2019 American Music Awards

Scouting Report: Hunter Hunted

Last year Los Angeles rock band Hunter Hunted emailed Steel Train bassist Evan Winiker asking for a gig at L.A.'s Soho House, where he was curating music. Not only did Winiker book the group's first-ever show in February, he also asked to manage the band, eventually partnering with the Creed Company (Bruno Mars). Since then, Hunter Hunted, which makes lush, swoony indie rock, has self-released an EP, performed on "Conan," sold out shows at the Troubadour in L.A. and the Mercury Lounge in New York, and headlined a KROQ Los Angeles-sponsored residency. The duo of Dan Chang and Michael Garner met at the University of California Los Angeles in an a cappella group, and were formerly in pop act Lady Danville, which had moderate success after forming in 2007. "Dan and I were writing a bunch of new music and it just made sense to create this new project," Garner says. Chang and Garner have written a slew of material but don't plan to release a full-length until 2014--although the act will have a label long before. "I feel like in the next couple of weeks we'll be at a good home," Garner says. The current aim is to focus on building Hunter Hunted's live audience (the duo's on tour with Fitz & the Tantrums). "There's a new hype band every week in this industry and most of them are gone within a month," Winiker says. "These guys are going to put together a solid touring base that they can build off."


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