Word On The Street: Hunter 505

Written by on September 22, 2019

So where are you from?

Sydney, Australia.

Tell us about how you got your start?

I’ve always been really drawn to music. I explored the history of hip-hop throughout my teenage years until the whole game started changing and the old school artists pitted themselves against the new school guys. i started digging the whole migos/lil yachty wave and experimenting with that style of music which inspired me to create my first ep cLOUDs.

How did you get your stage name?

My real name is hunter and 505 stands for sos. We all need saving on some level. there are so many important questions in the world at this stage that we aren’t even discussing, let alone close to answering.

I keep everything lowercase to eliminate the formality of it all; when we communicate informally through text and social media we completely disregard proper grammar so i wanted to match that vibe and keep it low-key.

What is your production/writing process?

I always start with the beat. When producing, i usually try to focus on creating unique sounds with some really powerful drum beats. i don’t like over-complicating it too much as it can be pretty disorienting as a listener to be hit with all these different parts all at once.

When writing, i play the beat and just start freestyling melodies, either with or without lyrics, to try to get a memorable hook. within a minute or so i see if i like anything i freestyled and, if i do, i punch it in. i tap into whatever i’m feeling at the time and articulate it poetically. if i wasn’t really feeling it then i ditch the whole thing and go to the next one. once I’ve got a hook down, i start writing the verses by exploring different branches off the hook’s concept.

Finally, i get pretty ruthless with the overall arrangement of the whole thing. i play the whole track from start to finish and if there’s any section that loses momentum, i rewrite it or outright cut it from the song. sometimes i’ll even just throw the whole song away. that ensures the consistency of quality.

You have a very unique hip hop sound for australia tell us how you found that pocket?

I come from a really barsy background which inspired me to work hard on wordplay, metaphors, rhyme schemes and overall technique. as i dove into the new school, it pulled me towards focusing on melody and delivery. after that, i became increasingly interested in different genres of music, and then music from different areas around the world, which taught me a lot about all the different ways you can create a song. the whole amalgamation of old school hip-hop, new school hip-hop, pop, rock, latin music, etc. has led to the unique sound i have. i’m really proud of it.

Can you tell us about how your new single came about? 

I just wanted to make an absolute banger that would go off at the club, a house party, wherever. my career has been starting to heat up so i was channeling that confidence while flexing with my melodies and writing techniques. i focused the song around the line ‘ghost don’t stop, no brakes’, i’m not stopping any time soon man, no brakes. the song drops may 6th on triple j unearthed and may 10th on all streaming services.

Any shows coming up?

I’ve got a show coming up in may at cali club and working out a few more as we speak.

When did you fall in love with Hip-Hop?

Back around 2009 was when i listened to my first full rap album: relapse byeminem. a lot of people consider it his worst album but my mind was completely blown by all the rhymes he lined up so effortlessly while telling such vivid stories. from then i just researched everything from west to east coast and once i heard dr. dre and wu-tang clan that was it; i was infatuated.

Who’s in your top 5 mcs of all time?

Since you asked mcs, i’m going off pure lyricism and delivery, disregarding the overall musicality of their work. royce da 5’9, eminem, andre 3000, the notorious b.i.g. and big l.

What local artist are you currently listening to?

Lately man I’ve been really fuckin with carmouflage rose. he’s got such a beautiful vibe and I really respect his experimentation in different genres. on top of that, i wanna give shouts out to wvs who are leading the aussie hip-hop revolution right now, as well as kwame, manu crooks and anfa rose. there’s a lot of great shit coming out of australia right now.

Tell us about your first gig?

My first gig was a month ago at the captain cook hotel. i actually lost my voice for the few days leading up to it but i definitely wasn’t going to let everyone down so i preserved it the best i could. when i hit the stage i just lost myself in the music and performed from my heart. everyone in the crowd lost it and went crazy which just drove me to go harder and harder. by the end of the show i’d converted everyone into a hunter 505 fan.

What has been your favourite career moment?

Honestly, my favourite moment was when i got home one night from a party at around 4am and i was on an absolute buzz. i was so keen to make some experimental music so i started checking out some beats, found this amazing shit and just wrote this song ‘enter the void’. that’ll be coming out later this year but holy shit i was like i’ve just made an absolute fucking banger and this is my job. i love my life.

What are you doing to help change the current aussie hip-hop prospective/stigma?

I think the whole stigma surrounding aussie hip-hop is based on the older music where it was very unashamedly aussie. i don’t even like that stuff myself; it’s so insular and regressive compared to the current climate. nowadays, australian artists are not just participating in their own australian market. due to the rise of streaming services we’re competing against artists throughout the world for listeners throughout the world.

I and all the other new aussie hip-hop artists are keeping the same energy that was always there but just contemporising it to the sound that’s popular now. we’re moving towards a more globalised, universal appreciation of music with influences from the us, the uk, europe, africa, etc. melting into each other. the faster we all catch up to this approach, the faster aussie hip-hop will be destigmatised.

What more can we expect from you?

I’ve got a lot in store for this year. i’m releasing a single every month which is really exciting. Additionally, i’m setting up some gigs for the rest of the year. 2019 is looking pretty good.

What do you want to be remembered for?

As an artist, consistent quality music. as a person, improving as many lives as possible.

Website: hunter505.com

Instagram: instagram.com/iamhunter505

Facebook: facebook.com/iamhunter505

Twitter: twitter.com/iamhunter505

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/artist/4ZBjDAODFDakorq3HXaGIy?si=UP55j3duRyaDRvR7TviDuQ

Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hunter-505/1455142761

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/iamhunter505

YouTube: http://youtube.com/c/hunter505

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