HOT’N’NASTY

HOT’N’NASTY is a German blues rock band that I have just recently come to know about. You too should know them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The german bluesrock band Hot’n’Nasty refers to the legendary Humble Pie Song “Hot”Nasty’, written by Steve Marriott and Clem Clempson. In 2011 Hot’n’Nasty and Clem Clempson performs the song together live. A highlight in the band-history, because Humble Pie is a great influence for the band.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-Hot’n’Nasty is influenced from the important blues-musicians like Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and later Jonny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan. But the Seventies Gods like Zeppelin, Purple, Allman Brothers is a great influence too and this roots can be found in the music of Hot’n’Nasty.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-For the band it is no great difference to arrange fast and slow songs. The music is a mix between classic Rock songs, blues-rock tracks, Shuffle’s, Slow blues and ballads. ‘Dirt’ ist very varied.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
– Hot’n’Nasty’s Studio-productions sounding analog, direct and earthy. For our music very important. The difference between the studio- and live sound is not so big. Not every song from the new CD Dirt works live, but is relatively easy to play the most songs live.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-With the the label you have more possiblities to reach the music-buyers and you have a better access to make the music popular.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-The live audience is reduced and you have so many bands in germany, who wants to play. Hard Times to get a big live audience. But Hot’n’Nasty has the advantage to play since the nineties and the band has a big fan-base.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-The cover must strike the viewer in the eye. And it’s important, that the viewer gets quickly an idea, what music awaits him.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Hot’n’Nasty belongs to the first league of the german blues and rock bands. The band play in many important Bluesclubs and on great Bluesfestivals.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We are worry, that especially younger people don’t buy records and CD’s anymore. It’s a pity, that they go rarely to live-concerts and consume music only over youtube.

What lies in the future?
-Play so often we can, have fun with the fans and music-lovers at our live-concerts.
And create new songs and in some time a new album.

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