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Hunter Gatherer

Q: When did you decide that a career in music was for you?


A: We are constantly deciding a career in music is for us, we just haven’t yet earned a point where we can begin to earn from doing this. However the thrill we get from being in the band, recording/playing live shows is priceless. 


Q: Who are your musical inspirations and why?


A: Big inspiration from growing up were AC/DC, their unpredictable and seemingly spontaneous performance triggered something from an early age. More legends such as Fleetwood Mac/Dire Straits/Pink Floyd all play a part and naturally growing up discovering the likes of Linkin Park/Blink 182/RATM then towards Lower Than Atlantis/Boston Manor/Don Broco etc, we could have given you the short answer which is - we’re constantly inspired haha. 


Q: What song of yours best describes you and why?


A: Out of the songs we’ve released so far, Day & Night is the one which best describes us. It has groove, a heavy riff and a big chorus which we like to try always deliver. The only thing lacking is a guitar solo but we like to save the majority of guitar solos for our live shows as a little add on to our performance. 


Q: What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?


A: 2023 was a really good year for us, each gig felt like it out performed the previous but a highlight was supporting DeadFlight at The Fulford Arms York. Sam’s amp actually blew during our second song so he had to quickly go through a spare amp, loosing all his effects but this gave us a point to prove and the audience were really receptive and it was such a nice energetic, lovely, playful atmosphere. To top it off it was a huge honour to be supporting DeadFlight. 


Q: If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?


A: A huge achievement for where we are now would be to play Key Club in Leeds. We have had lots of amazing nights and watched big bands in there, that is the level we want to reach next. 


Q: What do you like best about being a musician and why?


A: Sounds cheesy but we feel like we are delivering a little bit of escapism during our performance, and everybody loosens up and joins in and that is our favourite part of being a musician. Being able to collaborate ideas together, bring them to life in the studio and then unleash them to a live crowd is really addictive. I guess it brings us a sense of meaning just to finish this off with a bit more cheese. 


Q: What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?


A: We all went to Slamdunk 23 together and that was one of the best days ever. Of course looking at the stages we couldn’t help fantasise playing there one day. We saw Underoath/PVRIS/Yellow Card/Vumovi we saw them all! Was nice to bump into a couple of lads from Foxhaunt in the crowd. 


Q: What would your ideal festival line up be and why?


A: The lineup would be quite mixed. We would pay for Lower Than Atlantis to get back together and play a one off, have up and coming bands such as Headcage, Heartsink, Last One Home, Towhead, and then get Wolfgang Van Halen, Feeder, Nickleback, PVIRS, Paramore, Fightstar, get Busted on there too, then casually have AC/DC headline. 


Q: What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?


A: Honestly a lovely achievement over the last year has been getting brand new music out and watching our audience grow a little, it means so much to us. As for a future achievement - Slamdunk is an absolute goal! We want to push as much as we can and see what happens. We are enjoying ourselves along the way so if nothing comes of it then actually no, we must play Slamdunk!! 


Q: If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?


A: right now Sam is away travelling and has no job! So we best crack on this summer and make things happen! As for Lucas and Ted I’m sure they would just get together and jam all day and all night. 


Q: Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?


A: social media really helps us in between gigs, as like a tool to remind people you exist. It’s also an awesome way to stay in touch with the bands and audience members we meet. It can takeaway a bit of value I guess once you look at social media strategies but I guess that is the current way to promote at the moment. 


Q: How would you answer the question Who are Hunter Gatherer and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?


A: In short we always say ‘Full-Fat Alternative-Rock’ because it feels nice to say. We unleash energy on stage which I guess is kind of held in through the day when we’re just being our normal selves, we’re pretty laid back. 


Q: What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?


A: I think a big pointer would be to book a gig as soon as you have 6-7 songs because you can let time pass worrying that your not prepared enough when really you start learning and developing as soon as you perform in front of people. 


Q: If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?


A: Boston Manor would be ridiculous!! Feel they relate to us and absolutely love the rhythm and bounce they have, I think a collab with them would SLAP! 


Q: If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?


A: Here We Go by Lower Than Atlantis. It’s an absolute anthem that can never be exhausted. Really super jealous and also happy that song exists. Please get back together lads!?! And also, collab maybe? 


Q What things make you uncomfortable?


A: Politics. We want to create escapism and unity rather than risking any devision in the audience. Because at the end of the day, most people want the best for each other anyway, so watching a room connect in front of us 40 minutes or so is way more important to us and speaks more than what words can. 


Q: If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?


A: An introduction where we meet each other for the first time, become brothers and hear a whole load of ambition grow, including plenty of skateboarding, pubs, tree climbing, love and swear words. 


Q What has the rest of the year got in store for you?


A: once Sam is back from travelling this spring we are going in deep and gigging as much as we can to keep the momentum going. We have plenty to record through the year and can’t wait to share more of the Hunter Gatherer story! Thank you so much for giving us this interview we really appreciate it! Sam, Lucas, Ted. 

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