Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: H.I.S.D.

Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.

Catch up with the other showcase nominees and see the rest of our HPMA coverage

Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?

H.I.S.D.: It was October 13, 2007 at the Proletariat on Richmond. Hopefully I spelled that right, lol. It's no longer open, but was a staple on the scene for a good while. I can remember it being a rainy day/night, however you couldn't tell from how packed it was and all the love that was inside the building.

RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?

H.I.S.D.: Warehouse Live.

RO: How often do you play in the area?

H.I.S.D.: Pretty often. Right now we've kinda scaled down our performances to work on our third LP. But we still get around.

RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.

H.I.S.D.: Spaced.

RO: How did you come up with your name?

H.I.S.D.: In one of our sessions. We were throwing names around and came up with H.I.S.D. (Hueston Independent Spit District). It's a reflection of how we view ourselves in terms of the music. We see ourselves as teachers and students of music.

RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?

H.I.S.D.: We want to be able to continue spacing up and putting out music that people can gravitate to. Performing all over, opening a new lane for hip-hop music.

RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?

H.I.S.D.: Create music that will stand the test of time, so when we do decide to pack it in, the music will stay and be appreciated forever.

Get Spaced with H.I.S.D on their Web site, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

H.I.S.D. Performs at the HPMA showcase 6 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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