Music Monday: Hunter Hunted Interview

For this week’s installment of our AEO Up Next series, we bring you the epitome of dream pop with LA-based Hunter Hunted. We sat down with Daniel Chang, one half of the duo, to chat about how he and Michael met and what inspires their sound. Check out their video for the single “Keep Together” and get to know them more after the jump!

AEO:  Tell me a little bit about how this band came together.

Hunter Hunted:  We started this project about a year and a half ago. Michael and I collectively had this desire to make a new sound that’s a little bit different from Lady Danville. And so a year after we just decided to branch off.

It’s funny because even as we grow up together. Our tastes and stuff still go kind of go hand-in-hand. So this project allowed us to explore different tastes and different directions together.

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Photo Credit: HunterHunted.com

AEO:  Did you grow up in Los Angeles?

HH:  No, I grew up in a small town in Northern California called Danville. Michael actually grew up in the same town but we met in college so we didn’t know that we grew up in the same town. We actually went to rival high schools.

But we met in college when we were auditioning for an acapella group.

AEO:  How would you say the area that you grew up in or the area that you lived in when you were in college affected the music that you make?

HH:  For me, I actually didn’t start playing music until I got to UCLA. And I was, ya know, a college kid with a guitar so a lot of my songs are sort of acoustic, singer-songwriter driven. Then when Michael and I got together, we were coming from the acapella world so a lot of our songs were very harmony-based because we were so used to singing together in harmony.

As far as how where we’re from informed our music, I guess, I don’t know. It’s funny because a lot of people identify our sound as having a sort of California-indie sound. Personally, I don’t know what exactly that sounds like but I guess I can kind of feel it.

AEO:  Yeah, that seems to be the difference between East and West coast artists. For some reason, the East is just a bit darker. Maybe it’s the weather.

HH:  True. Our songs have some darker meanings but I guess as far as how it comes across, the sound can be kind of a sparkly upbeat vibe. Some of the songs that have a darker meaning can be disguised with a poppy sound.

 

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#MUSIC MONDAY: AEO UP NEXT BTS 2 Playlist Curated by De Lux, Hunter Hunted and Strange Talk

This Back to School season, we’ve paired up with insane musical talent to bring you a killer playlist in our stores. Check out the list of songs curated by De Lux, Hunter Hunted and Strange Talk and be sure to listen along on Spotify.

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Air Dubai – Afterglow
Anna Lunoe – All Out
Miike Snow – Animal – Mark Ronson Remix
Fences – Arrows (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
Savoir Adore – Beating Hearts – French Horn Rebellion Remix
Chance Waters – Bonnie
Ray Foxx – Boom Boom (Heartbeat) – Radio Edit
Catey Shaw – Brooklyn Girls
Empire Of The Sun – Celebrate – Hook N Sling Remix
Pharrell Williams – Come Get It Bae
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)
Ra Ra Riot – Dance With Me
Hardwell – Dare You – Radio Edit
MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance
Kid Mac – Dream Weaver
Savoir Adore – Dreamers – Golden Pony Remix
Sia – Elastic Heart – From “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack
Tritonal – Electric Glow – Original Mix
Krewella – Enjoy the Ride
Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee
Ghost Beach – Every Time We Touch
Disclosure – F For You
The Black Keys – Fever
Pretty Lights – Finally Moving
Zedd – Follow You Down
Tiësto – Footprints
Dan Croll – From Nowhere
Sheppard – Geronimo
Bear Hands – Giants
The Naked And Famous – Girls Like You
TeamMate – Goldmine
Archipelago – Hang-up
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
i.am – Hello
Gorgon City – Here For You
The Ready Set – Higher
Tiësto – Let’s Go
Dylan Gardner – Let’s Get Started
Blondfire – Life of the Party
Bleachers – Like a River Runs
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes – Love Letter
Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
Foxes – Night Owls Early Birds
Great Good Fine OK – Not Going Home
Coasts – Oceans
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
Zinc – Only for Tonight
Fitz and The Tantrums – Out Of My League
Rudimental – Powerless – feat. Becky Hill [TIEKS remix]
Lilly Wood and The Prick – Prayer in C – Robin Schulz Radio Edit
Dana Buoy – Preacher
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Rango
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – All About She Remix
How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure
The Griswolds – Right On Track
Bleachers – Rollercoaster
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
Ghostland Observatory – Sad Sad City
Bad Suns – Salt (Peter Thomas Remix)
Colony House – Silhouettes
Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)
Fitz and The Tantrums – Spark
Samsaya – Stereotype
Vacationer – The Wild Life

What is your favorite song from the lineup? We would love to hear! Tell us in the comments below!

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Music Monday: Strange Talk Interview

Somewhere between indie pop and electronic dance music sits the stylings of Melbourne based band Strange Talk who just so happen to be our featured act this lovely Music Monday. We sat down with the multi-talented Gerard Sidhu to chat about the band’s formation and how they met. Get to know more about Strange Talk’s unique live show after the jump. And be sure to check out their new record, “Cast Away.”

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Strange Talk. Photo Credit: All Things Go Music.

AEO:  Did you guys all meet in Australia?

GS:  We all met in Melbourne. Steve, myself and Travis, our drummer, are all from a country town about two hours outside of Melbourne. And Gillian is originally from Tazmania. But everyone, after school, moved to Melbourne and we’ve all been based there for the last six or seven years, I think.

AEO:  Can you tell me a little bit about how Strange Talk was formed?

GS:  So basically, Steve and myself were more of a production duo. So I had a studio and was doing a lot more, kind of, dance tracks and remixes. And Steve and I met out one night while I was DJing at a club. And we just kind of got along at the same pace in music. We started chatting and he is actually a classically trained violinist.

