Interview: "Scorpio Season" by Hunter Blair Ambrose
Q: 'Scorpio Season' is your debut album, how exciting is that! Can you tell us what the experience of creating your first album was like?
Hunter: The process of creating Scorpio Season wasn’t linear or really planned at first at all. After I left college at Berklee College of Music, I just randomly began writing pop songs on my piano, with no concept or plan to create an album at that point. That was 5 years ago, in early 2017, and one of those first songs I wrote ended up becoming my very first single called “Right Now” which is featured on the album. Through the years, since 2017, it has truly been an experience of a lifetime creating this project. I learned so much about what it is to create music just by watching and collaborating with my producers. I really can’t speak to their praises enough. It was my first time collaborating on music to that level and I had an absolute blast. Making this album was also rather cathartic and healing for me considering it was inspired by a former relationship of mine that went wrong and really affected me for a long time.
Q: What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an artist?
Hunter: I can remember being really young, in the early 2000s, watching artists like Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, etc. perform and just being awestruck by how the music and performances made me feel. I’ve always looked up to artists that implement strong visuals and staging and that have larger than life personas. There were several moments through my childhood where I would watch all of these iconic performers on MTV or YouTube and think to myself, “I want to be like that.”
Q: How has living in NYC influenced you and your music?
Hunter: New York has influenced me to no end and in countless ways. From the way I walk, the way I dress, the way I talk, and the kind of music and moods that I create in my art. This city is like no other, and being unique and artistic is so appreciated here - I never run out of inspiration. A lot of my music and the soundscapes that I used on “Scorpio Season” were inspired by the NYC nightlife scene and some of my most vivid memories in this city.
Q: What is your songwriting process like?
Hunter: I suppose my songwriting process is different depending on the level that my initial idea for a song is conceptualized in my mind. Usually, I start with the lyrics and go from there. I think the reason I approach songwriting in that way Is because I won’t be able to understand the mood or the chord progressions or the emotional core of the sonics until I fully understand what the theme of a given song is going to be lyrically.
Q: What was your inspiration behind the theme of 'Scorpio Season'?
Hunter: “Scorpio Season”, from its title, to its visuals, lyrics and production, are all directly inspired by a former relationship of mine that began and took place during the period of “Scorpio Season” (October/November) of 2016. I met my former love interest on his birthday and he happens to be a Scorpio. He fully embodied many of the characteristics that are key to the sign of Scorpio, as did the relationship itself. I wanted to create an album and universe that reflected that time and experience in my life so vividly for the listener, that they feel like they’re actually living the story themselves.
Q: I know this is a hard decision, but what song off 'Scorpio Season' is your favorite?
Hunter: Out of all of the songs that are on the album, my personal favorites would have to be “Alone Together”, “Baby Goodbye”, “Division”, Goodbye (4 Now), and “November” of course.
Written By Kaitlyn Nicole