lives… what do you want to know about that? Sandbox friends, first kiss, Diaper sizes of all of us?
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
Peter Gun played by my father on an old rotten acoustic guitar. Probably also the first time I learned a guitar riff. From that point onward, I was hooked. Line and sinker.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
Sitting is never a good thing. It means you are stationary. We are moving. Up or down, left or right. Who knows, it’s all relative. And we really don’t care too much about any of this. It is all about the music nothing else. All the rest is a bonus…
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
To not take ourselves too seriously. That knocks the wind out of your pipes and fun is an essential part.
Tell us two truths and a lie about you.
I can twist my tongue into a U shape and whistle with it.
We have yet to play a life gig somewhere.
I speak fluent German, English, French and Japanese.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career, what would it be?
An only fans account… no kidding… I think that collaborations are great, and if you can spend some time with like-minded successful musicians and songwriters, working on cool music, that can be a real trampoline to propel you into a different league.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
Respect and the good nature of our angels are embedded in all of us. It takes more or less effort for anyone to peel off the layers and to get to the true nature of someone’s character. I don’t think cancel culture is a thing. Maybe for some it is, I feel pity for them…
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not, why not?
Now let’s see, there are the flat earthers, the never-moon landers, the 9/11 deniers, the holocaust deniers, the god illusionists, the JFK conspirators, the who shot Roger Rabbit folks, the list is endless. Why would I want to waste my time believing crap other people believe in. We have brains, let’s use ‘em.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.
I drink milk every day. Makes for a good complexion. Ringo’s left ear is shorter than the right… That’s why our mixes tend to drift to the right. And Malcom has a tooth missing. That was an unfortunate accident involving a forklift and a raw egg…
What makes you stand out as a band?
Look at us, we are the embodiment of good taste and looks. Superheroes to the core.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
The second instalment of THE HYBRIS has been 18 months in the making. It’s full of surprises, in-your-face guitar riffs and heavy beats and bass grooves. Throw in a twist of good melodies and then sugar coat the whole thing with lyrics that actually mean something, and you have the recipe for a THE HYBRIS album.
What was the recording process like?
The process is purely virtual. I normally get things rolling with some idea that tickles. Guitars/Bass mainly, I may chuck one or two drum loops on it. I try to get to the arranger as soon as possible, build a structure around the initial idea, export the track in its rawest form and what’s app Ringo and Malcolm. Ringo puts down a beat and sends me a revision.
Malcolm will write the lyrics and figure out the general mayhem that he is responsible for percs, synths, background vocals, etc. Then I revise my parts and send it all back into the cloud. On mix down it’s revision after revision. We all get a say, but in the end, it’s always those damn Rabbit ears that get that last say in the matter.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Be different, don’t make the same mistakes twice and always keep your eye on the story.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
We have just finished building a recording studio in the South of France and the opportunity to record e.g. drums and other stuff with some friends over here presents itself for the next production. It will be a challenge, but one I hope we will enjoy and master at the same time.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
And our unfettered love for music and its echo across the planet has put us into a position of privilege. We want to thank every single one of our listeners and hope that they feel the same way about our music as we do. May the rock live on forever and peace to the world. As you know, the three superheroes are on a mission to save the world. Join us!