Holy Terrors' Rob Elba Talks Dan Hosker Tribute Show: "He Left Such a Legacy"
|Dan Hosker: 1966 - 2012|
Hosker left behind a prodigious discography and performance legacy that stretched from grungy pop-punk to bludgeoning noise music and ol' timey swamp country. There was seemingly not a single instrument he didn't teach himself.
This December, those who loved the man will be celebrating his life on what would have been his 47th birthday. Of course, it's going down at Churchill's Pub. And of course, the lineup reads like a who's who of loud-and-dirty Miami.
Crossfade spoke with Hosker's longtime bandmate and best friend, Rob Elba, to learn more about the upcoming concert and the music charity it benefits.
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Crossfade: Tell us about the Dan Hosker Music Continuum.
Rob Elba: Dan's sister, Chris, started it. It's going to be in his name for the school that him and his sister went to in Massachusetts, for the music department. Like, if a kid wants to do music and they can't afford it, it'll be theirs.
How did the tribute show come about?
Me and Rat Bastard put it together. When Dan passed, we knew we wanted to do something. When something like that happens, you're afraid people are going to be sad and then just forget about it. Dan was a part of so many people down here. So we said, "Let's do something around his birthday." Whatever we raise will go toward the fund. I'll be a good way to think about him once a year.
Will people be covering Dan's music?
I didn't tell people they should, but a couple have asked if it would be cool. I know some people are doing stuff he did with The Bikes.
Would a cover of The Holy Terrors qualify as a "Dan Hosker cover"? How did you guys write songs?
The lyrics were pretty much mine, but the music was mostly Dan.
A couple of other people in his family are coming down. He's got a nephew Joe that's 19 and he's a guitar player. He's a cool kid. He's actually a lot like Dan. This quiet kid, but a really deep thinker. We're gonna do a couple songs with him.
[Dan's] got a half-brother, John, that's coming down. He wants to sing this song by The Bikes called "Drive Home." He's gonna sing that with the other guys in The Bikes. His stepbrother, Mike, who goes by the name HOSKA, is gonna be performing too. There will be a lot of family involved.