Artist Name: Hoofa
Song Title: A Kiss
Genre: Indie Rock
Release Date: 21/09/2018
Hoofa – A Kiss
Hoofa is a north London-based indie artist influenced by the likes of Little Comets, Peace, and The Beautiful South.
Their honest lyrics, catchy storytelling, and captivating instrumentals are brought to life with their vibrant, live performances which they’ve become known for.
2018 has been a busy year for Hoofa, starting with their own headline show; they’ve gone on to play across some of London’s most established indie venues supporting Monico Blonde, Detroit Social Club, and NOVACUB. In May, they made their festival debut at The Great Escape followed by Fringe at Tramlines in Sheffield. Due to fan demand, Hoofa jumped into the studio for an exclusive live session at Bonafide Studios. Olivia and Think About You were released in June reaching over a thousand streams within a week. Think About You was playlisted on Jim Gellatly’s show on Amazing Radio and on NE1 5FM. Now booked until the end of the year, with dates across Europe and the UK, Hoofa release their debut single ‘A Kiss’ on 21st September, produced by Tom McFall (Snow Patrol, Editors, Bloc Party).
Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.
Full of energy, we go mad. At our last gig we had neon lights in balloons, pink lights everywhere and even fell off the stage!
List the names of your biggest supporters.
SESAC have been really supportive of us, as well as Karousel. Also, we’re starting to recognize the same faces in the crowd, so to everyone who’s been to a few of our shows already, thank you!
Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.
I’m driven a lot by performing and getting people to move and sing along. A previous project was featured on Made In Chelsea, and that was quite motivating, knowing the music and my voice were capable of air time!
Discuss your experience as an artist.
As Hoofa; we’ve had a great online response from a lot of people far and wide. The best bit is when people you don’t know sing along at the top of their lungs! So far, it’s been overwhelming at times, to be honest.
Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
Mistake… I think everything bad I’ve done has been a learning point. Overspending on a music video that didn’t get many plays forced me to think twice about how to approach music videos. I think the biggest mistake on that front was overspending on the previous project’s Facebook advert campaign, by a lot, with little response. That hurt the purse strings.
Discuss the story behind the song.
I think the lyrics tell the story pretty well – the two I’d highlight are: “After all this time, a kiss, and then, it ends” and “You say you’re still in love but I’m not the one you’re dreaming of”.
Tell us how to fund a music project.
I fund it myself with savings. I have a day job that pays the bills and funds music. Obviously, there are other ways (PRS have some great funds) but so far I’ve self-funded all releases.
Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.
Rule number 1. Everyone has the right to be safe at a show and nothing should come above that.
Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.
Rehearse in the dark so you can get used to dark stages.
Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.
Interesting! I think that if we can spend more on the recording, the production value may change, but apart from that, I’d hope the songwriting keeps improving as there’s always space to grow!
Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.
I was brought up singing and acting in musical theatre so I’ve had a fair amount of training. The main things I do are warm-up, avoid dairy when I want to sing and try having a steamy shower at least once a week.
Discuss your best mood during a performance.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Hoofa – it was my gamer tag when I was growing up and therefore as this is my first real ‘solo’ project, it felt right.
List your best artists with reasons.
The Pale White – top music and great lads, Faers – Emotionally supported us since day 1 and bangers SeaGirls – Met them at a Wombats gig and now love their music, Paul Lynch – He’s the backing vocalist/guitarist in Hoofa and his solo project is classic.
Discuss your existence as an artist.
I’ve written songs for as long as I can remember so I guess it’s just in me.
Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing society and the solution.
I think homelessness is really on the rise, especially in London. I’m not sure what can be done, but more support (rather than taking things away from them) would help.
Discuss your songwriting and recording.
I wrote all the music before I put the people in the band together and we made small tweaks whilst rehearsing (tempos, some extra harmonies here and there). The recording was really fun with Tom McFall, 3 days recording and mixing the songs we’ve got coming out. Really fun time!