Econoline Crush known for the radio hits “All That You Are”, “You Don’t Know What It’s Like”, “Make It Right” and “Dirty” is BACK after a decade long hiatus!
Ignite got to ask them a few questions and see what is going on with the band now!
Trevor Hurst, the vocalist for Econoline Crush gave us the low down below…
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
Econoline Crush was formed in the early 90’s in East Vancouver. We wanted to combine elements of electronica, industrial, metal, punk, and rock. The band played its first show at a club know as 86 Street opening for our friend/ radio DJ and promoter David Hawkes. There were 1200 people at that show. We never looked back. Five months later we signed a deal with EMI Music Canada.
We have had members come and go over the years but the core elements and goals have never changed. Ziggy and I have been playing music together so long we can finish each other’s sentences.
What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself… “THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?
My mother was always playing music in the house when I was growing up. To me music is magical. The combination of notes is always elicited an emotional response from the listener. It still amazes me how that works.
I think what keeps us going is the possibility of creating something that connects. Watching the audience get into it is such a great feeling
What is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We have re-recorded a song called Get Out of The Way as our first single release for AMALIEN Records. It is the first single from our upcoming album When the Devil Drives.
I also have a documentary in the works called Flatlander which should be out early next year. It covers the last 7 years of my life and my journey into the world of healthcare and back to music.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
If I wasn’t a musician, I would likely be working as a psychiatric nurse in a community with marginalized populations.
What is one of the weirdest questions you have been asked?
You know I just can’t think of anything too weird or funny. Sometimes people will ask about my favourite junk food or favourite meal. Which is odd to me because it really has nothing to do with music. But I get it, people are curious.
How would you like to be remembered by your fans?
I would like to be remembered for being a good singer, good frontman, and a good human being who advocated for people marginalized by mainstream society.
On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
This single is 2594 out of 2593. It goes to 11!
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
“You Don’t Know What It’s Like” is one of the best songs we have ever released. I think it captures the emotion and the sound we were looking for. Bob Rock produced the track and he is an amazing producer and a wonderful human being.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
You can always get better. Music and musicianship is a journey not a destination. I am always evolving and incorporating new knowledge into my process.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I worked for almost three years in a Dakota First Nation community as their home and community health nurse. That experience changed my life and led me back to music.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Sundance Shine would be the colour. A beautiful orangey yellow that represents the sunset on the prairies. It would honour the Dakota Nation and their rich traditions.
Who are you inspired by Musically or in life in general?
As I stated earlier. My time at Canupawakpa Dakota Nation inspired me to continue creating music. I realized that it’s not about material things or status. It’s the process, the journey, the connection that I have with the Creator. You learn to let go, to just be in the moment. I have faith that I am doing my part, bringing people and ideas together with music.
What’s an average day like one tour? and what about these days?
My average day….is there such a thing? Starts with coffee, kids, dogs and madness; then continues with phone calls, interviews, band business, and domestic responsibilities. If I am lucky a couple hours in the studio then home to tuck the kids in. A few late night calls to the west coast to clean up any loose ends and then I go to sleep. Only to do it all over again the next day.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
Prior to COVID I would go to the merch booth after every show. We usually stay an hour signing autographs and taking pictures. I love talking with fans and hearing their stories about how our music has impacted their lives.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety before, during or after a show?
I believe that “nerves” should always be part of live performances. If you aren’t concerned about putting on the best show possible then you might want to rethink your approach to live performances. You should always feel some trepidation before you play a show. It’s logical and completely natural to feel that way.
What is your favorite venue to play in?
I love big rooms for the spectacle and the club shows for the intimacy. They both have their charm.
We played Madison Square Garden in New York with KISS and I have to say that room is amazing.
The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver BC is another magical room that just makes the show that much more fun.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t follow in my footsteps, blaze a new trail by following your heart. Be confident in your vision but constantly check your ego, it can lead you astray.
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