By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Previously known for big hits like “We’re Tired” (a Joyner Lucas collaboration) as the vocalist for The Blancos, Cory Heuston found it time to embrace his own musical shadow and has done just that with the release of ‘ORBS,’ the debut album for his solo moniker, Hueston.
Already a known name in the industry and eager to make a deeper impact, Hueston had nothing to lose with ‘ORBS’ and smoothly blended sleek trap-pop production and hooky synths with his trademark voice for a result that still blends in, yet stands out on its own.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to discuss ‘ORBS’ and more with Hueston, who has already garnered early praise for the release with songs like “Eyes Bleed Water,” which had its music video recently premiered.
Music Bugle – What was the biggest challenge in creating your debut album ‘ORBS’?
Hueston – There were no challenges, creatively. The whole project came out so naturally. It was really one coherent thought. The only challenge is to get Blancos fans aware of what i’m doing now.
Music Bugle – Looking back on your time with The Blancos, what comes to mind the most?
Hueston – Nothing. I can’t look back. I can’t live there. That door is closed for me. It was a beautiful moment and now, it’s gone. I wouldn’t change a thing. Without that experience, ‘ORBS’ wouldn’t exist.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Hueston – I think it does both. We are living in an age where “influencers” are trying to be “artists” and “artists” are trying to be “influencers”! It helps musicians get out there, but they have to make some corny ass YouTuber-style video to get people to click. The influencers can’t make a lick of music, so they just create some mindless stupid dance so people don’t pay attention to how bad their music actually is. (Laughs) I just do me and create what i like.
Music Bugle – What does today’s music industry need more of?
Hueston – Authentic artists. Back in the day, music influenced culture. Now, it’s the other way around. It seems like people are afraid to be outside of the boundaries, because they won’t fit in or be considered “cool.” Artists got famous back in the day because the music was groundbreaking. Now, it seems the “celebrity” side of it is way more important to them than the music.
Music Bugle – What are three of your favorite all-time albums?
Hueston – Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ AC/DC – ‘Highway To Hell’ and The Beatles – ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ I know you said three but, Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged’ album from 1994 is fucking incredible too!
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Hueston – To be honest, I’m listening to myself and Kanye. I’m not digging the music that’s out there right now. It does nothing for me.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Hueston – It was very tough in the beginning, but it forced me to take a look at myself in a very deep way. I had to go to the dark corners of my mind and make peace with those demons. In fact, that’s what ‘ORBS’ is about. The EP from start to finish is the story of that journey.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need an escape?
Hueston – To the studio! Literally, the most comforting thing to sit there alone and create. I feel like Bruce Wayne problem-solving in the Batcave.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
Hueston – I’m Batman.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for from the rest of 2021?
Hueston – I hope live shows open back up! I really miss performing! Nothin’ like connecting to a live audience.