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Hunting Giants – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

HG: We love the groove and keeping it flowing.  We have heavier aspects to our music but our melodic nature ties them into a smooth experience. We love exploring ideas in our music and telling stories in our lyrics.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

HG: Three of our four members played in the progressive rock band, Oddchild during the late 2000s in the Canadian west coast music scene, while the vocalist was a member of alternative metal band Distant Calm in Alberta.  The band united in 2017 and promptly recorded Skyward Eyes, our first EP, and have been writing music together ever since.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

HG: We are driven to write music by both the love of exploring music as well as challenging ourselves to expand our boundaries.  We love Opeth, Mudvayne, Tool, I Mother Earth, Alice in Chains, and Rammstein. We tell stories within our music and explore ideas within the framework of rhyme and rhythm.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

HG: We aspire to get better than we were yesterday, to write more passionate songs, to challenge ourselves and our capacity to perform. We aspire to light a fire in others, to help them believe that they can make a difference in their own lives as well as the world.  That they can conquer their own giants.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

HG: Our proudest moment was when we had finally finished recording the full album and we were listening to it for the first time after it came back from mastering.  We had saved a bottle of champagne for years in preparation for this moment. It was fulfilling to have made real what we heard within us.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

HG: We have had the pleasure of working with Jon Asher of Asher Media Relations and he has been able to drum up a great deal of interest in our release.  Mad props to Jon!  We have also been learning how to use social media advertisements for the past few years and run Spotify and Sales campaigns for both Instagram and Facebook.  While it seems daunting to grasp, these skills are incredibly valuable.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

HG: Our bassist, Corey Wharton, is a great communicator and networker, he is our main source of gigs. We have worked with amazing companies like Journeyman Productions and Invisible Orange. We promote our upcoming shows on all our social media platforms and on our website, www.huntinggiants.com.
We have a few exclusive house parties booked and our CD release show will be in early December, at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, Canada.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

HG: There is no use in fighting the future, we have to learn to adapt to the current reality of streaming. Merchandise like vinyl, T-shirts, and CDs are still a valid source of income for the modern band.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

HG: We wish we would have recorded Bohemian Rhapsody because it is such a magnificent piece of music.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

HG: It would be interesting to play more gigs in rental halls rather than bars.  It might set a much different and healthier environment.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

HG: We are just about to release our first full-length album, Mythos and are filming and editing videos for as many songs as we can.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online? 
HG: Visit HuntingGiants.com for merch, streaming, and everything else!

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