Interview: Lzzy Hale of Halestorm
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:50:04
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"It's been crazy," laughs Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale. "If this year gets any better, you're going to need a chisel to wipe the smile off my face."
Hale has every reason to smile right now. Her band just nabbed its first Grammy Award this year, and they're still rolling force behind their phenomenal second record, The Strange Case Of.... Right now, they're on the road with Bullet for My Valentine crushing venues left and right across the U.S. It's still getting better though. Halestorm have evolved into one of the fiercest and fieriest rock and roll bands ever.
In this exclusive interview, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino talks all things with Halestorm with Lzzy Hale.
What do you remember the most from this year's Grammy night?
Just being nominated was enough. I felt like we were pushing our luck by even being nominated. None of us expected to win at all. We had nothing prepared. Our mentality that day was, "We'll get dressed up, do the red carpet thing, go to the parties, and have a good time". That was the long and short of it. We didn't even think about winning. Two categories before ours, we were like, "Do you think we should have something written down in case we win?" I wrote a few things down just in case, but we didn't think there was any way we could win. Then, we saw our name, and we all blacked out for a second because there was this moment of silence. We either didn't believe it or didn't hear it [Laughs]. Then, we were like, "Oh my God! That was us!" We went down the aisle screaming. My brother said it best, "We should have won for most genuinely surprised or shocked" [Laughs]. It's such an amazing thing and an honor. It's validation for all of the people who helped us all along the way. Our parents weren't crazy. We're doing something.
Have you already started writing your next album?
I've begun writing just for the sake of writing. It doesn't really come together for us until we're in the studio recording. Then, we can narrow it down. I have no idea what the theme is going to be or what the next record will sound like. I'm writing, and I have new songs I'm excited about, but it's sporadically recorded because we've been on the road so much. Some songs are here. Some songs are there. Some are recorded in their entirety on my phone [Laughs].
You've continually evolved.
This record was a step forward. It's mind-boggling to think about. I was thinking about it last week like, "Maybe should I try to figure out the next one now?" One of the most beautiful things about The Strange Case Of… was really didn't have an idea or the time to organize the album. Because of that, we took the thinking out of it. We were chasing after whatever got us excited. In a lot of ways, that made the record what it is. I don't want to think too much about what the song or theme is going to be or if people will like it. We need a deadline and no time to think [Laughs].
What song from The Strange Case Of… speaks to you the most?
At the moment, it's one of the ballads. I'm really enjoying performing "Break In". It's the only piano ballad on the record. Live, I do it by myself. I'm very excited about that song. Putting piano on this record took me back to the beginning of Halestorm where piano was my primary instrument for the first few years of the band. There's an emotional thing that happens every time I perform that. It's very close to my heart.
What's it about lyrically?
For me, it's about somebody special in my life. I'm extremely lucky to be surrounded by people who love me and take me for who I am—as well as all of the weird stuff that comes with me [Laughs]. I love that line, "You let me fall apart without letting go". The people who surround me have let me do that. They let me make my mistakes, but they don't let go. It's a realistic look at love and what real love means to me.
This tour is killer…
Bullet for My Valentine are amazing. We're continuing what we started in Europe over here now. It's going to be great. I love Young Guns too. I love being out on tour. There's nothing like it. I have the best job in the world.
What's your favorite Halestorm song?