I had the pleasure of interviewing a somewhat mysterious musician, whose name I will not reveal to you but, whom creates indie folk-rock music with a refreshingly unique perspective. His musical moniker however, he is quite proud of. Inspired by a random line of text picked up from the Kurt Cobain journals, this San Diego-dwelling musician settled on the band name, Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt. Check out our interview below!
MFL: First off, I’ve been dying to know more about your band name! Tell me the story.
Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt (HHC): Story goes….I had signed my first album to a small label (Gulcher) before I had ever settled on a name and was really struggling to think of one. I had some really awful ones in mind at the time. I would have been 18 and was going through the Kurt Cobain journals and found the phrase “hypocrite in a hippy crypt” somewhere in there. I thought the imagery was hilarious and it really stuck out to me. Most people seemed confused by it or thought it was a very hipster title. LA weekly put it on a “worst ironic indie band names” list or something stupid like that.
MFL: I see your based in San Diego now. Where did grow up and when/how did San Diego become your home?
HHC: I grew up In the Midwest and learned all things music there. I came out to San Diego almost 3 yeas ago and have been living with overpriced rent and beer ever since.
MFL: Are you a one man band? You say “we” but also say that the band is made up of one dude! Explain, I’m curious!
HHC: I’m a one-man band. I’ve written all the songs and have been running it all these years. But I have had some friends play on albums. A good friend helped me record, produce, play piano and what not on Tweaker In the Park. Tweaker Two has that same friend along with another friend on drums. Better Days was all me I guess. New Friends has a beautiful sounding singer named Katy Kirby. It’s nice to throw some people in there and get their ideas on songs. Also it makes yourself not look as weird if you say “we” in emails.
MFL: What is it like to be a musician in San Diego?
HHC: I moved to San Diego about 3 years ago and honestly it’s not the best scene for music. The mindset is…If you are really good and ambitious you go up to LA…. if you aren’t (don’t have the balls or lazy I guess) you stay in San Diego. It’s the kind of city that people move to and can never leave. Not to say it’s a bad city at all, but people get stuck here and refuse to leave even if opportunity is calling. Also there aren’t really any local labels here and some of the typical local music scene traditions don’t really exist as much.
MFL: When does the inspiration to write music usually strike?
HHC: It used to come from heartbreak or from random interactions. A lot of songs about lovers and the confusion that transpires. A lot of songs came from coming home drunk from a party and writing about the people I met there or the situation that happened. Most songs of mine have a small once of truth behind them. It gets a little bit harder these days and it’s a bit more calculated I guess. I really enjoy mixing morbid and upbeat concepts. I try to look for that mix in all aspects of life and put it into music.
MFL: How did sales go for your “New Friends” single? Sounds like you had a pretty sweet little package all set up! I’ll buy one if there are still some left!
HHC: uhhh It went good I guess. The label was willing to do a really cool release so I went with it. Stickers and buttons along with a really unique package that technically could function as a post card (if you get it you’ll understand by looking at the front and back). Still a few copies at my website. (https://hypocriteinahippycrypt.bandcamp.com)
MFL: Who are your musical inspirations and do they influence your music?
HHC: It changes over time. I think that as I was first starting to write and especially during my younger years certain artists really inspired me. So much to the point I would write songs similar in their style with little references here and there. Now days it’s a bit more self inspired. But a band that’s really doing it for me is Big Star.
MFL: Do you have plans to write another full length any time soon?
HHC: I don’t know. I have the songs and ideas. It is a lot of work. I had the idea to record an EP of all Piano songs. I have a few I have been writing like that. I have some studio time booked at a place my friend works in late March to just get some songs properly done so we will see.