INTERVIEW: Hunted by Elephants

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?


We’ve been good, keeping ourselves really busy.

It’s tough times everyone is going through, luckily we’ve kept ourselves creative and made plans for the future.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Let Me Be”?

We’re really proud of it. It’s basically the culmination of where we are now and a taste of what’s to come.

It’s just an all-out hard rock song with a characteristic riff and strong vocals. 

It was one of the first songs we wrote when we started composing our second album and from the first day we came up with it, we knew it would be strong. We’ve been in love with it since!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s all about personal experience.

When a relationship hasn’t got the right foundations from the beginning it can hold you back later on; you have to break out and be free to work towards your aims.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Absolutely! The music video will be released along with the track and will feature on our YouTube channel 6th of November.

The single comes off your new album Carry On – what’s the story behind the title? 

The name comes from a track on the album. Carry On is about standing up and finding the strength to continue after hard times and heartbreak.

For the album, it also refers to the continuation of the band from the first album. We’re moving to the next era of our musical journey.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote the album over a year, so some songs are quite a bit older than others.

We created the songs without pressure, just trying to let inspiration flow and we all worked on them together, writing different parts. A few of them have been chopped-and-changed over time as sometimes one of us would have a eureka moment when we thought we had finalised a part already.

During the lockdown we wanted to stay creative and finish the album as we had plenty of time on our hands, so we worked individually and kept sending our ideas to each other.

The recording happened over 6 days, we were travelling quite a lot to the studio, so along with sorting out equipment it was a really busy time. We absolutely love being in the studio, but it is stressful as well.

We have a way we like to record to capture the feeling – to track live together without a click, as we did on the first album. That lays down the main body of each track and then we recorded some keyboards, more guitars and the vocals on top.

The album was mixed in the recording studio and we were there for some of it on more relaxed evenings.

The mastering was done in the US, by Lurssen Mastering who have done countless big productions. It was really cool to be working with someone who’s worked with our idols!

What role does the UK play in your music?

The U.K. has always been a centre of rock music and where many famous bands started. There’s so many places in the country that are considered spiritual homes of the world’s biggest rock bands, so it feels right to be here in a lot of ways.

There’s a lot of great people here involved in rock and a lot of passionate fans, so we’re in one of the best places to get out and play shows!

How has Greta Van Fleet and Rival Sons influenced your writing?

Both bands are embodying the revival of classic rock. We’re inspired by them as they are pioneering the genre.

We don’t consider our music the same as theirs, it’s more that we share influences with them and each band has taken that in their own direction. That’s what we are doing.

When it comes to song writing it’s all about the bigger picture. We can’t always tell what exactly what has influenced us, it’s a combination of bands, styles, experiences and inspirations. These guys have their own image and are doing really interesting new stuff, not trying to follow trends.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We draw inspiration mostly from our experiences and feelings. These obviously relate to what we’re going through when we write. It’s an interesting time in the world and some of our songs are inspired by what’s going on and they way things seem.

Our lyrics relate directly to our experiences, but also some songs are really more spiritual, in a sense.

What else is happening next in Hunted By Elephants’ world?

We’ve got the album to release and there will be some more music videos and content to come with this.

Aside from that, as we’ve finished the album now, we’re back in the studio rehearsing and getting ready for gigging again.

Since earlier this year we worked really hard on writing and preparation for the recording studio, now we have the next things to focus on. We’re definitely not in a position to relax, we’re driving the band towards bigger things, so it’s exciting times.

We’re just looking towards getting back out there and playing for people.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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