It has been a long time since we at TastyFresh were able to sit down with Andy Hunter and have a bit of a chat about what he has been up to. Last time we found him, he had just finished up his latest album Colour and scored the soundtrack for Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed with Robbie Bronnimann. This time around he has just released his new EP entitled Collide after spending several months touring in South America. Andy was kind enough to take some time away from his busy schedule to give us an update and answer some questions. So take a read!
TF: So it has been a while since the last time we talked, 2008 I believe. I know you have been pretty busy, what have you been up to since then?
AH: That’s quite along time ago so I will write down what pops into my head. I have been scoring some films with Robbie Bronnimann, working some music for Disney and Microsoft. Touring, mainly in Europe and Latin America. Places Like Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala. Last year I started work on Collide and released that back in December. Also I am trying to get another music project of the ground which I am hoping 2011 will see that come about.
TF: I have heard you had a fairly serious touring schedule the last few months. Where have you been and what has it been like?
AH: The USA, as well as Colombia, Argentina. I really have been enjoying my trips certainly experiencing new cultures and countries.
TF: What does the next year or so look like for your tour schedule?
AH: I’m getting excited about this coming year. I am coming back to the States a bit more after not playing there too much. I’m getting a lot of interest from the festivals which is great. Also I am going back into Europe playing festivals there, things start to kick in from March onwards so for now I’m focused in the studio.
TF: Djing these days is being influenced greatly by recent developments in technology. How has the new djing technology influenced how you perform live?
AH: I switched over to Abelton Live after Colour so I have been running my show from that using Novation controllers and synths.
TF: Are the lines between live PA and DJ set starting to blur for you?
AH: I guess after changing my set up I am not seeing myself as djing, more performing my own material. I still like to throw in killer tracks though that I wish that I had written.
TF: Let’s talk about the new EP. I love it, but it is really different than the rest of your work so far. Tell us a little bit about it.
AH: Collide came about because I was aware that I hadn’t released anything for a couple of years and that people wanted new music from me. I wasn’t working on a full album as I had other commitments that were taking my time so I thought it would be great to release some of the tracks I had specifically written for my live shows and get them out to my fan base. I guess I would see the tracks a little more raw that my previous albums, not so polished and also I didn’t work with any singers either.
TF: What was your inspiration for it?
AH: As usual most of my inspiration comes through my relationship with God and what I feel he is saying to me at particular times in my life. On Automatic for instance is a realization of my life being like a robot and doing the same thing over and over and how you lose creativity caught in that cycle. Annihilate is a prayer to destroy that cycle. You can also hear me talk about it here: YouTube
TF: Can we expect some more EPs coming out in the near future?
AH: I released Collide myself, not through a record label. So far it’s gone really well and I really appreciate (like never before) my fans for spreading the word and supporting it. It was almost like a test to see what would happen and I am really pleased with the outcome. I will certainly start work on a new EP for release, this maybe the way to go as I can get music out there quicker.
TF: Where do you see the dance music industry going? What will it look like in 2 years, 5 years?
AH: That’s such a hard question to answer, as usual I guess it will diversify and new genres will come (and go). We will see some influence come from early 90’s music/sounds but with modern day twist. Be really interesting to see where technology goes and how that will effect the sounds that we produce.
We opened up the Tastyfresh forums for some questions for you. So here are some of the ones asked.
Xen Ochren: How does being publicly known as a Christian affect the way punters respond to you in a crowd?
AH: Most of the time you get respect, certainly if you play a good show. Sometimes people don’t understand why a christian is into EDM. My experience has been a positive one.
Brighton Dave: How would you support young people who have a passion for EDM when the clubbing culture has many pitfalls and is looked down upon in there Christian circle?
AH: We need to be free to explore our creativity and our passions in the boundaries of our relationship with God. For me we need to be salt and light, bringing out the God flavors and colours in the world, we can’t do that if we are never allowed outside the church walls. I would support young people but would say that accountability with friends and Church leaders is essential.
Kneesha: What is it like to be in an industry that many Christians think is playing “devil music” and how do you respond to that?
AH: Sometimes when people have that opinion it is hard to respond because they have made their mind up and are unwilling to hear a different view. I tend to smile sweetly and move on.
The Nomaly: From getting an idea to mastering, can you give an overview of your production process?
AH: Once I have an idea, I start with beats and getting a groove. Add a bass line then work the hook or vocal idea. Once I have this in place I start mapping out the arrangement, then I start to add transitions, break down, fills, FX. All the time I’m working the mix, I then tend to leave it for a few days, a week and go back with fresh ears. Sometimes I either then delete parts and work new ones or just tweak until I feel it’s finished. Also I will check mixes/arrangements by playing them out and then I can see response from the crowd.
The Nomaly: What advice would you give to Christians who aspire to be electronic music producers?
AH: Get inspiration, and produce from there. Be the best you possibly can be and also be realistic with what your ears are hearing. I always ask myself, do I love that sound? If i don’t it gets deleted or I work it until I do love it.
Jeremy Lynch: What do you want your listeners and fans to take away from your music? From your performances?
AH: Depth. That’s there is something deep about my music/performances and that depth coming from an experience with God. If people can engage by praying or worshipping through my music/performance then I have reached my goal.