Hunter had to leave a few countries when his career as a nuclear detonator didn’t blow up. He then moved to LA because of all the table waiting opportunities he had heard about…
…which lead quite naturally into acting.
After saying “I’m not a real musician, but I play one on TV” a bit too often, he picked up the guitar for an acting part. This lead to a strange addiction of teaching himself a new instrument from library books every two months or so, until his apartment had amassed such a collection, people said “It looks like a Guitar Center threw up in your living room.”
After being very close friends for years, Hunter collaborated with David Marroquin on what would be their first music video ‘Leave the Cap off the Bottle,’ shot entirely on David’s new iphone. “We’re a great team! David does what you see, I do what you hear.”
This lead to their second project for LAPD officer and Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Cullins who had been wounded in Afghanistan. After hearing the 15 instrument song and getting a helicopter for the shoot, David said “I should probably shoot this on something better than my iphone.”
Now, Hunter does music videos from his home studio, where he’ll typically play 8 to 12 instruments per song, and anywhere from 3 to 8 vocal tracks, all in front of a video camera. The videos are then split screen edits of the live footage, but the really personal twist is when he puts his physics degree and addiction to learning into play by explaining some aspect of how the Universe works in a way most people wouldn’t ordinarily consider. For example: Emergent Phenomena and Consciousness, The Spiritual Implications of Biological Evolution, The Nature of Love and Free Will as Biological Processes, and soon, a basic description of Newtonian Gravitation to a cover of Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin.’
“When someone sees ‘Green,’ they may know it’s a combination of yellow and blue, but they only experience one color. A musician, on the other hand, hears a piano chord, and hears more than just one sound; the musician hears at least *three* notes fitting together. When most people hear music on the radio, they probably can’t tell you exactly what instruments are playing, they just hear the arising combination of sounds. Seeing the instruments being played as you hear them makes your brain process music in a different way, and that’s what I like to do. Just make people appreciate something in the Universe in a way they hadn’t before… -and read long bios.”