Hoodie Allen takes on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Today it’s the turn of Hoodie Allen to tell us all about himself!

A song that made you want to make music?

Drive by Incubus 

Best rider you have had?

I’m a simple man so any rider with Oreos and a veggie plate I’m happy with

Craziest moment in the band?

Getting to perform at a festival in London for 40,000 people

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

I can’t say which lyric is deepest – it’s up to the fan and whatever lyrics resonate most with them

Easiest song you wrote?

All My Friends with State Champs

Favourite song in your set?

You Should Let Me Know

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Hayley Williams

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Just missing the routine of home when it comes to where you sleep and taking care of yourself. You have to work extra hard to do that on tour.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

I’m an avid poker player and I’ve played in the World Series of Poker

Jokes you have in the band?

We enjoy playing Limp Bizkit‘s cover of Faith by George Michael as our pre-show pump-up ritual

Key to writing a song?

Live to write, don’t write to live — which means you can’t write anything good if you’re not busy feeling and experiencing things in the world

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

New Zealand or Guam – would have to check a map to see which is further

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Seeing Kanye West at the Glow in the Dark Tour made me want to be a live performer

New band you’d recommend?

Peach Tree Rascals

Opening for this band would be ideal?

TwentyOne Pilots

Place you’d most like to tour?


Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“I get knocked down, I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down” -Chumbawumba

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?

My upcoming album is all about a breakup that I experienced and the title reflects it

See us live at?

A bunch of upcoming shows this summer that haven’t been announced yet!

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

No. The old days of music are the ones that formed my love for music so it will hold huge significance in my life forever, but there is still so much great new music out there.

Unusual merchandise?

I always love doing super limited unique merch like hand-painted jean jackets and custom sneakers

Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?

Nothing in particular comes to mind, but I’m always open to a fun remix to give a song a fresh breath of air

What do your fans mean to you?

As an independent artist, my fans are my label. They mean everything.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band injuries?

I once chipped my tooth on a microphone and also got a concussion while crowd surfing.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Probably mine but just know that I meant to be there on time.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?


Elizabeth Birt

May 17, 2022

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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