Yesterday it was announced that Sydney’s rap-rock, nu-metal hybrid prodigies Red Hook would be making the voyage to the UK to perform at the iconic Download Festival.

It’s been a whirlwind year for RedHook’s, who exploded onto the scene in 2018 with their blistering singles ‘Minute On Fire’ and ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’. They’ve quickly garnered a reputation for being an essential live act, tearing up the inaugural Good Things Festival stage and wrapping up a national tour with pop-punk heavyweights The Faim and Yours Truly.

To celebrate RedHook being added to the Download UK lineup, we caught up with the band to ask about the excitement of being added to their first overseas festival, their proudest achievement and what the future holds in store.

Watch: RedHook – Minute On Fire

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Can you recall how you felt when you first found out you were playing Download UK?

Very sweaty and pretty much in straight-up denial. We were really scared to tell anyone in case it ended up falling through!

Redhook have such a unique and eclectic sound. Could you talk me through your inspiration and what you hope people take away from your band?

Thanks so much for the lovely words! I’d say we’re most inspired by the bands and artists who don’t pay too much attention to genre boundaries and put good songwriting ahead of anything else – like Bring Me The Horizon have done on their new album, like Twenty One Pilots always seem to do. Artists like Don Broco, Scarlxrd and 12 Foot Ninja (also playing Download UK!) who are all kind of in their own lane musically. But ultimately more than anything we just hope our songs make people feel something!

What is your proudest achievement?

Being invited to play on the Download UK lineup is definitely a proud one! Opening up the main stage at the first ever instalment of Good Things Festival in Sydney last month (and managing not to disgrace ourselves by stacking it on stage or anything) was such an incredible experience too! Being invited on tour with Hands Like Houses and Ocean Grove who are two absolute heroes of ours is also a strong contender – but if I’m being dead honest, our proudest moment was releasing our debut single last June. Craig and I had been through so much shit in both our personal lives and with the band just to get to that point, so actually achieving the milestone of releasing our first song to the world was fucking monumental, and the support from fans and every other amazing thing that’s happened since has just been a beautiful, beautiful bonus.

Watch: RedHook -Turn Up The Stereotype

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What is the greatest challenge you’ve overcome during your career and what have you learnt from it?

The biggest challenge for RedHook was literally getting off the ground! We had so many false starts and setbacks trying to find the right lineup before we’d released any music or anyone even knew who we were, with members who clashed with each other and had differing visions that roadblocked any kind of progress.

It was pretty demoralising and for me personally it got me down so much that there were more than a few occasions when I almost threw in the towel. But damn I’m so glad I didn’t! Craig and I deciding “fuck this, let’s just do it ourselves” was the best decision we ever made and everything since then has been on a trajectory exponentially upward. It may be a cliche but what I’ve learned from this whole experience is that as long as you believe in yourself, that is all you need. Don’t put your dreams in the hands of anyone else, and no matter how hard things get, literally even if not one single other person on the face of this damn earth believes in you, don’t give up. Don’t let the world break you. Resolve to break it instead.

What can we expect in the future for Redhook?

We’ll be dropping a brand new tune before we hit the road for our national Aussie tour with Hands Like Houses, Ocean Grove and Endless Heights next month and we have a few other cool announcements coming before then too so keep an eye out 🙂