Hi, thanks for having us! We’re great! Very exciting times right now and still so much to come.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Naked”?
“Naked” is our first release after quite a while. This is a very special and personal moment for us. We had some serious legal issues for more than a year with our former production company/label holding us back from releasing music. It was exhausting and frustrating but it’s a huge relief to be back on track again being able to do what we love and finally release new music!
“Naked” felt like the right choice to kick off a new start. It’s a very personal song, but it also really fits current developments in our society. We wanted to address todays rising pressure and judgments we all have to deal with. The song also features a different sound and highlights another musical side of HUNGER.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
We figured that nowadays we all are more transparent than ever. People are sharing all parts of their lives on the internet and at the same time everyone tries to build up this – exclusively – positive and beautiful image of themselves. It’s become a competition and everyone is being judged causing a lot of pressure, especially on young people.
“Naked’s” message is to allow humans to show vulnerability, weaknesses AND most importantly individuality, even if doesn’t fit a trend. It’s ok to be different, it’s ok to be weird, it’s ok to feel bad sometimes AND it’s ok to be who you are!
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was a great experience to shoot the video! We had a clear vision of where we wanted to go and did a lot of the work ourselves. The ‘white’ shots in the video, for example, were taken in a small self-made pool filled with water and milk. We tried several ways to get the color of the video right. We shot loads of test shots using our iPhones because we knew we only had one day for the actual shooting. It was also the first solo video performance of our singer, Luc. We tried to feature three different moods and characters in the video. A naked and vulnerable side, which starts with a pretty dark imagery and later develops over the video to a more positive and beautiful world, a weird and introverted character in a blend of blue and red colors and a more confident masculine character coming in the second verse. Luc did a great job and we are looking forward to shoot a lot more stuff in the near future.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing/creative process is one of our favorite parts in the band life! We usually set up a small home studio in the countryside, preferably in the mountains, when writing or recording songs. We try to escape daily routines and other responsibilities during the process. It helps us to focus and to open our minds.
This time we worked together with our long-term friend and producer Daniele Autore from Rome, Italy. We’ve known each other for more than 10 years and have played lots of shows together with previous band projects. We are very happy to be able to have such a great team of incredibly talented people around us.
What role does Austria play in your music?
Austria is our home and we really love Vienna. It’s a great feeling to come back after a long tour knowing that our families and friends welcome us with open arms, it’s the place where we charge our batteries.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! We are super pumped, a lot stuff is going to happen. Right now, we’re looking forward to releasing the video for “Naked” and we might also shoot a live performance/studio video in the upcoming weeks. There will also be more releases in the near future! We don’t want to tell too much yet but we’re very excited to be back and ready to have an unforgettable adventure with our fans!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We can’t tell any details yet but there will be more releases this year and early next year…
Any plans to hit the road?
Being on the road and playing shows / spending time with our fans means everything to us! We really can’t wait to be back performing live! We’re currently working on our touring schedule for early next year. We hope to be able to play both a longer Europe and a US tour next year.
What else is happening next in HUNGER’s world?
To be frank, after this crazy year fighting to be able to release music we’re just happy to do what we love again. We’re excited to share new music with everyone!