Interview with Hawxx- Anna, Jess, Hannah and Iman
We are HAWXX, we are named after the bird of prey, with the double XX symbolising the double XX female chromosome. We write songs that reflect self empowerment, the lies of the diet industry, mental health and being a sexy bastard!
1.First Rock/Metal band you ever saw Live? And where/when
Anna: The Scorpions! And Joe Cocker opened for them. It was epic. It was in Athens in 2005.
Jess : Arch Enemy. I saw them by accident supporting another band and thought, wow this is heavy! Turns out i love metal.
Hannah: are Stereophonics rock? Think I then had a baptism of fire in Reading festival 2002
Iman: System of a Down at Brixton Academy. Mezmerize/hypnotize album release tour.
2.First Rock/Metal Record you bought? What made you buy it?
Anna : First metal album was Deftones Around the Fur. First rock
album (if this counts) was Take off your pants and jacket by Blink 182 lol.
Jess: Bullet for my valentine, they were my favourite band
as a teenager.
Hannah: again Stereophonics for rock Haha (Welsh stereotype)
I remember buying Rage Against The Machine when I was about 14 and xmas shopping with my brother-in-law - he noticed I was
developing gothy tendencies so he recommended it haha -
game changer though.
Iman : Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory. A friend lent it to me first and I fell in love straight away and needed to own it myself.
3.Favourite venue to play in? UK or abroad
Scala or Koko in London!
Anna: Karnivool, Anna Calvi, Meshuggah, Kae Tempest, Bjork.
Jess: Karnivool, king crimson, lightning bolt.
Hannah: Metallica, Trivium, Muse, soundtrack scores.
Iman : Deftones, Bjork, Maynard James Keenan, Baroness
5.Any new bands impressed you and worth a shout out?
Wargasm and Holding Absence. We played with them at the Heavy Music Awards this year and were BLOWN AWAY!
6.What’s the future look like for Hawxx?
It’s looking banging. We are currently finalising the songs on our next EP and we are recording in January which is exciting!
Just writing and keeping the band spirit alive for now during these super hard times.
7.Why the name Hawxx?
It comes from the bird of pray and the XX symbolises the female chromosome. We came up with it in a pub called the Betsy
Trotwood- who’s name also delighted us.
8.What is the craziest, most memorable thing which happened on tour or at one of your shows?
We went on tour up North and played a gig in a venue which had awesome antique furniture everywhere - like a church pulpit, prison bars and old school cinema chairs so that was funky...but as we looked around we noticed there were taxidermy animals everywhere. In the front room where we loaded in, there were 2 massive stuffed tigers and a skeleton which were freaky but NOTHING compared to what we saw later.
We were invited upstairs to the landlord's living space which
was filled from floor to ceiling with taxidermy animals.
Tigers, Giraffes, lions, birds, cats...
Anna had an instant panic attack upon entering.
Not to mention there was original Nazi memorabilia
in the corner!!
9.If 2020 was a person?
Hannah: Tobey McGuire..such a punchable face.
Anna: I fucking love Little Mix.
Iman: Watching trash TV in bed all curled up in pyjamas and
eating junk food all day
Hannah: I watched all of I’m a celebrity
11.Favourite Metal album of all time?
Anna: Obzen- Meshuggah
Hannah- Metallica - Master of Puppets
Iman : Too many to pick from
12.Any advice for young bands?
Rehearse and gig as MUCH as you can. Be organised- we function so well together because everyone in the band has different roles and responsibilities! Follow your instincts!