Jana Hunter

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Jana Hunter
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Jana Hunter
Background information
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresLo-fi, experimental
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, synthesizer, violin, bass guitar
LabelsGnomonsong, Ribbon Music
Associated actsLower Dens

Jana Hunter is a Baltimore-based songwriter and musician. Hunter was born in Texas.

Personal Life[edit]

In 2015, Hunter came out as gender fluid (or non-binary), as well being neither gay nor straight, stating that they "feel extremely fortunate in that I truly don’t give a fuck when it comes to the gender of the person I’m dating". [1][2][3]

In August 2019, an article by Billboard.com stated that Hunter preferred he/him pronouns.[4]

Recording and band membership[edit]

Hunter was signed to Gnomonsong, a record label run by Devendra Banhart and Vetiver's Andy Cabic. Hunter's solo debut album Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom was the label's debut release. In 2007 Hunter founded an independent record label based in Houston, Texas, Feow! Records, with musicians Matthew Brownlie of Bring Back the Guns and Arthur Bates of Houston band Wicked Poseur.[5]

Hunter is currently the singer and primary songwriter for Lower Dens.[6][7] After releasing their debut, Twin-Hand Movement, on Gnomonsong in 2010, Lower Dens were one of the first bands signed to the Ribbon Music label and released their second album, Nootropics, on Ribbon in 2012.[8]

Hunter has performed and/or recorded as a member of Jracula, Castanets, Matty & Mossy, Ejaculette, Unitus, and Krazy Nerds, and played in/recorded for Sharon Van Etten, Trentemøller, Food Pyramid, Airwaves, Indian Jewelry, Matteah Baim, Metallic Falcons, Phosphorescent, and CocoRosie.

Hunter is the inspiration for several characters in the stories of J.M. Appel, including providing the basis for Maggie in the novella Fallout (2010).[9]

Touring[edit]

Hunter has toured with Tara Jane O'Neil, Devendra Banhart, Rasputina, Viking Moses, Castanets, Deer Tick, Marissa Nadler, Peter & the Wolf, Cass McCombs, and Woozyhelmet, among others. In 2005, Hunter accompanied Meadows, Lights, and Mouth of Leaves on their Summer of Golden Blood tour throughout the South. In 2006, Hunter performed at North East Sticks Together.

Hunter has appeared at Mad Vicky's Tea House in Brooklyn, New York, owned by "Mad Vicky", Bianca Casady of the musical duo CocoRosie.

In 2019, Hunter created a special playlist for Billboards Summer of Pride event. The playlist, which can be found on Spotify, includes songs by various artists, including The Smiths and Stevie Wonder. Hunter said in the corresponding interview that these songs had both helped and inspired them whilst growing up. [4]

“I was wild and in a lot of pain as a kid; home life was very bleak," Hunter told Nick Williams, the article writer. "Pop songs were a guaranteed escape to a mental space where beauty, wonder, and love were possible." They continued on to tell of the inspiration they received, saying that they "wanted to write songs that might have the potential to do that."[4]

Matty and Mossy[edit]

Hunter founded and played in the Houston band Matty & Mossy with Heath Flagtvedt, Matt Frey and John Hunter. Their album, Fraimers Haimey, was recorded in Athens, Georgia with Chris Bishop and released on Fleece Records. The album reached #1 on the radio charts of Rice Radio and KSPC, and songs from the album were used in the soundtrack of Andrew Bujalski's films Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ON PRIDE (and gender)".
  2. ^ "What It's Like to be a Female Musician when You Don't Identify as a Woman". April 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Grimm, Beca (March 31, 2015). "Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Makes an Escape Worth Celebrating". The Village Voice.
  4. ^ a b c "Listen to Trans Singer-Songwriter Jana Hunter of Lower Dens' Summer of Pride Mix: 'There Is a Place Here, Even For You'".
  5. ^ Jana Hunter: 'Feow!'
  6. ^ Hockley-Smith, Sam (February 1, 2012). "Lower dens: building a better world". The Fader. Archived from the original on June 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Breihan, Tom (May 14, 2010). "New Release: Lower Dens: Twin-Hand Movement". Pitchfork.
  8. ^ Patel, Puja (May 1, 2012). "Lower Dens, 'Nootropics' (Ribbon Music)". Spin.
  9. ^ Appel, JM. Fallout. Afterword, 2010
  10. ^ https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/4026-blank-unstaring-heirs-of-doom/
  11. ^ http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/2638