• Friday, December 02, 2022

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Hit man Hunterz is on a music mission

SHOTS FIRED: Hunterz

By: Manju Chandran

BRITISH SINGER IS BACK WITH A NEW SONG AND STUDIO

by ASJAD NAZIR

AN IMPRESSIVE number of hit songs, a towering stage presence, cool collaborations and success around the world have turned Hunterz into a great British music hero.

The singer, songwriter, musician and composer is also one of the most talented artists around, which has been perfectly illustrated with the sheer range of projects he has done. This musical magnificence has led him towards founding new record and studio label London Inc. and making a comeback with top track Tera Dil Mujeh Dede, which sees him teaming up with terrific new singer Aminah.

Eastern Eye caught up with Hunterz to discuss his journey in music, new song, future plans and big unfulfilled ambitions.

Did lockdown give you a chance to look back on your musical journey?
I never look back and believe the past is the past. I have taken whatever I need to from the past, including important life lessons, and moved on. So, lockdown actually made me focus more on the future than ever before and all the amazing possibilities that lay ahead, including with London Inc.

You have shared videos of yourself in the studio. Has lockdown affected you creatively?
I am more creative than I have ever been because lockdown has given me time to focus
on what is about to become the most important part of my musical journey so far. So creatively, I feel more inspired than ever before and am really looking forward to sharing great new music with everyone.

Tell us about the kind of music that you have been creating?
I am known for my versatility and always pushing myself creatively. That didn’t change during lockdown. In fact, I pushed myself even more. This allowed me to produce music in a number of genres and styles, so expect a variety of songs and sounds.

Tell us about Tera Dil Mujeh Dede?
Tera Dil Mujeh Dede is one of my favourite songs I have ever done and was the perfect track to launch London Inc. with. The song features an exciting new artist called Aminah and is unique in that it has three languages – Hindi, Arabic and English over a drill beat, which is something I have not heard before.

How does this compare to other songs that you have released?
I am known for my quality, so this song is just a continuation of that, but I feel that it is at a much higher level, which is what an artist should be doing.

Is this track a new musical direction for you?
The track is a part of a whole new direction for me, not just musically but business wise too. It is the beginning of an exciting journey, which will include great music, big collaborations and some amazing new talent.

Who are you hoping connects with the song?
Judging from the reaction so far, it feels we have done something right because people from different backgrounds and musical tastes are connecting with it. This is a track that will connect with fans of my music, but people who listen to drill, Bollywood, Arabic and music that offers something new will also love it.

What can we expect next from you?
As I said earlier, I am about to go into the most important part of my musical journey so far and am really excited about that. So, you can expect non-stop music from now on with no gaps and some great new talent. Also, some game-changing stuff.

Tell us about the new studio and record label London Inc. you have set up?
Recently, there has been lots of excitement across my social media platforms after I announced that we are setting up offices and a studio in London near Westminster Abbey! This has all been made possible by a new and amazing team that I am now working with – all will be revealed in the coming weeks.

How much do you miss performing live?
Although lockdown gave me a chance to focus in the studio, the biggest downside has
been not being able to perform live. I can’t wait to rock some stages again! Hopefully, this pandemic will end soon and we can all be together again, but until then, please stay safe and follow all the rules.

You have achieved a lot, but musically what is your biggest unfulfilled ambition?
I am truly grateful for what I have received and done so far. But one of my biggest ambitions is to get my music into Bollywood and Hollywood. I also want to tour with an outstanding band of my choice and will fulfil these ambitions for sure.

Today, what does music mean to you?
Music is a way of life for me and always has been! It is my spiritual connection to this world and a blessing.

What music dominates your playlist?
I am a multi-genre artist, so one style doesn’t dominate my playlist. I listen to everything and if you love music then that is how it should be.

What inspires you?
Music inspired me and always will. The creative process, melody, rhythm, nature and good people inspire me greatly. I am also inspired by all the heroic frontline workers, doctors and nurses, who have just been amazing throughout this pandemic.

Why should we pick up your new single?
This is a new beginning for me. I am reborn musically and you will hear it in every piece of music that I touch, including this new song. It’s the beginning of a special journey and I hope you all accompany me on it.

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