Formed in DC in 2008, Midnight Hike has been serving up their potent blend of rock/pop songs to dedicated crowds throughout the region headlining at the 9:30 Club, State Theatre, Fillmore, Rock and Roll Hotel and more. In December 2012, they released their second album “Shoot the Moon” which has received tremendous regional reviews. Midnight Hike maintains all its original members including Bill LeBlanc (guitar), Eric Letsinger (drums), Kent Marcoux (piano/keys/vocal), Pate Raczynski (bass), James Rea (guitar) and Eric Schmid (vocal). We caught up with the guys of
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you? Or at your show?
“We had a front row fan disrobe at The State Theatre during one of our shows. Not sure we’ve fully recovered from that one.”
What’s new with the band?
“We just released our first video from our 2nd album ‘Shoot the Moon’. Check it out on YouTube“!
What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist/band so far?
“Touring with Cheap Trick and pulling up to the venue loading docks in minivans with our kids strapped into kiddie back seats next to convoys of Cheap Trick’s 18-wheelers and roadies unloading gear. It’s challenging to feel like a rocker when your loading in your own gear with one hand and changing diapers with the other. This is a young man’s game.”
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
“Forty-five minutes before each show, we clear the dressing room, run through the first three songs, discuss transitions and setlists, and finish with a shot and a hug. Standard lovefest stuff…”
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
How do you connect with a crowd?
“We’ve always kept an open stage. We’ve been lucky enough to have had some of the best musicians in D.C. and Baltimore join us on stage. The more we recognize that the audience is in charge, the better our shows turn out.”
How did you come up with your band name?
“We practice in the middle of the night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Wednesday. We stop at midnight and take a quick (sometimes not so quick) hike through the woods…clears the mind. Voila!”
What is the best way to write music?
“Full-band jams until we find a new hook. We then record the riff. Bill structures it on acoustic guitar offline then brings it back for everyone to add their parts. Lyrics typically are the final piece of the puzzle. This process either takes one week or one year…nothing in between.”
Where can fans get your new album “Shoot the Moon”?
” On Itunes“.