Hybrid Spirits are :
Nigel Rooke – Vocals, lyrics, keyboards and programming.
Paul Kirk – Vocals, lyrics, keyboards, guitars and programming.
Voodoo Jade – Vocals and lyrics.
How'd you get started in music?
Nigel Rooke : Nigel had his first Keyboard synthesiser at the age of 16, a Roland SH-101. He began experimenting writing songs and lyrics with a friend in his front room until he formed a band called “From The Ashes UK” with Paul Kirk (below).
Paul Kirk : Paul started playing guitar at 17. In the early 90’s he started a band with Nigel Rooke and spent the next few years gigging around Birmingham (UK) and the West Midlands in various pubs and clubs, until he moved to West Yorkshire.
Voodoo Jade: I started studying music at the age of 8, playing the cello, guitar and piano. She was part of an award-winning school choir, where she learnt to develop vocals and harmonies. She joined her first band aged 15 as a cellist and backing singer, and has been involved in bands and music ever since. She had a break from music between 2012-2017 as she got Meningitis which resulted in her legs being amputated. After she recovered, she was invited to join Hybrid Spirits which was a boost and important part to her recovery process.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
Nigel Rooke : Ska, Mod, Rock, New Romantic, Goth, Industrial, Synthwave. Likes Gary Numan, Marilyn Manson, Sisters of Mercy, Rammstein, The Specials, Visage amongst others.
Paul Kirk as a varied taste in music ranging from classical to trance music to heavy rock. Favourite bands include Black Sabbath, The Prodigy, The Cult and Rammstein.
Voodoo Jade New Age, Goth, Rock, Techno and World Music. Favourite bands from Indigo Girls, Evanescence, The Waterboys, Enigma, Hawkwind, and Greta Van Fleet!
What advice would offer aspiring performers?
Follow your hearts and write the music which you enjoy writing – not what you feel you should be writing. There will always be people who support what you do and it is important to be true to yourselves, and not pretend to be something you’re not!
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
We are a British band consisting of 3 kindred spirits whose fusion of music has created a fresh and exciting new sound. Our music is a fantastic example of what can happen when different people with different interests, ideas, tastes, experiences, backgrounds and influences work together. Our combined years of experience in writing, composing and recording music gives strength to the ground-breaking approach to music which we’ve taken. We are not afraid to write about the issues facing us (past, present and future!), and we enjoy having fun along the way. Our “style” of music can’t be pigeon-holed, and we are very proud of this, hence the very apt name ‘Hybrid Spirits’. Our individual and eclectic music tastes mean that you (or we!) never know what we’ll create next, and there is something for (almost!) everybody.
Due to location and Voodoo Jade’s disability, we don’t meet very often, but we have regular band meetings via Skype. All music is sent to each other electronically, and it gets passed along the members like a conveyor belt so we can all add what we want to each song. Then once everybody is happy with the finished version, it goes off for mixing!
Any new gigs or albums in the future
No gigs planned (unless someone wants to invite us to play for Glastonbury or something lol) but always open to ideas!
We are currently working on new alternative songs for another EP or album as well as a second ambient album!
We released an ambient album in December 2018 called Astral Whispers.
We released our alternative EP in October 2019 called “Fear”
More information can be found on our website : www.HybridSpirits.Co.Uk
Latest Music Release: www.hybridspirits.bandcamp.com
Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them luck in their musical endeavors. So until then I'll catch you on the flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!
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