Exclusive interview with junglewrok band The Hy live worldwide on Gosh!Radio at 10am PST June 9th, 2012
By Robin Rowe
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!Radio) 2012/6/6 – “Every song has its distinct meaning,” says The Hy guitarist and lead singer Carlos Gutierrez. “I would say it is funk rock, but I have my own term that I use. Junglwrok. It has elements of R&B, psychedelic rock, soul, funk. It’s all there. Some songs are commentaries on various topics like the dynamics of a relationship and subversive slights on social issues or shameless expressions of my primal urges. Whatever the topic, we are just having a good time.”
Host Gabrielle Pantera will interview The Hy and take callers’ questions on Gosh!Radio Meet the Music. Watch the show live at www.goshradio.com. Viewers call in each week during the show to ask questions or give a shout out to the guests. Callers phone (559) 546 1700 in the United States: and enter code 472737. Gosh!Radio provides callers with local numbers in 15 countries that are listed on the web site. The show broadcasts worldwide on Saturday mornings at 10am Pacific time.
The music of The Hy is old school. Simple and classic, but contemporary. The music is guitar heavy. It has a band aesthetic along the lines of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley, Sublime, Bob Marley, and The Black Keys.
The Hy is named for the mythical island Hy Brazil. “It was rumored to be a mobile island” says Gutierrez. “ It would disappear and reappear suddenly. The race that lived on the island supposedly used sound as a tool, to manipulate matter and even in war as a weapon. They used the power of sound. Our band uses the power of sound to rock the socks off of anyone in earshot.”
The Hy band members are Carlos Gutierrez (guitar, vocals), Ternell Cooksey (drums), Eric Ross (bass) and John Predny (keyboards). On Meet the Music, The Hy will play live The One and Only and Take Is Slow. They’ll be commenting on their songs Leave Me Alone, Take It Easy and Girl.
The band writes its songs music first, before the lyrics. “It usually starts with an instrumental piece or a guitar riff or some cool sounding progression,” says Gutierrez. “I’ll then start writing some vocal melody and lyrical line. It doesn’t take that long to write a song. We add the B and sometimes C section and then its done.”
Gutierrez plays guitar, bass and keyboard. “It makes it easy in terms of basic recording. I can get things done by myself. In a band setting it helps me to understand better how the songs should come together.”
Gutierrez started singing when he was nine years old. “I used to sing along with the slow jams on the radio at night. At the time I was sharing a room with my cousin. He used to tell me that I sucked. Hah! I took my guitar everywhere and performed at so many house parties and bars.” Gutierrez hails from Turlock, California, a community of almond orchards and cow farms.
The Hy releases independently. “Black Label is our own label,” says Gutierrez. “We love Johnny Walker. But truth be told we tend to focus on the music. If the music is good the rest will follow.” This is The Hy’s first EP as a group. Independently, the band members have been releasing music for some time. Gutierrez says to expect the band’s next EP will be a little more electronic.
The Hy has performed at The Whiskey A-Go A-Go, The Tattoo Expo, Venice, Talking Stick, and the Santa Monica Promenade. Gutierrez does session work for a division of Aftermath Records, laying down bass tracks for a producer who has worked closely with Dr. Dre.
Gutierrez says the band hopes to perform someday with The Black Keys, Bruno Mars, and Cee-Lo Green. “We like these artists because they still have a classic sound. They remind us of the music of the 50s and 60s,” says Gutierrez. “We really like that stuff. We listen to everything from the rolling stones to Bruno Mars.”
The Hy writes music and performs at events for Congo Justice, an organization addressing the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has taken the lives of an estimated 7 million since 1998 and continues unabated. The Hy has also performed at events benefiting homeless animals in Poland.
Meet the Music International Call-in Numbers
Local numbers in the USA, UK, Australia Europe, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa.
United States: (559) 546 1700 (CA)),, code 472737 , Saturday 10am PST
Australia +61 1300 559 047, code 472737 , Sydney Sunday 5am
Austria +43 (0) 1 265 05 40, code 472737 , Vienna, Saturday 7pm
Czech Republic +420 225 989 140, code 472737 , Prague, Saturday 7pm
France +33 (0) 1 8014 0620, code 472737 , Paris, Saturday 7pm
Germany +49 (0) 234 543 9810, code 472737 , Berlin, Saturday 7pm
Japan +81 3 5050 5073, code 472737 , Tokyo Sunday 3am
Nigeria +234 1 667 0010, code 472737 , Lagos, Saturday 7pm
Portugal +351 21005 1191, code 472737 , Lisbon, Saturday 6pm
Romania +40 317 807 020, code 472737 , Bucharest, Saturday 8pm
South Africa +27 87 825 0190, code 472737, Cape Town, Saturday 8pm
Spain +34 91 119 6770, code 472737 , Madrid, Saturday 7pm
Switzerland +41 (0) 44 595 9030, code 472737 , Zurich, Saturday 7pm
United Kingdom +44 (0) 784 843 2901, code 472737 , London, Saturday 7pm
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