An Evening with HALA in the Heart of Queens: An Interview and Artist Spotlight
By: Erin Christie
HALA, the pride and joy of Detroit-local Ian Ruhala, is composed of the 21-year-old alongside Jake LeMond on bass, guitarist Austin Blicher, and John Kick tying everything together on the drums. Recently signed to Biker Gang Booking and just off touring with label-mates, BOYO, Ian noted how surreal it felt to be part of a label alongside acts such as Bane’s World and Innerwave: “Working with Biker Gang, booking shows has been really cool! Hopefully one day Hala will get the chance to play with some of our other roster-mates. Playing with BOYO was incredibly fun, each and every night we were with them.” Based on the atmosphere within the small café turned music venue on the night that they played, I can safely say that the audience, myself included, had just as much of a good time!