So, last year Reading & Leeds must have been a pretty cool experience?
Yeah, that summer was a wicked summer for us. We’ve always been playing catch up sort of to a certain extent.
Do you prefer to play festivals or your own shows?
That’s a tough one. They both have amazing aspects to them.
Did you find after R&L you had new fans?
Yeah definitely, there were a lot of people there who weren’t our usual fan base I guess. Download we expected to go really well and it did but R&L I wasn’t sure if it was gonna be a little too out there for the crowd.
When you’re putting your sets together do you prefer to play the classics or new material?
We try and put some new stuff in there. To be fair the further in our career the longer the sets get. We’re not actually able to cut that many songs.
Have you had any extreme fan experiences?
Nothing too crazy. I remember once in Lancaster there was this guy, when we went to get some food, he just came along and followed us and we thought he was someone’s friend but it turned out that he was this random guy that no one knew.
If you weren’t in a band what would you be doing now?
Something to do with music. I do some teaching and stuff anyway, so something to do with that.
I was doing video before, so something fun or creative.
Which bands and artists inspire your music?
You’re a band which incorporate a lot of genres into your music. Do you think its important to mix it up a bit?
In terms of making progress in the genre then yeah, it’s definitely important as it brings new things in and new ideas but then fair enough if you like what you do and you stick to what you’re best at, if you’re good at it then just smash away at it.
Are there any genres you think that would never work together?
Pop punk/ djent /grime /ska
If you could tour with any artist, past or present, who would it be?
What can fans look forward to from Hacktivist for the rest of the year?
We’ve got the Reading & Leeds slot this year, just announced, so if anyone’s there it’d be awesome if you wanna come and watch us. There’s stuff being announced for the summer and it will be announced as and when.
Is there anything else you’d like to say to your fans?
Keep on coming to Hacktivist shows and buy us beers and take us out for smokes! Keep on getting down to our set and moshing and giving us fuel to rock out to on stage.
Interview by Natasha Bird.
Photography by Chris Clough.
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— LIVE DATES —
9th August, 2014 – Brutal Assault, Fortress Josefov (Czech Republic)
22nd August, 2014 – Reading Festival, Reading (UK)
23rd August, 2014 – Leeds Festival, Leeds (UK)
30th August, 2014 – Masters Of Rock, Torhout (Belgium)