Hunter and the Wick'd
Hailing from California, in a place called Wonder Valley, Hunter and the Wick’d are a new folk/American group founded by singer-songwriter Miri Hunter. Regular performing members include: Thom Merrick on bass, who also co-wrote several of the songs for the CD; Rick Chaffee on lead guitar; and Erik Mouness on drums and percussion. The band has released their debut 10-track self-titled album filled with songs inspired by the Joshua Tree desert. Hunter and the Wick’d perform throughout Southern California in places such as the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, Ghenghis Cohen in LA, the Soundstage in Pioneertown and various other venues in the Hi Desert and Las Vegas.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Honestly, I think my favorite songwriting team is Elton John and Bernie Taupin. They have inspired me for years. I’m pretty old school when it comes to songs and I canthink of very few people who can write melodies like Elton. Also the songwriters at Motown. I’m pretty old school when it comes to my music choices, it the classics are classic.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I actually moved to the desert to get away from it all. I think it’s crazy that I just got more and more creative. I guess the universe works that way sometimes.....
What has been the high point of your music path?
Meeting my songwriting partner. Up until then I didn’t think that writing with someone else was a possibility. I think of songwriting as a very intimate and personal process. I still write solo, but it’s a new world knowing that you can have that intimate of a relationship with someone else.....you know someone else thinks kinda like you only different.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
t’s all about the feeling. My inspiration comes from tapping into some deep reservoir of emotion that I want to bring to the surface and share.....
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Royalties.....I mean lack of royalties. I can see that there have been downloads/sales, but I do not see the royalty checks.......
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Elton John. Or if I could go back in time, I would love to meet JS Bach in Leipzig and share a beer and exchange song ideas.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are fun. I am friends with the people I play with, so we are working. It’s intense, playful and a lot energy is expended. We all have to be happy with the sound and we work until we get the sound that we all are happy with. Of course, that makes the gig more fun!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Dance Like you’re Falling in Love” was my first co-write. When I started it, it was suppose to be just a feel good dance tune. I played it for my bassist and he picked up a guitar and started playing a one note riff......it completely changed the concept of the song. It became an anthem for living in the desert.
What's coming up in the future?
Working on a tour for this summer, writing and recording until then.....new music coming soon!
Tell us where fans can access your music?