Interview by Caleb Sweeting
Here at YEWTH we truly believe that in order to be an on the pulse music listener you need to do more than just plug your headphones in and hit a SoundCloud link recommended by triple j…
Music is more than what goes into your ears; it’s also about the way an artist connects with a crowd and draws you into their aura. We witnessed Adelaide’s (Madeleine) Hunt when she supported The Preatures at Fat Controller back in January, and we were instantly hooked to her airy vocals, soaked in synth-pop and driven by a steady electro beat. So much so that we had to ask her some questions about her latest musical project and first new release since her debut EP Hollow in 2014, a three-part EP dubbed the Empire series.
What has been the process of putting together these three tracks for the EP?
I usually start by singing a random little hook to my cat, or in my bedroom, or to myself in my car. Once I’m convinced it's catchy I take it to my bedroom studio where I write the chord progressions, synth lines, basic drum sounds etc. I track the vocals and once the songs are up to a decent standard I get some help from my producer mates and they're able to get things sounding shiny.
What is the Empire series?
The Empire series is all about keeping things organic and honest. It's very much back to basics and all about me writing for myself instead of over-thinking the process. ‘Thought I Could’ is particularly special, being the first song I attempted to produce by myself.
What was the inspiration?
The series evolved from continually running into old friends. They always looked intimidatingly enthusiastic when asking me what I was doing with my life and my music. a question I really didn’t know the answer to. But reflecting now on the years gone by, anticipating the future, I can tell them I’m building my empire.
Tell us about the concept of releasing the tracks in installments? An even better for free!
Yeah, who doesn’t love free music...?
After not releasing any original music for a while (post Hollow) it seemed necessary to rebuild my audience in a momentous way. It all kinda comes back to that saying; ‘out of sight, out of mind…’
Has Adelaide been a good place to grow musically?
I've developed a really strong group of friends in the scene who have all been incredibly supportive and taught me so much about the industry and music making process. It would be so tough to do what I’m doing without these guys <3. The scene is definitely evolving and it's exciting to be able to witness the growth.
What are your plans for the rest of the year? I mean you've already supported The Preatures, I guess the sky is the limit at the moment?
I seriously hope so… That was such an epic show and it made me super hungry for more (read our review here). I spend a lot of time in my bedroom studio making the tunes so it's easy to forget that other people may be moved by them. I find it hugely reassuring to see people appreciating and recognising the music I make.
This year is all about putting pen to paper, pumping out more material, playing more live shows and learning new tricks. It would be wicked to do some touring this year and support more amazing artists. Once the last few tracks of the Empire series have been released I would love to follow that up with a couple of single releases and collaborations!
While Hunt says the series is about “admitting defeat and exposing my faults", she actually uses the EP to showcase her talent by embracing negative energy, to create angelic-sounding music.
'Destructive' (Empire Pt.1) is built on wobbly synth-lines and driven by an electro beat and chiming soundscapes.
'Thought I Could' (Empire Pt.2) has a Mariah Carey flavour, but a lot less cheesy – with wispy vocals that will melt your heart and leave you wanting more.
Be sure to follow Hunt on Facebook and stay tuned for Empire Pt.3 coming soon!
We really can’t get enough of Hunt and are stoked to announce she will be supporting Moses Gunn Collective in our YEWTH presents live music and DJs at Pirie & Co. Social Club on Friday the 26th of February, so rip out those headphones and come see her in the flesh. See ya there!
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