ITN Tom Lamb: Do you remember how the idea of forming Dangerous Hippies first came up?
Cody Hanson: We were approached about writing a song for a commercial or something several years ago. They wanted a song that was similar to The Black Keys. Once we finished the song and sent it around, everyone really liked it so we keep writing in that style just for fun. Over time the style and the music morphed into what it is now.
ITN Tom Lamb: How did you guys come up with the name Dangerous Hippies?
Cody Hanson: We were out on the road and sitting around drinking and telling stories. We started talking about a town in Montana, that none of us could remember the name of. I was telling them how the town was “full of hippies.” “But not the good kind of hippies, dangerous hippies.” After a good laugh, our guitar tech said “that would be an awesome band name!”
ITN Tom Lamb: With Dangerous Hippies, is it just the two of you or do you have a full band put together?
Cody Hanson: At this point it’s just the two of us. Once we start putting the live show together, which will happen very soon, some of that may change.
ITN Tom Lamb: How would you categorize the style of music you guys are doing?
Cody Hanson: It’s really all over the place. If I had to put a label on it, I would say it’s alt rock/pop. But every song is different. There are influences of rock, pop, hip hop and even folk! There are no rules to this project.
ITN Tom Lamb: What image do you want your music with Dangerous Hippies to convey to your fans?
Cody Hanson: I don’t know that we want it to convey a particular image. It’s really all about the music.
ITN Tom Lamb: Are the songs musically different than what you guys would write and record with Hinder?
Cody Hanson: Definitely. With Hinder we sometimes feel the pressure to stay within some boundaries. If we get too far outside the lines, we always get some backlash from some of the fans. Obviously the fans are important to us and we want to deliver what they want and expect. With Dangerous Hippies, it’s brand new so there are no rules. We can write whatever we’re feeling at the time.
ITN Tom Lamb: What are the listeners in store for with this release?
Cody Hanson: It’s a completely different experience. while the first track that we’ll be releasing is a little more rock leaning, listeners shouldn’t get used to that. It’ll definitely get different from there.
ITN Tom Lamb: When is the new music going to be available for fans to buy and where can they get it from?
Cody Hanson: Our first track will be available in the next few weeks. We’ll be making announcements as soon as it’s ready!
ITN Tom Lamb: Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Cody Hanson: With this project we’re drawing inspiration from everywhere. Not that it’s a bad thing with Hinder because it helps keep the message a little more focused, but since it’s the just two of us, we don’t have to be as careful to not write something that may not necessarily align with the thoughts of everyone else in the band.
ITN Tom Lamb: How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
Cody Hanson: Lyrics are always important but it varies from song to song. Sometimes it’s more about the groove, sometimes it’s more about the message.
ITN Tom Lamb: Are you going to go out and do any touring with this project?
Cody Hanson: I think we will do some touring. It obviously depends on the demand and how much traction we get with the music.
ITN Tom Lamb: What do you think of the music industry right now?
Cody Hanson: While we pretty much hate everything about the music industry right now, technology gives us the opportunity to do things like this project. While it’s far more difficult to get real traction and attention, it’s great to be able to be creative and put out new music whenever you feel like it.
ITN Tom Lamb: Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
Cody Hanson: While there are some great musicians and bands here, There isn’t a huge scene for original music. Unfortunately, a lot of them are forced to play mostly covers. The Country and Red Dirt scenes are pretty healthy.
ITN Tom Lamb: Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
Cody Hanson: We’ve been digging some Hobo Johnson, The Glorious Sons, and Jamestown Revival. There’s so much music out there that gets hard to keep up!
ITN Tom Lamb: Where can our readers find you on the web?
Cody Hanson: Our website is DangerousHippies.com and of course you can find us on IG and FB @DangerousHippiesOfficial.
ITN Tom Lamb: Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
Cody Hanson: We appreciate all of the early love! Since we’re building this project from the ground up, we are going to be relying on word of mouth. Please help us spread the word!