Been thinking back to December 2011 and what I have managed to achieve since then and want to show my huge gratitude to all my friends, fans and family for what I have managed to achieve this year. It went roughly like this:
Worked with the epic Stuart Epps, ex producer and PA to Elton John, on my songs ‘BIGGER MAN’ and ‘REMIND ME’. Angus and I trudged through the snow to get to Stuart’s home studio and had such a great day working with Stuart, a true professional. Made ambassador for Musicality TV, who have given me great support for more than a year now, particularly Andrew Widgery, who organised for me to support the inspirational Geno Washington at the famous Half Moon in London.
CLICK the picture below to see the video interview with Geno and Danica
Invited to Abbey Road studios for BBC Introducing CLICK HERE and sang live in front of Maverick Sabre, BBC DJs (Rob De Bank) and record executives followed by a Radio 2 interview with Jo Whiley, Radio 2. Maverick Sabre helped me off stage and told me I was amazing and I nearly died of shock. It was one of the most exciting and inspirational days of my life. I also started working with an inspirational manager that day.
Danica singing in front of Maverick Sabre at Abbey Road Studios
Various interviews with the lovely Linda Serck, BBC Introducing Berkshire and VARIOUS NEWSPAPERS and radio interviews.
Worked with the talented Frank Hamilton on our ‘Song About A Weekend’, week 13, for his Song of the Week project, and shot video for the same. We had lots of fun chilling out and trying to get the song just right. CLICK HERE for blog. Released the EP, and song, on iTunes CLICK HERE.
Video of Danica and Frank singing ‘Song About A Weekend’
Final exams and projects at college followed by completion of ‘A’ Levels – mum very happy when I pulled an A* and two A’s out of the bag! Also working on songwriting and recording more tracks (not yet released). Played Big Brill Camp Festival and got fantastic reception.
Support for STING at the Henley Festival with more radio and NEWSPAPER INTERVIEWS including Henley Standard, Reading Post and Henley TV. It was quite an experience to be sitting just feet from Sting in his rehearsal – we were in awe.
Danica Hunter open Henley Festival for Sting
Danica Hunter opening Henley Festival for Sting interviewed by Ellie Roddy at Henley TV
To top a great month, won runner up in global Starnow Music Immersive competition, just missing out on the big prize of a free trip to Hollywood. CLICK HERE Maybe later….
Played the BBC Introducing stage at READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS – totally amazing experience – MORE NEWSPAPERS INTERVIEWS and EVEN MORE NEWSPAPER INTERVIEWS followed by even more radio interviews. Got some great reviews from BBC Berkshire (lovely Linda Serck) BBC Oxford (Dave Gilyeat), BBC Introducing Leeds, Leeds Music Scene, Concrete, CarpeMusica and many others – Thank you! Part of set gets played on Radio 1 Jen and Ally’s Reading Festival Special and also got BBC 3 TV coverage.
Danica performance was followed by rave reviews from the BBC, music journalists and the audience who saw her performance at the Reading and Leeds 2012 Festivals. The BBC recorded the last three songs from her set so have a listen by clicking below. She has received a huge volume of messages of congratulations and appreciation through Twitter and Facebook from people who had never heard her before. An example is the review below from Rebecca Atkinson from The Leeds Music Scene
‘The past eighteen months have been very successful for British female singer-songwriters and the timing couldn’t be better for Danica Hunter to break. Over on the BBC Introducing Stage she unveils her captivating and soulful voice to the amassed audience. Accompanied by a toned down band and Cajon her songs are mostly about the trails and tribulations about life as an eighteen year old but there is a pleasant depth to her voice which stops the song writing from feeling shallow. The combination of blues, soul and the colloquial puts her somewhere between Duffy and Kate Nash but to compare her to either is to do a disservice to Hunter’s voice. She and her band make easy listening, highly enjoyable, experimental pop with a bluesy edge. Expect big things from this young lady in the future.
Live interviews with BBC Introducing Oxford and BBC Introducing Berkshire. Played a set at the anti-racism, ‘Uprise Festival’ in Hackney, London with great feedback from the organisers.
Danica plays Uprise Festival in Hackney
Supported up and coming new artist AL LEWIS in Reading South Street Art Centre. Wrote and recorded more tracks in the studio.
Interview on RADIO OXFORD. My first new dubstep track ‘HEARTBEAT’ written with producer Dubrocca played on Skream and Benga on BBC Radio 1.
My new dubstep and drum&bass track ‘Runaway’ written with producer Dubrocca released for sale and played by the Wideboys on Kiss FM Radio several times. RUN AWAY
Another dubstep track ‘WHY WON’T YOU’ written with Dubrocca for FREE DOWNLOAD.
In addition, ‘Song About A Weekend’ chosen for FRANK HAMILTON’S ALBUM, which goes on to be in top 20 iTunes album chart and 1st in singer/songwriter charts featuring tracks with ED SHEERAN, NEWTON FAULKNER and many more . Played a guest slot at Frank Hamilton’s Barfly event in London with the amazing Newton Faulkner, RYAN KEEN, LAUREN AQUILINA and JONNY WRIGHT.
Danica and Frank live at Barfly, Camden, London on 20 December
Final song Sticks and Stones
Finally, to top it all, my track ‘Bigger Man’ voted one of top songs of 2012 by BBC INTRODUCING BERKSHIRE.
What an awesome year – can’t wait for next year – 2013 here I come! Upwards and onwards.