Hunter and the Wick'd - 10 Questions Music Interview
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for We Are the Music Makers.' Hunter and the Wick'ds song, "I Don't Wanna Talk Right Now " was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Love song. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started writing solo piano music when I was in my teens and I won several music competitions back then. Also i listened to the radio all the time, and i do mean all the time. So between the piano and the radio, I was constantly being stimulated with music of all genres. But actually my songwriting started when I was in studying music in college.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Having a music career in and of itself is crazy in this current social climate. So perhaps the craziest thing is that as musicians, one keeps going, creating new music, playing open air venues, and maintaining musical connections.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Moving to the desert.....it changed everything. I was living in LA, but the pace, the cost, it was overwhelming. I found the desert to be a place to breathe and expand. So many greats have been inspired by the starkness, openness, peacefulness and spirituality of deserts.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I beliee that strong feelings prompt the doors of creativity to open. So I write when moved by something, a word, a thought, an idea, that touches my emotions. Does it resonate in my heart, my solar plexis, my soul......that point of originate that informs the type of song that is to be written.
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?
When growing up, I wanted to be a part of Motown. I wanted to write, tour, sing with the legends, be a part of it all. It seems now that that is all part of some ancient history. So how can the music industry change.....bring back the magic of recording and performing and of course fair royalty payments. Perhaps a lot of that is up to the music makers, but to be supported by your work, your art, that has been greatly diminished if not taken away for most musicians.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Tracy Chapman. She was very influential. I have also been very influenced by middle eastern music and drumming.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
It depends, of course, on the venue/event. Thom and I get together and choose the songs, work out the arrangements and then work through the program. It’s always interesting to decide on instrumentation for each song......we usually play as a duo, but we both play a variety of instruments, so choosing the instruments that are the most fun to play on a particular song, is kind of a blast!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Well, I wrote this song called Saturday Night in Joshua Tree, it’s not so mich that it was difficult to wrtae as it has proven to be difficult to get to the essence of how it should be or needs to be recorded.......hoping to get that straightened out in time for the next recording studio visit.
What's coming up in the future? Making a recording of new material.....
Tell us where fans can access your music?