Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jay Interviews Jason Dunn from Hawk Nelson

I recently had the chance to ask Jason Dunn, frontman for Hawk Nelson a few questions about their latest studio project Crazy Love. Below are my questions in white, followed by Jason's answers in orange. Enjoy!

Q: For those who don't know, where did the name "Hawk Nelson" originate?
A: The name Hawk Nelson came from a video game character I created when I was 14 years old.

Q: Crazy Love goes back to Letters to the President days, with more of the classic punk sound. What was the inspiration behind this?
A: Crazy Love is our 5th studio album. Over the years we've toyed with other sounds. It felt good to go back to our punk rock roots on this record.

Q: The title track has been receiving a lot of acclaim on Christian radio. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the lyrics of this track?
A: Crazy Love was inspired by Francis Chan's book of the same title.

Q: My favorite track from Crazy Love was "My Next Breath," which has a very encouraging message about our desperate need for God. I also heard that it was very personal to you as well. Can you tell us what inspired this wonderful track?
A: My Next Breath is a song of thanks to God for His blessings on our lives and how we literally need him more than our very breath.

Q: Humor finds its way to Crazy Love on the one minute track "LAX" about your hate of airports. How does a humorous track such as "LAX" come about?
A: LAX was written on the way to the airport about 7 years ago. I think it's healthy to vent ;)

Q: Why does the message of changing the world around us play such an important role in Hawk Nelson's music, considerably such songs as "We Can Change the World" and "One Shot"?
A: We as a band want to encourage our brothers and sisters in their walk. Obviously we all live in a world that is in need, and we could all use a little change. In my opinion it's worth singing about.

Q: Personally speaking, which track from Crazy Love was most significant to you and why?
A: "We Can Change the World" means the most to me, due to the fact that it was my least favorite song going into the recording process. Thankfully, producer Ian Eskelin saved it with his magical touch. Now it's one of my favorites.

Q: I loved The Light Sides CD, since listeners got a chance to hear Hawk Nelson's greatest hits done acoustically. What was the inspiration behind this 11-track acoustic album?
A: Our record label, Tooth & Nail had suggested we release a "best of" record. I thought it would be fun to revisit some of our older stuff and make them new again.

Q: Musically and lyrically, it seems that Hawk Nelson has a bit of everything -- from worship to punk, from seriousness and relationships to humor. What would you say are some of the inspirations behind Hawk Nelson's music and ministry as a band?
A: I will always write and sing from my heart. I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about chicks, or airports or relationships. I'm not afraid to sing about that kind of stuff. I guess that makes me 2-dimensional ha!

Special thanks to Jason Dunn from Hawk Nelson for taking the time for this interview! Check Hawk Nelson out at their website here, or like them on Facebook here!

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the artist/group in this interview are not necessarily those held by the author of this site. Thank you. 


  1. Nice interview! Now I know where Hawk Nelson got their name from :D

  2. Cool interview! Hawk Nelson is an awesome band!

  3. AWESOME Interview JaY! Really good answers too! :)

  4. awesome interview! i love 'crazy love' and 'the light sides'...and jason! :)

    my favorite song is "one shot" as of right now. what was your favorite song on the cd?

  5. Thanks, guys! Glad you enjoyed reading this!

    @Anna: My favorite song off the album was definitely "My Next Breath"! Very Christ-centered, and very worshipful as well. :)

  6. Yeah, Hawk Nelson has gotten better with Crazy Love, but I remember some of his past songs that didn't seem very Christian at all (Every Little Thing, Letters to the President, Everything You've Ever Wanted, These Are the Things We Go Through). Now yes, he does through in "God" and "Jesus" somewhat frequently, but the message isn't Christian really at all.

    I'm glad he keeps it morally pure, but it still isn't all that appropriate. It's kinda disturbing to see him say that he still thinks about "chicks", because, as far as I think I've heard, he's married! So how can he still think about other girls?

    Don't get me wrong, I love Hawk Nelson music (Every Little Thing is one of my favorite songs), but I just wish he'd be more Christian and outspoken about his beliefs.

  7. @Anon: That is why I included the disclaimer at the end... what the artist says is not necessarily endorsed by me simply because I post this interview. I completely agree with you though. Thanks for sharing what is on your mind. :)

  8. Well done Jay on asking some very detailed questions. It was just disappointing that Jason answered your excellent questions with short answers. :(

  9. @GTR: Thanks, Sam! Glad you enjoyed my questions! :) I was actually thinking the same thing, but Jason was on tour when I received the answers, so it's somewhat understandable. I would have liked to see him expound more on the question about the radio single though...

  10. haha, i just now realized you said in the post your favorite song was "my next breath". *head/desk*

    anon: i think hawk nelson is outwardly open about their faith. i mean, they did go into Christian music instead of mainstream, and that says a lot to me personally. but that's definitely my opinion, and you're most definitely entitled to yours :)

    -anna :)

  11. Good interview with Jason Dunn from Hawk Nelson I enjoyed it :)


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