Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Moran Hill Hurwitz Q&A

Your name: 
Moran Hill Hurwitz.

Who else is in your band?
Frankie Moran, Kevin Hill, and Seth Hurwitz. Our producer and co-writer is Stephen Joseph Antonelli.

Where are you from?
Moran Hill Hurwitz is from Baltimore, Maryland. Individually, Frankie grew up on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Kevin is originally from Maryland but was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and Seth is a native Baltimorean. We've been writing and recording with producer Stephen Joseph Antonelli, who is amazingly talented and probably from another planet.

How would you describe yourselves?
We're songwriters, but since we record our own songs (and Frankie sings on a lot of them) we're kind of like a band that doesn't play live. We write for artists and Film/TV sync placement. Frankie has a solo acoustic show and he plays some of our songs along with his own originals.

Who are your main influences musically?
We're all pretty different, but we have a lot of areas of agreement. Seth listens to everything from Japanese pop to Leonard Cohen, Frankie grew up on bluegrass, and Kevin was a hair band and college rock fan. But we LOVE country music -- from the most cutting edge new country to the Bakersfield sound. Nashville writers including Walt Aldridge, Darrell Scott, Dallas Davidson, Brent Baxter, The Peach Pickers, and Jeffrey Steele, have raised the bar really high.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Writing great songs for emerging and heatseeker artists and performers.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Working collaboratively with each other in an artistic, collaborative forum. We have had some film/TV sync placements -- including music on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” A&E’s “Random 1,” and in the new Eduardo Sanchez film “Lovely Molly” -- but writing for great artists is what we really want to achieve.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Every time we get a “hold” but not a cut!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
It’s always the next song we write. We are constantly evolving as a writing group, pushing each other to be better and write for the future of Country music. A true challenge we love.

Where can we listen to your music?

Where can we find out more about your music?
You can also find us streaming in a ton of places, including Spotify.

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
We look at ourselves as a different kind of writing group. We’re not in Nashville and we all have very unique and different backgrounds. We respect country’s past but write to the future and really listen to what is happening in music, not just country music, but ALL genres. It’s amazing what you can find from other styles and genres in music, that we will hopefully turn into the next country anthem!

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