Interview with Alt-Rock Band, Half the Animal, Making Their Nashville Debut Tomorrow Night
Half the Animal is gearing up to release their incredible new music very soon – they’ve been writing with acclaimed songwriting/production team Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance”, Halsey) and Sam Martin (Maroon 5, Chainsmokers). They made an immediate splash and earned some great attention for their hook-laden rock attitude and pop-driven style since debuting in 2016. Their first single “Babylon” went viral, racking up more than 1 million Spotify streams and strong radio support on multiple SiriusXM channels, including Top 40 radio station Hits 1 and The Pulse, as well as regular airplay on tastemaker Los Angeles stations ALT 98.7 and KROQ, which featured Half the Animal on their celebrated Locals Only program. Their follow-up single “Bad Bad Love” was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Playlist, and the band has more than 1 million YouTube views. We talked with the band before their Nashville debut show at the Exit/In.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chase's (singer) would be pasta, Dan (guitar) would be Nachos, Nick (drummer) would be sushi.
What's your favorite fast food chain? Raising Canes. Sadly.
What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten? Dan's eaten crocodile and Chase had live seabass heart. Super hectic.
What's your favorite type of foreign food? Perogies (Nick) and Chase anything from Asia. Dan says a good Aussie meat pie. We're dying of laughter.
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Dan says Danny Devito, Chase says Natalie Portman, and Nick says Jennifer Lawrence.
The Nashville show at Exit/In June 1st is going to be a cool event for Half the Animal fans. What kind of show can they expect? We're so stoked. We've never played Nashville so this is a first for us as a band. They can expect a hot, humid show which means lots of sweat. We're going to be playing three unreleased songs in the set as well so we're really excited to keep testing them out on the road.
This tour is in support of your new music coming out very soon. How far along in that writing and recording process are you? We've done a bunch of new music with Captain Cuts in LA before we left for this tour w/ Smallpools. It's awesome to test out new music on the road to see what works and what doesn't. When we're back in June we're set to be in the studio for another few weeks with the Cuts team to bang out a full 5/6 song EP. The plan is to release singles throughout the year and then roll those up into an EP at the top of 2019.
What stands out to you about the music we're about to hear? It's a near perfect representation of where are music and minds have been going through. We have a few songs in the 160BPM range now as well which gets us excited to play on stage.
Do you have a title for the new record yet? We don't yet but have been thinking about a few ideas, it's on the tip of our tongue.
How much creative control do you have over your music? 100% of it. We'd never do music which we don't have creative control over. We love collaborating and co-writing with our friends and other bands, but at the end of the day it's our story to tell.
What has been your greatest challenge in music business? Finding the right team. Team is so crucial when you're launching something new. You have to have a great manager, great songs, and a willing artist and I feel like we have all three now.
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? Food brand would be Havachips and drink would be Health-Aid Kombucha for drinks!