Andrew Hyatt is a singer/songwriter from Sudbury, Ontario and last year he placed in the top 10 of Much Music’s Coca Cola covers. Since then, he released his second EP, opened for acts such as Dean Brody, and is just about ready to release his full length album, Thirteen.
What can you tell us about the new record, Thirteen? How does it compare to your other two EP’s?
AH: This record is really personal to me. It’s a collection of songs that never really fit in with any of the other recordings over the last 13 years. There are new songs and old songs, all of which are really personal to me. This record is a sort of “tell all” about my life.
You used funding website, Go Fund Me, to help raise money to create this album. Some of the rewards even sold out, did you expect it to go over as well as it did?
AH: The Go Fund me campaign was more of an after thought when we started this record. I was in school, working, and travelling on weekends to record so it was great to see the amount of support I had. It really inspired me to keep going when I was exhausted from non stop running for months. As far as selling out on certain rewards, I was overwhelmed by the amount of support I received. I see a lot of campaigns that don’t meet their goal so I feel really blessed to have such a strong support network.
You made the top 10 of Much Music’s Coca Cola covers contest last year, covering bands like Hedley and Foster The People. Looking back on it a year later, how do you think entering that contest helped you out?
AH: The obvious answer to this question is that I received a ton of publicity! I also realized that making music is for me, not for anyone else.
It changed my mindset for music. I put so much into that contest and when it kinda fell apart I realized that it didn’t matter because I had a blast making music and creating something really intimate for myself out of other people’s music. That change in focus really set the tone for this new record.
You opened up for Dean Brody recently. What other bands/artists would you like to play a show with?
AH: I would love to get a chance to play with brighter brightest, prince caspian on the local scale. In the dream department, I’d love to play with Matchbox 20, Raine Maida, John Mayer, and John Forman
What about bands/artists you’d like to collaborate with?
AH: Collaboration is a foreign concept to me haha, but I would love to write with Derek Hoffman, David Charles Fischer and maybe some day Jon foreman
If you were to give your top 5 bands or artists, who would they be?
AH: John Mayer , Noah Gunderson, needtobreathe, Switchfoot, Dashboard Confessional
We like to include a little this or that section in the interviews so here we go.
Coca Cola or Pepsi?
AH; Coke alone, Pepsi with my rye lol
Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
AH: Peanut butter
Cats or Dogs?
Television or Movies?
AH: Netflix so I can watch complete seasons of TV shows
Facebook or Twitter?
Batman or Superman?
AH: Batman- the dude is human and still awesome
Morning or Night?
AH: Nights! Mornings are death for me
And lastly, is there anything you want to say to your fans?
AH: Thank you! It’s amazing to have the support system I have. Making music isn’t always easy and often requires sacrifice. Knowing that people are expecting and waiting for new songs is the greatest feeling
Thanks for taking time to do this interview for us, Andrew. Good luck with the album release! Can’t wait to hear it.
AH: Thanks you for your time !
-Tara Thompson- Canadian Beats