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hunter 505 chats his incredible new single please

If you haven’t already listened to hunter 505’s new single please, stop what you’re doing and go listen to it now. The track sees the Sydney-based artist flaunt his musical adaptability; he blends hard-hitting lyrical content with irresistibly sultry delivery. The result is a track you’ll be hooked on for weeks.

So fresh off the release of the single, we caught up with the artist himself to chat all about it, musical influences, and what the future holds.

With an incredible new single fresh under his belt, we caught up with Sydney-based artist hunter 505 to chat all about it.

HAPPY: Hey, how’s it going? What are you up to at the moment?

HUNTER: Ayyy what’s going on? Man, I’ve been working on a bunch of different projects, a couple of which I’m hoping to get out by the end of the year so just been slogging it out. Unless you mean literally what I’m up to right now, in which case I’m checking out the new releases on Spotify for this week, DaBaby going hard.

HAPPY: We’ve been loving please! How does it feel having the track out there in the world?

HUNTER: Ah I’m so glad to hear that! It’s amazing; it’s exactly the reaction I was hoping for. It’s turned out to be a fan favourite upon release which is pretty much the best thing an artist can hope for. I’m keen for it to spread a bit more and gain some more traction.

HAPPY: Could you tell us a bit about the song?

HUNTER: please is a fusion of R&B, trap and new school hip-hop. The song’s about a girl who’s unhappy with her controlling man. She’s more drawn to the free nature of hunter 505. Overall, please is pretty hard hitting through its beat and lyrics, contrasted with the soft delivery, with a cheeky 8 bar rap to finish the second verse.

HAPPY: How did you approach the writing and recording of this new single differently to past material?

HUNTER: Haha, a big chunk of the song is pretty high in my register so I had to really exercise some vocal control to pull it off as I wanted it to sound effortless. In terms of writing, it actually took me quite a while to complete the lyrics in the first verse. Half of the lines were locked in but I had like three versions of the other parts and I wasn’t really happy with it so I kept trying to come at it from different angles and finally it all clicked. I always obsess over the lyrics – they need to stand up on their own as a piece of written work – so it felt so good when I cracked it.

HAPPY: Are there any other artists you’re loving at the moment?

HUNTER: First and foremost, XXXTENTACION; ever since I heard his music I have never fallen out of love with it. Same for Kanye. For a while I’ve been into artists like Post Malone, Juice WRLD and Swae Lee, then I was really getting into the Latin trap scene like Anuel AA and Ozuna, but most recently I’ve actually been going back to like Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Queen, all the greats. However, for writing lyrics and poetry, Rudy Francisco is my gigantic unparalleled inspiration. His work is incredible; every time I read one of his poems it never ceases to astonish me how moving and thought-provoking language and writing can be.

HAPPY: What’s next for hunter 505? Any other exciting plans in the works?

HUNTER: Oh my goodness, exciting is an understatement. I’m finishing up my upcoming single enter the void which is slated to drop soon and I’m putting together a small EP entitled crucifix to follow that. I’m hoping to get that one out by the end of 2019. The only other thing I’ll say is 2020 is going to be fucking dangerous bro. That’s what we’re building up to.

HAPPY: Cheers for the chat!

HUNTER: Thank you to the whole Happy Mag team! I really appreciate all your support and everything you’re doing for Australian music. Keen for our next chat.

please is available now. Listen above.