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The NAMM Show 2017 Interviews – Hipnostic

The NAMM Show 2017 Interviews – Hipnostic

Hipnostic is a powerhouse heavy rock trio from the Los Angeles area in the grand tradition of Alice In Chain and Soundgarden – and these tremendously talented musicians are ready and willing to make 2017 their vast and glorious breakthrough year!  Music fans have already discovered the sonic adventures of Hipnostic through their impassioned live shows.  The band recently unveiled a vividly memorable cover of the Bill Withers classic Ain’t No Sunshine that is now available on Itunes.  Featuring two members who did time in Sunset Strip hair metal underground sensation Lixx Array, Hipnostic furthers their compelling auditory journey as a unit ready to rock and roll your senses.

We caught up with the three members of Hipnostic at The NAMM Show this year to find out more about this extraordinary band on the rise, news on their upcoming album, instrument endorsements, their early days in Lixx Array and a whole lot more!  Read on…

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in Hipnostic.
Blake: Blake Hastings, I play lead guitar and lead vocals.

Marty: Marty Wilcox, drums.

Rob: Rob Swanson, bass and background vocals.

What are you looking forward to the most about NAMM this year?
Marty: I’m trying to pick up a new drum deal. For sure.

Blake: I would say that we’re connecting up with some of our endorsement companies that we’ve been working with through the years. Gibson has been wonderful, Peavey. We’ve got products that has supported the bands. We also got Dunlop products. Jim Dunlop makes great pedals. Actually, an exciting thing, Rob and I secured a deal with Ernie Ball Strings yesterday which has been very supportive with the band. That’s why we’re out here, like Marty was – looking for some potential drum gear, drum stuff for himself and then Rob and I having a chance to meet with some of our endorsement companies that have been so supportive.

Rob: I’m checking out new pedals. I want to diversify my sound a little bit. Keeping up with the relationships with all the companies we’re involved with. Making new relationships with new companies that I like their stuff.

Since we’re at NAMM, what is your weapon of choice on stage?
Rob: Schecter Basses. I’ve got two of their Hellraiser Extreme Fours and I love them. They’re thumping. 18V, loud and heavy thumping – ah, love it.
Marty: I’m exclusively using Pearl Drums over the last ten years or so. I’m hoping to strike a new deal with those guys.
Blake: Heavily into using Gibson Les Pauls. Gibson has been kind enough to be supporting the band. So, supporting the Les Paul and of course the loud Marshall has always been my favorite. I think anybody, whatever amp they do, every time they come to NAMM you can’t help but look at the Marshall display with all the stacks in awe and go, man that’s cool!

How long have you guys been a band?
Blake: Originally I kind of started the band. Rob and I have been in bands before. I wanted to do something that was a passion and not try and fulfill any industry needs or the goals of other people and their expectations. So Hipnostic was a vision of creating music that I really liked to play. It’s grown incredibly great from there. It started, I’d say about 2000 / 2001. So it’s been a long haul of passion for the music.

You did a cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” – what made you decide to cover that song and has anyone from Bill Withers camp heard it?
Blake: Good question. Actually, we do tag him in on things and make note of it on our YouTube video. Whenever we do promo for the song, we definitely make it clear that most people know it’s a Bill Withers tune. It’s such an iconic tune. We’re not a band that does a lot of covers. So this song, growing up through the years, has always struck a chord with me. Was just kind of moved to take a different, Hipnostic music twist on it. It kind of magically evolved through time. So it was a really proud moment. Sometimes you just have to let things grow and kind of filter through you and just let it be. It just magically came into place.

Your first album Dissolve Me came out in 2005, is there any new album on the horizon?
Blake: Yeah, you’re absolutely right. There’s been a long gap there. We might be beating Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy at this point. But, there’s quite a backstory as to why that has happened and a lot of things – we don’t need to go into. Being in a band, it’s like a family. There’s been some changes in the band. Rob and