Hate5six Interview (Part 1 of 2)

By:

I can speak for all of us at Nahhhhh saying that we have been watching hate5six videos for years. Finally, we get to hear from the man behind the camera, Sunny Singh. After talking to him I found him to be someone who cares about the music and its impact. He has single handedly documented shows that will be seen by generations to come. I decided to break the interview with him into two parts because of it’s length and due to the content. Part 1 is much more about the beginnings of hate5six and Sunny’s journey into hardcore.

How did you come up with your name?

Sunny: A lot of people have no idea what it means. I grew up in South Jersey and at the time the area code was 609. I was in high school when they changed the area code to 856 and I remember – it was a stupid thing to get mad about – but people would get mad about it. So, hate5six was actually a play on 856, but the weird thing is that I wasn’t the first one to come up with it. I remember people had blogs or Livejournals with that name. Even if you go onto some older Philly/Jersey message boards you will find users who have the name hate5six who aren’t me. So, it pays homage to where I am from, South Jersey/Philly area.

What made you want to start recording shows?

It must have been around 2000/2001, I was a freshman in high school and a lot of my friends were starting bands. I wanted to get involved, but I had no musical talent at all. At the same time, around then, I was really into collecting bootlegs of Rage Against The Machine shows. So I had a massive archive of stuff I traded with people and through doing that I started to appreciate live audio and video. So i’ll listen to a record because I want to really appreciate a band, but i’ll watch a live video because I want to see how the band was live because its a whole different piece. So when my friends were starting bands I was like, it might be cool for me to film them and maybe one day someone would want to see it. This was before YouTube, so I really had no way of sharing that stuff with people. It was like early 2000. So I stopped for a few years and then in 2007 I got this higher end camera that I wanted for years, so I got back into it. YouTube was starting to get pretty big, so I started doing stuff there. The real reason I picked it back up was because I realized that people weren’t filming my favorite bands. So I just started doing it more and more. It just became this thing where I was really enjoying it and getting feedback from people. I kept doing it and haven’t stopped since.

What was the first CD you ever bought?

Well I remember my older brother gave me some CDs, like he was apart of some mail order thing where he was getting CDs. They weren’t hardcore. I remember he got like a Soundgarden record and that was like the 90’s but, I distinctly remember the first hardcore CD I got was Inside Out Spiritual Surrender. I had been searching all over for it in like 2000/2001 and I couldn’t find it anywhere or in any store near me. I remember I was in Boston on a trip and I stopped into Newbury Comics. I saw it sitting there. I remember I had to beg a friend to borrow 5 bucks to pay for it. That was the first hardcore CD I ever bought.

What was the first hardcore show you ever went to?

Its hard to say, it was still around 2000/2001. I was starting to go to shows locally in South Jersey. They were mostly pop punk/ska bands. Hardcore bands here and there. I honestly don’t remember what show it was, I don’t even think I filmed the first show I went to. I don’t think I can really remember. I do remember going to a Dillinger Escape Plan show in Philly and that was one of the first big shows that I went to. There is a video floating around of it on YouTube where i’m not filming, i’m in the pit. I found the clip a couple of years ago and i was like, “Wow!” I remember standing where I was standing and looking around. It’s weird, I tend to have a good memory, but whenever I am asked about my first show I just blank completely.

What was the first show you ever filmed? You said it was your friends’ band?

Yeah, they were a band called Roadside Assistance and I was filming them pretty regularly. They were from South Jersey. They were like a 3-piece punk band, really awful, but I loved them. I know I have a tape somewhere in my mom’s attic or something. So that had to be about 2000, late 2000 early 2001. A couple of friends of mine, we started to book shows in South Jersey and my role was to be the guy who filmed it. So I tried out filming a bunch of that stuff. We had a show with Bayside in a lobby of an ice hockey rink. Like 20 something people came out. To this day Bayside will say the worst show they ever played because we didn’t promote it at all. I remember I was like sitting on top of a Coke vending machine, because I knew it was the only angle I had. I tried finding the tape, but I don’t know where it is. It’s gotta be somewhere at my parents’ house. I was just filming a lot of random stuff back then. Pretty much anything I could get experience on. Just a lot of local pop punk, ska, just all over the board.

What’s your favorite set you ever filmed?

I think for awhile, whenever I was asked this question, I would say that it was Trial’s set at Burning Fight. I think the Burning Fight videos is what made my website really legitimate for people. That set in particular was really like, “Holy shit!” I remember filming it and there was a moment where there is a line, “We were born into suffering,” and the crowd just screamed it. It was like 1,100 people and they just screamed it and it sounded like people were singing into the mic, but no one was. It was so powerful hearing that and I remember stepping away from the camera just saying holy shit. So that was probably the first big moment for me. Since then there have been smaller not as hyped up sets that have been memorable to me. Like, All Else Fails was one of the most intense sets I have ever witnessed. It was a real treat to document that. Another personal favorite is Pulling Teeth’s last show, because I have been filming them for years. There are certain bands that I have been filming since I got into it. When I look back through the footage and see how they progressed as i’ve progressed it tells an interesting story. It was sad to film their last set, but it was also very special to me.

What is your most viewed set right now?

Yeah, you sent me that in the text message and I had to pull up my statistics. The most viewed set is Title Fight from This Is Hardcore last year. It has 36,700 plays. So I mean, its crazy, you will go on YouTube and you will see pictures of a dog crapping on a front yard and it will have a million views. So in the grand scheme of things it’s not a lot, but for what i’m doing i’m pretty happy with it. It’s pretty crazy, it is like Title Fight, and then Power Trip last year, then Gorilla Biscuits – it’s surprising that the Turnstile video I just posted is number four with 28,000.

Yeah, it seems like every day I see it floating around some form of social media.

Every year I try to pick one set to kick off This Is Hardcore videos. I kinda pick a video that sets everything on a good pace, that sets the mood. They were a band that everyone has talked about and they killed it. So there was a lot of excitement for that first video. Because they played so well I think thats what helped it to get posted around on a bunch of blogs.

//

In Part 2 Sunny talks about the music scene and the future of hate5six. Read it HERE.

As always, be sure to hit hate5six.com



One response to “Hate5six Interview (Part 1 of 2)”

  1. […] 2 of 2 with the man, the myth, the legend: Sunny Singh. If you missed Part 1 you can read that HERE. Part 1 covered more of the history of Sunny/hate5six, while Part 2 will cover more opinions.What […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


9 − = eight