BWW Interview: David Hunter On The SILVER LININGS EP

BWW Interview: David Hunter On The SILVER LININGS EP

BWW speaks to David Hunter, who is currently playing Charlie Price in Kinky Boots, about releasing his debut EP Silver Linings today.

How long have you been writing your own music?

Since I was teenager. I realised it was a good way to woo girls. We wooed back then, it was a simpler time.

How would you describe your style of music?

I think it's so hard to describe your own music, you know it in too much detail, but I guess it's sort of acoustic pop/rock. Maybe I'm wrong.

Why do you feel like now is the time to release it?

I planned to release an EP just after my band broke up and that was eight years ago! It's really been about finding the time to do it. Balancing writing and recording with eight shows a week is really tricky. It's been a long time coming and I'm so excited it's ready for release.

Do you have a personal favourite track?

I think "Fleeting Beat" is my favourite at the moment. It's got such a great, upbeat groove and I love the lyric. "Sweet Sound" means the most though. I wrote it for my wife and surprised her with it on our wedding day.

Which other musicians did you work with on the EP?

The whole thing was created by myself and my very great friend Tim Prottey-Jones. Tim can basically play any instrument under the sun, so he was able to build up the full tracks at home whilst I strapped on the Kinky Boots eight times a week.

I'd send him a video of me playing the songs in my dressing room, break down the chords and offer a few ideas about how I'd like it to sound and he'd run with it. We recorded most of the EP without actually meeting up!

Who are your musical influences?

I always think back to the music I listened to in my late teens when I really started writing. Bands like Train and Maroon 5 coupled with the more acoustic sounds of Jason Mraz and John Mayer. Those are the acts that made me.

Will there be live shows to accompany the release?

I'll only be playing one intimate launch gig. It'll just be me and my guitar, playing and nattering. I can't wait!

Is there a difference in performing your own material to performing in a theatre show?

I like the ownership of playing your own stuff. Someone played Charlie Price before me and someone else will play him after; when I'm on holiday someone else plays him, and if he's off, someone else. This EP is my own thing and precious to me. I like that.

Finish this sentence: I would recommend Silver Linings EP to fans of...?

David Hunter. Surely they'll like it?!

Silver Linings EP is available on iTunes now.

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