MVM – Tell me a little about yourself, who you are, where you’re from, how long you’ve been playing for?
Jackson of Cowlick – I am Jackson Hudecki of Hamilton Ontario Canada, 4th born son to Mary and Bernie Hudecki, born with no sense of smell, and a drummer for over 15 years.
MVM – What’s the name of your band? What’s the origin of that name?
Jackson – Cowlick is the brain child of myself and older brother Dylan Hudecki. I used to get made fun of by friends and family for having over 7 cowlicks on my noggin, so I think it stems from childhood. Dylans son Dexter also has quite the cowlick, and we started this band around the time he was born!Ã‚Â
MVM – What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Jackson – Our biggest challenge, being brothers, has probably been working together on meeting our own standards. We each want something out of this band, but sometimes those ideas conflict. I have never liked Oasis, and think those 2 asshole brothers need to realize what it is they have, and give up their petty differences. But I get them. I know where that comes from.
However.. this is family, and there is nothing stronger than that in this world. Plus I’m bigger than him now so I just give him wedgies when he gets into it.Ã‚Â
MVM – What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
Jackson – I have always loved bands like the Constantines, or any band Jon Harvey has ever been in, because they know how to rock a crowd. They know how to reach every single person in the room, and get them into their set, from start to finish. People look forward to their concerts, walk into the venue pumped, and ALWAYS leave the place happy.
The music we play seems to border on the fence of both “shit yeah” and “goddamn”, and we wouldn’t want to have it any other way. People go see bands to a) hang out with good friends or b) enjoy the music said band has created. But everyone there is c) ready to be entertained. As a band, it’s important to remember that component. And that’s where we aim to reach every night we play.Ã‚Â
MVM – Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Jackson – In terms of venues we have only been playing in Hamilton and Toronto as of late. The Casbah has the best set up in the city, and great sound techs. This Ain’t Hollywood and Absinthe are icing on the rock-cake that is the Hamilton Music Scene. Without these places we’d be playing our songs out front of the L.C. We are looking to broaden our horizons this year however and get into Guelph, London, St. Catharines and Sarnia more often. Yes I said Sarnia! Toronto is always the hardest market to hit, so we are taking constant shots at playing that city. Getting in there once a month at least.
MVM – What’s your ultimate direction for your band? What level do you want to take your band too?
Jackson – The direction we are heading is that of UP. With a CD release coming up this summer, music videos and festivals, we are going to be all over your map. We want people to know that using our 41 years of combined musical experience, we aren’t your average basement band. We don’t fuck around, but we totally fuck around.
MVM – Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Jackson – Our music making process consists of a sweet guitar lick, followed by an even sweeter bass riff and then some drums to smack you in the back.Ã‚Â
MVM – What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Jackson – For people who want to form their own bands, my advice would be to practice. Write songs and then jam them, over and over. The tighter your songs, the better you will play on stage. Hone your sound and then fucking give’r.
MVM – How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
Jackson – Our myspace page is home to our music, remixes, show dates, pictures and music videos.
We were recently filmed by Mitch Fillion of Southernsouls.ca, and can been seen here www.southernsouls.ca/cowlick.html
Our first album is available for a free download here!
MVM – When you were little were you afraid of the monsters under your bed?
Jackson – I was never afraid of the monsters under my bed, because they were the monsters of rock. They taught me everything I know today about slaying the dragon that is my drum kit. Without them I would never have found the will to smash things.