Listen to the new song from Hanging Hayley – Candles
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
We are a band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We’re still a relatively new band (our current line up has only been together for about 7 months and the band formed a year ago) but we’ve been making notable waves in our city. We have played with several notable bands including Saliva and touring band Boy Hits Car.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
We just finished and independently released our first full length album entitled World’s on Fire at the end of February and we’re going to start doing as many out of state gigs as we can, including dates in Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, and then moving our way west to eventually end with a week or two in California.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Candles is our first single off of the album we released. We released it in October of this last year while we were in the process of recording the CD. In our opinion it really is our signature sound, it really brings out what we are all about. It is played routinely on local radio here in Oklahoma City and in Altus, Oklahoma.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
Our sound really is our own. Although it can be classified as rock in every meaning of the word/genre, we believe we are unique. Our sound comes from every band member’s inspirations/backgrounds. Our singer gains inspiration from old 60’s rock n’ roll, our drummer is a metal head, our lead guitar player listens to punk, and our bass player listens to anything from Neil Young to power metal bands. We each listen to a different genre of music that reflects our individual styles and that is what makes us Hanging Hayley. The other thing that sets us apart from the rest of our local scene is our live show, check out our videos on YouTube, HangingHayleyMusic, and you’ll see!
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
One of the definite hardships that we face as a band out of Oklahoma City is the very small rock scene. The metal scene in Oklahoma City is huge, drawing a sellout show to most of the local metal events around here, while the rock fan base is very minuscule. We have to promote every show like it is the biggest show we’ve ever played, but we manage.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Fortunately we haven’t really had any setbacks that are really notable in our career as of yet.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Scammers. There are a lot of “companies” out there who try to play you/use your for a buck. Artists these days really have to be wary of who they do business with.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Love what you do. Being an artist can be just like a business at times and you really have to promote your product to be successful. But never forget why you started playing music in the first place. We all do this because it’s something that takes us away from life’s monotony. Enjoy yourselves!
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Reverbnation and Facebook are definitely prime ways to promote yourselves and we’ve also been known to post show fliers on Instagram as well. Really, the best way we’ve found though is to go the old fashioned way, print out fliers, and hand them out to people at your local music shops. Go check out other local bands and meet them and their fans and spread word of your shows there. Hand bills and word of mouth will always be the best way to promote at this level because it is a personal connection you get to build with your fans/future fans.
You can also come out to a show around Oklahoma City sometime and we’ll be coming to a town near you soon!