Interview - Joseph Hunter Duncan

Joseph Hunter Duncan is an artist from Nashville, United States. Let's have a chat with him about his music and music in general.

Hi Joseph and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Always on my mind.
"Always On My Mind" was written during a time of healing and processing my past, more exclusively with my partner (now fiancé), and how I wanted to really make our relationship work. I had just quit drinking and was starting to feel a lot of emotions that I wasn't allowing myself to feel before. It was pretty liberating.

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as a diverse mix of traditional singer-songwriter, shoegaze esq., with the main focus on melody. I really enjoy playing loud, dramatic songs but sometimes I just want to pick up the acoustic and sing my woeful songs.

- What do you write about?
I write a lot of introspective songs, songs about relationships, very typical stuff. I've gravitated towards more storytelling in the past couple of years, but always find myself coming back to the sad bastard, moody songs haha.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
I've been listening to a lot of heavier records recently, which is a huge influence but I wouldn't say my songs reflect that necessarily. Bands like '68, Quicksand, Colour Revolt to name a few. I've also really enjoyed Noah Gunderson's latest record and I find myself constantly going to The Frames for inspiration, I love Glen Hansard.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
My favorite live performance so far would be seeing Smashing Pumpkins back in 07, on the Zeitgeist tour. I was 15 and it was one of my first concerts, they played really fucking loud and I was hooked.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
Recently on this past tour I did, a random guy in the crowd was bothering me about wanting to sing a song, I just said "fuck it, get up here". He wanted to sing anything "grunge" so I played "About A Girl" by Nirvana and surprisingly he wasn't terrible. He was incredibly wasted and probably won't remember it but I sure did haha!

- Your favourite albums?
Favorite albums currently
A Pillar Of Salt - Noah Gunderson
Give One Take One - '68
Dance The Devil - The Frames
Distant Populations - Quicksand
Siren EP - Obscura Hail
All time favorites
Every Nirvana record
Third Eye Blind's self titled
Come Around Sundown - Kings Of Leon
Grace - Jeff Buckley
In Rainbows - Radiohead

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
I don't drink alcohol anymore but if I could spend time with any musician (even though not alive) it'd be Kurt Cobain, without a doubt. Though if we're talking still alive, I'd say Glen Hansard. I'd love to pick his brain and just chat with the guy.

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?
That's an interesting question, I guess I'd ask everyone to have a good time. Probably some sparkling water? I don't really need much haha

- What are your plans for the next future?
My plans for the future are getting married next year! Spend quality time with the family, work hard, make a full length album and tour some more!

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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