With a sound she likes to describe as meditative, Hunter Rose is a neo-soul songstress to watch. Maximizing her time spent in Europe last year to produce Slow Summer, a collaborative EP with two German producers Clap Cotton and Loop Schrauber, she is geared up to release her first solo project, Love & Trust slated to drop in February 2020.
She opened up to me about what she struggles with most, what she wants people to know about her as an artist, and what we can look forward to hearing from her in the next few months.
For those who are unfamiliar with Hunter Rose and her music, she dives into warm, deep and vibrant sound. She aims through her art, to reflect her truth, and inspire others to live theirs, unapologetically and intentionally so.
Hunter maintains a certain humility when talking about her music, which is refreshing considering that she clocked a steady string of sold-out shows during her European tour in 2018. It is likely her background which has brought her to the doorstep of a very successful career in music, despite her reservations. Hunter notes that even though music was such an intrinsic aspect of the way she was raised, at one point she actively tried to steer clear of the industry. However, she soon found herself on a big stage, with a mic in hand.
Hunter, although relatively new to the music industry, has experienced accelerated growth by going out on her own and exploring unlikely connections. Her roots are in Cape Town, but a lot of the headway she has made in her career has been achieved outside South African borders.
The inspiration for Slow Summer was discovered during a spontaneous freestyle show she did one sunny afternoon in Germany, with the two producers she would later collaborate with on the EP. “Clap Cotton, Loop Schrauber and I spent the afternoon jamming as people passed by,” she explains. “I was surprised at how easily we made everything sound so “prepared” because we literally just flowed the entire time and that was the first time we met and played together. Thereafter, they both sent me beats.” The project was wrapped up and mastered at Red Bull Studios in Cape Town once she returned from Europe.
On what her biggest obstacles have been as she navigates through this highly competitive industry, Hunter Rose cites herself as her biggest critic. It is perhaps due to the fact that her music is so personal to her, that she feels the need to accurately represent this in every project that she puts out.
“Most of the challenges have been very personal, every moment leading up to a performance or studio session, because at the end of the day, that sculpts the final product,” she confesses. In the same breath, she also acknowledges that she has no final destination, that being an artist means submitting to the process of being “an ever-evolving being, going through life and pouring that into one’s craft and art through trial and error, through love and even more love”.
Hunter is quick to admit to the need she has to reflect who she is in the music she puts out, despite the many complexities of her personality. “My music is a mixture and direct representation of the duality of my persona-very bright, light and carefree but also particularly bold, serious and emotional”.