Hastings 3000 is a one person conceptual rock show with a gas mask, psychotic guitars (sometimes double-neck bass and guitar), a smoke machine, pounding tribal beats, lasers, 60's sci-fi samples, and socially conscious political lyrics. While deconstructing the traditional rock n' roll band, Hastings 3000 plays a stripped down partially homemade drum kit that he can play using both of his feet, playing guitar and bass with either his hands or a pencil, and singing through a distorted echo-plex with the high energy stylings of 70's punk to retro 80's electro.
Hastings 3000 plays approximately forty-seven different instruments and performs live typically playing seven at the same time. The debut album is entitled, A New Monster. The album was released on Bare Ass Records (Kailua, HI) and distributed in Japan by Chicken Katsu Records (Okinawa, Japan). On the album, he performed live in the studio to create the realistic live sound experience with many instruments (some overdubs). The list includes: Theremins, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, synthesizers, piano, Fender Rhodes, tambourines, marching snare drums, Ebow electro-magnetic bow, tympanis, bongos, congas, electric bass, hi-hats, 12-string guitar, environmental percussion such as telephone pole wires, detuned distorted electric 12-string guitars, kick drum, chimes, bells, voice processors, hand claps, Alesis Micro synth, Boss drum machine, Dr. Sample, African auxillary percussion, environmental recordings and natural voice.
In addition to producing his own music, (over four hundred hours of recordings) Hastings 3000 has performed with and tour supported: Gene Ween and Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Murder Junkees (G.G. ALLIN), (interviewed with Chuck Berry), Hubert Sumlin (Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters), Robert Gordon band featuring Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Chris Spedding (Roxy Music), Pinetop Perkins, Jonny Lang, Odd Jobs who toured in support with DJ Shadow (Caroline), R.L. Burnside (Fat Possum), Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü, Nova Mob ), Slim Dunlap (The Replacements), Levon Helm (The Band), James Cotton, Chris Valdala (Chuck Mangione) and Mike Vax (Tower of Power) and Retribution Gospel Choir (Alan Sparhawk). As a founding member of F*** Knights (Munster Records), Black Diamond Heavies, Black Time, Recorded an album with Gary Burger of The Monks, Brimstone Howl, Crusaders of Love, Fleshtones, Greenhornes, Human Eye, The Hussy, Hypstrz, Jacuzzi Boys, King Khan & BBQ Show, Lover!, Monotonix, Peelander-Z, The Points, Juke Joint Duo (Lightin' Malcolm and Cedric Burnside), and with Minneapolis based Trim Reaper, C. J. Ramone (The Ramones).
Hastings 3000 has toured throughout the United States, Polynesia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Africa, United Kingdom, Iceland, Netherlands, Belgium, Puerto Rico, and Japan. He has played festivals and venues such as: Mt. Baker Blues Fest (Mt. Baker, WA), Stone Arch Festival (Minneapolis, MN), Experience Music Project Main Stage (Seattle, WA), Festival for Project Earth, 10,000 Lakes Festival, South By Southwest Music Festival 2011 (Austin, TX), Hoolie Fest, BBQ and Blues Festival, Deep Blues Festival, Surly Festival, Schlitz Kickin' Festival, Memory Lanes Block Party, Art-A-Whirl Festival, Zombie Pub Crawl Festival, Sound Unseen Music and Film Festival, CMJ (New York).
Hastings 3000 has been featured or interviewed in documentaries (TPT/PBS), national and international newspapers, television shows (Nippon TV - Japan), cable broadcasts (CNN), radio broadcasts, film, video and guitar magazines.