Jane Hunt

Today we feature our first ever "Violin Venus" - native of England, Ms. Jane Hunt. She's bringing a rock edge to the mastery of her instrument of choice that's more than appropriate for the pages of PEV, mixing influences from Bruce Springsteen and U2 with Mozart and Beethoven.
Hunt has been asked to bring this knockout sound to spots around the globe, from Buenos Aries to Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and the US Open. Why? One listen to her latest EP, and you'll get it - says Hunt: "It’s a real combination of sounds. Soaring violin lines over powerful pad and orchestral sounds with rock textures of the guitar and drums. It’s basically all the sounds that I love combined into one." As one of the best rock violinists out there, Jane knows how to put on a live show - she's incorporating some visual effects to go with the program as we speak. Check it out, and keep an eye out for the next EP out this fall. There's a bunch more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ's.

XXQs: Jane Hunt

PensEyeView.com (PEV): Called the Violin Venus, how would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others?

Jane Hunt (JH):  It’s a real combination of sounds. Soaring violin lines over powerful pad and orchestral sounds and with rock textures of the guitar and drums. It’s basically all the sounds that I love combined into one.

PEV: Calling England home, what kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

JH: I grew up listening to a lot of Springsteen & U2 as well as well as Mozart and Beethoven.

PEV: Having played in the business for a good time now, what was it like for you when you first started out?

JH: I don’t think I really realized what it was like to be honest. I was fresh out of college and excited about everything. Excited to be in NYC, excited to be traveling playing concerts. I think I felt a sense of total freedom actually.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?

JH: I don’t think I’ve ever really thought that... I just have always known that music is what I love doing and couldn’t imagine my life without.

PEV: Having preformed nearly all over from Buenos Aries, to Carnegie Hall, to Radio City Music Hall and even the US Open, what can fans expect from a live Jane Hunt show?

JH: Expect to be surprised at what the violin can do and how it can be used. There is also a dance component to the show & its high energy.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

JH: I hear the music and so I just start playing.

PEV: Any preshow rituals before going on stage or do you just wing it?

JH: I’m very picky about what time I get to a venue prior to a concert. I have to be there early enough that I have time to relax and am not rushed but also don’t like to be there too early. I have quite specific timings on this kind of stuff that I stick to each time. I also have to have my clothes all ready the day before and tracks and everything has to be super tidy and neat the evening before the show so I know the day of I can just wake up and be focused on warming up.

PEV: Tell us about your latest EP that is a crossover for you?

JH: Its tracks that really combine all the sounds I love with the violin and all the sounds i love in rock and folk music.

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?

JH: Not every day is filled with inspiration but I find that if you really take advantage of the days you are feeling super creative then its actually good to take a step back when the creative streak comes to an end.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Jane Hunt?

JH: Secretly I would love to be a surfer ...

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

JH: Growing up I always loved playing and my father was a PGA professional golfer so I was always surrounded by people who were in very specific skill based professions like sport and music so it was quite natural for me to end up in music.

PEV: What one word best describes Jane Hunt?

JH: Boho.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

JH: Best parts are traveling to places you only dreamed about growing up. Worst parts are living out of a suitcase and being away from my little dog called Cooper.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

JH: I would love to do a tour of Japan actually. I’ve always wanted to travel there.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

JH: Drinking good coffee, doing yoga, watching surfing.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

JH: Me!

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

JH: I really have no idea. I actually couldn’t imagine doing anything else to be honest.

PEV: So, what is next for Jane Hunt?

JH : I’m working on another EP for release in the fall. I’m also working with an incredible dancer on incorporating more visual components into the show.

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