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INTERVIEW: Hawksley Workman

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?  

VERY WELL THANKS.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stoner’s Never Dream”?  

WELL…  MARIJUANA HAS BEEN TOP OF MIND IN THE CANADIAN CONSCIOUSNESS SINCE THE TALK OF LEGALIZATION STARTED…  CANADA IS A VERY “WEED” COUNTRY…

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?  

HONESTLY, I’D HAD THIS TITLE ON MY “TO-WRITE” LIST FOR A WHILE…  IT’S KIND OF A DOUBLE STRIKE…  FIRSTLY, THAT STONERS HAVE NO MOTIVATION AND HENCE, NO DREAMS…  AND THAT STONERS TEND NOT TO DREAM OR NOT TO REMEMBER THEIR DREAMS…  THE VERSES SPEAK TO SOME OF THE DULL ACHE OF HUMAN DISAPPOINTMENT…

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?  

WELL…  I LOVE MAKING VIDEOS…  IT’S BECOME ESSENTIAL FOR ARTISTS TO BE ABLE TO DO MORE IN THE RECORD RELEASE PROCESS THAN WE MAY HAVE USED TO…  THIS VIDEO WAS SO FUN TO CREATE…  BRISTOL BOARD GREEN SCREENS AND SECOND HAND BABY DOLLS…  50MM LENS AND AN AFTERNOON OF LISTENING TO AM RADIO…  YES PLEASE!

The single comes off your new album Median Age Wasteland – what’s the story behind the title?  

WELL, IT’S AN OBVIOUS PLAY ON ‘TEENAGE WASTELAND’…  AND THE FUNNY AND STRANGE JUXTAPOSITION OF TEENAGE ANGST COLLIDING WITH THE FEELINGS OF IMPOTENCE AND  DISAPPOINTMENT OF MIDDLE AGE

How was the recording and writing process?  

WRITING IT, I KNEW I WANTED IT TO BE “CHURCHY”…  MURRAY LIGHTBURN LOVED THIS TUNE AND REALLY BROUGHT THE CHURCH OUT OF IT TOO!!

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or producing someone else rather than in your own?  

YES…  I TEND TO PUT MORE CARE INTO OTHER PEOPLE’S RECORDS…

What aspect of the Middle Age and Human Psyche did you get to explore on this record?  

WELL…  THERE’S A FUNNY SADNESS IN REALIZING YOU’RE ON THE SLOW DECLINE…  YOUTH DISAPPEARS SO FAST…  AND IT COMES WITH ALMOST NO SELF AWARENESS…

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?  

I’M ALWAYS WATCHING THE STUMBLES AND THE ATTEMPTS TO LOVE…  THE SADNESSES AND LOATHING…

Any plans to hit the road?  

I’M ALWAYS PACKED TO HIT THE ROAD…  OVER 20 YEARS NOW, THE ROAD HAS BECOME AS REGULAR AS REGULAR THINGS OCCUR… WILL BE DOING A SHOW WITH CALGARY PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ON APRIL 13TH, THEN PRINTEMPS DE BOURGES FESTIVAL IN FRANCE ON APRIL 18TH.  AND THEN SOME ONTARIO DATES THROUGH THE CANADIAN EAST COAST IN MAY AND JUNE.

What else is happening next in Hawksley Workman’s world?

WORKING ON THE MUSIC FOR A BIG PRODUCTION AT STRATFORD IN ONTARIO…  NEW MOUNTIES RECORD…  AND A JUST RECENTLY COMPLETED RECORD WITH KEVIN BREIT TOO…

Watch “Stoner’s Never Dream” video on YouTube.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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