So we got to talking. And I’ve always had a love for strings in an arrangement. So I asked him if he’d come in and record some live strings on a remix I was making. So he came in and we got along really well. And from that point, we just started working together on different projects and that just turned into Strange Talk.

We put out, like, five songs on Facebook, ahem, Myspace [laughs]. And we had a great response from labels that we didn’t expect. And all the sudden they were asking for a live show that we didn’t have. And that’s how we met Trav and Gil.

AEO:  That’s really interesting that it started out as a production duo and then you took it to a live show. What was your strategy there?

GS:  Having produced and mixed all the original music, we knew it inside out. And we knew what we could play live, and what we could put on a backing track. And because of my history with studios, I figured out how to set it all up.

So we just kind of went backwards, everything that we could play live we took out; all lead vocals, guitar, bass, snare, etc all came out. And anything that we can’t humanly play live, just because you know, you need 20 people on stage to do it, we put on a backing track.

AEO:  So what was your first live show like?

GS:  It was a long time ago now.

AEO:  How long ago?

GS:  It would’ve been like five years ago. And we were nervous as anything! I was feeling sick to my stomach, I think we all felt that. But it went really well. We were obviously nervous. We weren’t engaged as much with the crowd like we are now. And we were just focused on a playing a perfect show. And we did. There were no mess-ups.

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Bonus! Coming to an in store playlist near you on September 23rd.  We’ve got an amazing remix of Strange Talk’s “Morning Sun” Dillon Francis.

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AEO X Budweiser Made In America: Blogger #AEOStyle Roundup

This past weekend, as the official fashion partner of Budweiser Made In America, we celebrated great #AEOStyle, fantastic music and good vibes in L.A. and Philly. Check out some of our favorite blogger festival #AEOStyle in this weeks roundup.

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#AEOBMIA Photo Diary Recap

Last weekend, we celebrated great music from coast to coast at the Budweiser Made In America festival. Check out the photo diary below and watch the video created by Tobruck Ave. Want more sound? Listen to our Spotify playlist to recap the weekend and relive the awesomeness of the Budweiser Made in America festival.

Festival goers love their drawstring bags

Festival goers love their drawstring bags

Trop Rouge looks top notch in #AEOStyle.

Trop Rouge looks top notch in #AEOStyle.

Director of Styling, Preston took over our Instagram accounts this weekend to bring you live coverage.

Director of Styling, Preston took over our Instagram account over the weekend to bring you live coverage of the event.

Americas #1 couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce having  a blast.

Americas #1 couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce having a blast.

Grimes delivered a knockout performance in Philly.

Grimes delivered a knockout performance in Philly.

Pharrell's performance was amazing.

Pharrell’s performance was amazing.

Hey there, Jaden Smith!

Hey there, Jaden Smith!

 

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7 things we love…

After an exhausting (but amazing!) weekend at the Budweiser Made in America music festival, we’re back with another roundup that we put together just for you of all the things inspiring us right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING: DR. MARTENS
They’re been a cult classic for decades… and for good reason. Docs, as they’re more colloquially known, bring together every subculture from emo to punk. We’re super excited to be featuring them on our site for the very first time, and we’re totally digging the iconic 1460s in bold floral for girls and rugged leather for guys.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: COCONUT OIL, HONEY AND SEA SALT POPCORN
Is there anything better or more delicious than a bag of freshly popped popcorn? We think not. Snuggle up on the couch for a movie marathon with a bag of this tasty treat, which is not only super easy to make but perfect for savory and sweet lovers alike with its mix of coconut oil, honey and Himalayan pink sea salt.

WHAT WE’RE READING: DOROTHY MUST DIE BY DANIELLE PAIGE
The Wizard of Oz is one of those stories that seems to pop up in everyday conversation at least once. Think about it. Well, this book spins the story into a whole new tornado with its lead character, Amy Gumm, whose sole mission after being recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked is to—you guessed it—make sure everyone’s favorite Ruby Slippers-wearing heroine, well, dies.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: CANDIDLY NICOLE
We’ve been fairly obsessed with Nicole Richie ever since she first appeared on The Simple Life with Paris Hilton. And ever since, her various clothing and accessory lines have catapulted her into fashion super stardom (not to mention the fact that she constantly sets beauty trends). But it’s this show, with gems like her dad (yes, the one and only Lionel Richie) trying to teach her how to parallel park, that has us loving her more than ever.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: THE B612 APP BY LINE
Let’s “face” it… everyone takes selfies. Well, this app, which uses only your phone’s front-facing camera, is out to change them for the good, better, best. You can take a photo by touching any part of the screen and perfect it with 43 different photo filters. Oh, and it doesn’t make a shutter sound, so no one has to know what you’re really up to while you hold your phone in front of your face. Now come on, #letstakeaselfie.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: ANOTHER STORY BY THE HEAD AND THE HEART
Melancholy. Sweet. Romantic. Endearing. This song is all that and more. You know the quirky love story, Juno? That’s what this indie folk band from Seattle makes us think of every time we play it.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: THE JERSEY SHORE
Summer may be officially over, but we’re pretending it isn’t with one last trip to the beach. Whether you want to party like your favorite (least favorite?) friends from MTV’s now-kaput show or not, the Jersey Shore offers a little something for everyone. Spend a day at Six Flags Great Adventure, take in a minor league baseball game, visit a lighthouse, go out to the clubs, stroll up and down the boardwalk, just relax on the beach… it’s pretty obvious you’re bound to have a good time no matter what.

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