Published on November 18th, 2014 | by TLV News

Local Musicians: Brian Hatch and Jace Hughes of The Heard

LocalMusicianSSSWhere are you from, and how long have you been in Oxford?
Born in Fort Worth, Texas. But moved around from California to Mississippi to Texas. In Oxford eight years.
BH: Salem, Virginia, but I grew up in Oxford and have been here since the third grade.



Brian Hatch (L, guitar) and Jace Hughes (R, drums)

What instruments do you play? What’s your favorite?
Drums, guitar, sing. Singing is my favorite.
BH: Bass is my favorite. I can play a little drums, and piano in the key of C.


How did you learn to play?
Self-taught. Singing country songs with dad. Playing drums on my bed. Found a guitar and just picked it up.
BH: A LOT of practice, instructional DVDs, and help from Silas Reed.


IMG_0879Early music experience:
Played drums in a shitty punk band at 13.
BH: Trombone for three years, sixth through eighth grade.


Your music Style/Genre:
I like to play anything and everything.
BH: Anything that has groove or passion.


What bands have you been in? What projects are still ongoing?
Drum for Skinner Boys. Aaron Hall and The Heard still going on.
BH: Silas Reed N Da Books, Astrobots, The Heard.


IMG_0857What was the first concert you witnessed?
Saosin, Alexis On Fire, Senses Fail—House of Blues N.O.
BH: Probably a Cooters show at Double Decker


Do you have a favorite band?
I couldn’t possibly have one.
BH: Yeah, Death from Above 1979 made me want to play bass.


IMG_0713One thing you would like to change about Oxford’s music scene:
The number of people that go to shows could be bigger.
BH: More free shows.


The best thing about Oxford’s music scene:
Local musicians and bands all seem to really help one another. Everyone has each other’s backs.
BH: The support from other bands


Most famous person you’ve jammed with:
Bill Perry Sr. & Jr.
BH: Silas Reed


IMG_0836Are you a visual artist or do any other creative arts?
Not a chance
BH: I like to write and I’ve done some photography


Do you have a “day job”? If so, where?
Cook at Ravine
BH: Soulshine, The Lyric, splitting firewood


IMG_0812Where do you like to hang out in Oxford?
Lamar Lounge, Blind Pig, Larry’s, my house
BH: The Blind Pig and friends’ houses


Aspirations (other than rock stardom):
An actual career as a musician and never cook again in a restaurant.
BH: Write books and make movies


Got a website?
In the workings
BH: Facebook for now  The Local Voice Ligature

This article was originally printed in The Local Voice #216 (published November 6, 2014).
To download the PDF of this issue, click here.







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