Amy Harris Photography recently conducted an interview with singer Lzzy Hale of Pennsylvanian rockers HALESTORM. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Amy Harris Photography: I saw recently you did an interview for a Playboy series online. Would you ever consider posing for the magazine if they asked you?
Lzzy: I haven’t really been asked that a lot. I was thinking about it the other day. I guess I would have to cross that bridge when I come to it. It depends what it is and what it is for and how tasteful it would be. I am not going to say no, but I would have to cross that bridge when I came to it.
Amy Harris Photography: I know you guys are recording a second covers EP. Why did you guys decide to record a second covers album?
Lzzy: We just recorded a few months ago and are starting to get mixes back now. We love doing that stuff, just being able to re-create your favorite songs, break them down and build them up as your own. Regardless of how fun it is, you learn a lot as a musician, about how you work and you’re learning your favorite songs and how to rebuild them from the ground up in your own way and try to find a new way to approach the songs which is kind of a challenge. We had a lot of fun doing it. I don’t know when it is going to be released yet. It is probably going to be a couple months. When you see the final list of what we chose for this one, there will be probably some that you could predict and there are a few tracks you are going to look at the title of the song and the artist it’s by and you are going to go, “What? Why did they choose that song?” Then you can judge for yourself whether you like what we did. Either way, it is going to be fun to see what everybody thinks about it.
Amy Harris Photography: Are there any habits you would like to break?
Lzzy: Yes, daily. My procrastination, I should practice more, I shouldn’t have had that cake at Josh’s birthday. I’m one of those people that does not care what everybody else thinks, but I do care a lot about how I feel about myself. I go through phases where I will have tunnel vision and be determined and then I will be in the middle of tour and be, like, “Screw it, I am going to finish this bottle of wine.” I think this time in my life I am starting to get my shit together and have more control over my vices. I am starting to exercise more and starting to be a little more responsible in my life, which is a battle, because I think I am perpetually 14 years old inside. I’m trying to be a grown-up but still hold onto that fire.
Amy Harris Photography: What are the characteristics that make a great HALESTORM song?
Lzzy: Lately, it has been more about honesty. What I never thought I would accomplish in this band, we kind of have in the last couple years. HALESTORM is becoming the identity for some of these kids. It is something to stand for. It is something to look up to. I’ve been much more free to let more people into my life and trying to be a good example and be that shining beacon of empowerment for some of these people. I needed that when I was a kid. I looked up to a lot of my parent’s music because it was tough not to find anybody that wasn’t singing about death or “I hate my parents” when I was a kid. I remember needing that. I needed somebody that I could say, “I am going to be like that. If they can do it, so can I.” I think there definitely always has to be an element of empowerment in what we do in the music we write but then you have to pair that with the honesty that you are human and that we are all the same. You are encouraging people to take the risk and to carve out their own path and be themselves. It is all we have learned about diving right into this business. We have learned so much about ourselves and how to be comfortable in our own skin. If we can pass that along, that’s something we strive for.
Read the entire interview from Amy Harris Photography.