Hi The Hope State! How are you today?
Fantastic. Thanks for taking the time.
Please introduce yourself to our readers:
My name is Taylor Johnson, I play in/sometimes am The Hope State
Why did you decide to use the moniker ‘The Hope State’?
I’ve had it for a long time. I was going as something a lot more dark when first getting started… inspired by my old emo roots. But when things ended with the first label I wanted a fresh start and to stay away from that. I was touring around America with another band and it kind of popped into my head and stuck.
Your debut album ‘Skeletons’ has just been released, can you tell our readers a bit about the themes running through it?
Regret is the biggest theme, all of the songs can be linked to regret in some way or another and longing to be better. It deals with loss, addiction, anxiety, depression… all of the fun stuff.
What’s the music scene like in Toronto at the moment? Any artists you’d recommend?
The music scene in Toronto is very weird right now. There’s lots of stuff happening but it’s also a little disheartening, I find a lot of artists are calling it quits because it’s too hard to make a living or level up. I don’t like to see that. That being said, a lot of my friends and killin’ it right now like The Strumbellas, Sun K and Jeremi Albino, I love seeing them do great things.
What’s your latest single ‘Butterflies’ all about?
It’s about those first fleeting moment of love that fill you up with that feeling in your stomach, that can’t eat, can’t sleep kind of feeling that goes away all too soon. It’s mirrored with a battle with addiction that sometimes mimics those feelings in a way that is far less beautiful.
If you could collaborate with any one, dead or alive, who would it be?
Dwelling on the past is something I’m trying to avoid, so I’ll go with someone living… I’d probably go with Rick Rubin, I would love to see what he could get out of me.
Describe your sound in five words:
Somber, honest, melodic, passionate, hopeful.
What are your plans for 2019?
We plan to play a ton of shows and travel to as many places as possible. Also hoping to start working on the next release.
Any last words?
Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to listen to us, add us to their playlists, shares us with their friends and comes to our shows. It means the world and we love you!