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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale: A Conversation With ‘Metal’s Little Sister’

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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale: A Conversation With ‘Metal’s Little Sister’

“I’ve been in Halestorm for nearly 20 years. If it wasn’t for our ‘Fore Mothers of Rock n Roll’ who came before me, I may not be where I am today,” Lzzy Hale recently wrote on her Tumblr blog. “They did not give in, they did not quit, they did not wither. They were a powerful force in inspiring and encouraging me to go after my dream.”

Lzzy Hale wouldn’t readily describe herself as a trailblazer, much less include herself in the ranks of the aforementioned women, but during Halestorm’s steady rise to fame, they’ve been the first ever female-fronted band to be nominated and win a Grammy in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category. Hale became the first woman to win the Dimebag Darrel Shredder of the Year Award at the 2016 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, and she’s landed herself on Loudwire’s list of “50 Top Hard Rock + Metal Frontwomen of All Time.”

Halestorm, which is made up of Hale, her brother, the band’s drummer, Arejay Hale, bassist Josh Smith, and guitarist Joe Hottinger, are known for their energetic live performances, which are generally part of a demanding tour schedule. In the last decade, they’ve toured alongside bands Evanescence, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Staind, and the late Ronnie James Dio, just to name a handful. Most recently, Halestorm wrapped up touring in Australia and New Zealand and released their third EP of cover songs, ReAniMate 3.0, which is something the group (who apparently don’t know how to take a vacation) does for fun. We caught up with Hale during a break from bouncing around ideas in the studio for a new album and talked about everything from jamming in her parents’ basement, to some of the best advice she’s ever received.

You guys have been so busy. How’s life?

Crazy, man. We have been busy – we’re writing a record right now – we’re just going down that rabbit hole. I find myself in the same place every time. It’s just chaos until something starts coming together and we’re in that chaotic point. We’re writing for the sake of writing. I have so many songs, and so many weird ideas. My brother [Arejay Hale] flies in today, so we’re basically going to do what we did in my parents’ basement way back in the day, like, “Okay, who has an idea?” “Oh, I do! Here you go!” We’re just going to jam. It’s going to be fun. We start in the studio tomorrow. We’re still in the creative process, but we want to capture a few things while we’re still in that kind of vulnerable state.

That has to be the best part of the writing process.

It is! It’s also the most nerve-racking part right now, because it used to be, “Oh yea, we’ll just go in and write,” but now we have four records out, and we have to be more like, “Oh crap. What’re we going to do now?”

Is there more pressure?

There’s a little more pressure, but it’s funny – we’ve been literally grooming ourselves to try not to think about that, and be like, “We’re just going to jam like we always do, guys. It’s cool.” The more I think about it, every single record is the same thing – confusion and chaos and then there’s one song that comes in where you’re like, “Oh, no that’s a good idea,” and then everything else just kind of builds around it.

Halestorm kicked off 2017 with a bang. You guys just got from Australia and New Zealand, so not a huge break between that and jumping back into the studio.

No, no. We have a problem with sitting still, or I should say I do. I get a little antsy. If we don’t have a gig for a while, I get, like – if someone’s on tour that we know – I get jealous. I’m like, “Man, I want to be on tour. Can we just, like, get to the part where we have a record and we’re proud of it, and we can go on tour?” I’m waiting for that.

 

Purchase our spring issue to read Lzzy’s full interview: SPRING ISSUE

 

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Lily is an entertainment writer who grew up around the corner from Janis Joplin's hometown. Consequently, she found herself enthralled with the music and stories of the leading women of rock & roll at a young age.

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