No Longer Rootless, Youngblood Hawke Is On The Right Path And Ready To Wake Up

by (@unclegrambo)

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010 - Day 1

“[Simon and I] didn’t really have our true voice, it was always off to the side,” Sam confessed. “We never got to truly express ourselves, we didn’t get to make the music that we really wanted to make. There’s something that really eats at you inside when you’re in a project and you don’t feel like it’s you.”

“March 2010 we played Coachella,” Sam explained. “10,000 people, it was insane. And then we were done 2 weeks later. We knew it was over.”

“At the end of the day, it just didn’t work out,” Sam sighed. “The relationship between [Jarvis, Simon and myself] was toxic, and life’s too short to spend time with people that make you feel bad. So Simon and I ultimately had to leave the situation, even though we had some success under our belt, it’s was just not a way to live.”

Simon Katz and Sam Martin of Youngblood Hawke


After a project that had taken up over five years of Sam Martin and Simon Katz’s lives imploded, the two would have been forgiven if they took some time to recoup and recover. However, the pair did the exact opposite of that and, as the expression goes, simply got back on the horse. Two weeks after Iglu & Hartly called it a day, Sam and Simon started writing new tracks together. “Sam and I just locked ourselves in my studio —my 2nd bedroom studio— and just wrote and wrote and wrote as much as we possibly could,” Simon explained. “Not really for any reason, but just to get stuff out.”

“We poured out all these emotions that we had,” Sam added. “It was really a cathartic experience, our major goal was just to get this sh*t off our chest. We had just gone through something that not a lot of people experience. There was a lot of anger, and fear, and regret. But there was also this feeling that we were on the right path. We can get somewhere, there’s something happening here that’s special. That really fueled us.”

The two met up at noon and worked late into the night each and every day for months on end, penning nearly 200 songs while they tried to figure out the bedrock of what would eventually become the Youngblood Hawke sound, a few of which eventually became demo tracks. However, what they knew from the get go this time around was that as important as the music is, what would make or break this new endeavor were the people that they surrounded themselves with. “How do we make this thing like family?”, Simon verbalized. “What we learned from past experiences is the importance of having those connections. One of the most important parts of being a band is having that connection with band members that will be long lasting. How many bands do you know that last for 10 years? Not many. And we want to be that. And it’s very difficult to do that if you don’t really get along with everyone in the band.”

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