Hunter Hunted – What’s in a Name?

On the list of things that LA-based duo Hunter Hunted has to worry about, being hunted is far from the top. (Except maybe by hungry music fans wanting more, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.) Members Dan Chang and Michael Garner started Hunter Hunted in January of this very year, and in that short amount of time they’ve found themselves on the receiving end of praise from the likes of MTV, Nylon, Teen Vogue, and Billboard. What’s more, they’ve toured the US with Fitz and the Tantrums, The Mowgli’s, Weezer, and are currently opening for Fun. Needless to say, the band has cracked the code on this fun-loving indie pop thing. Having just dropped their debut EP in September, the duo has been busy — er, busier than usual — but they still managed to scrounge up some time to explain how they came up with their name and the ones that they almost picked instead. (Spoiler: Hunter Hunted was most certainly the coolest option.)

Who came up with the band name?

Like all things Hunter Hunted, it was a very collaborative process. We had back-to-back sleepovers where we stayed up all night deliberating. A band name is important. It sets the tone. We didn’t want to eff this up.

Was there a selection process?

The entire process took about 3 weeks. The night before the final decision, we had a white board with a bunch of different ideas crossed out here and revived there. In the end, we came up with three options which we then surveyed (on survey monkey) our close friends to solicit initial feelings and overall reaction. It was not good. Turns out, all three options sucked. We almost got hate mail because of it. Just kidding, but no one liked any of our ideas. Imagine how dejected we felt after spending all night conjuring up these names. The problem was there wasn’t any emotional connection to the names. We were trying too hard.

Is there a particular meaning behind the name?

The meaning is a pretty significant one. We were in an interesting point in our lives feeling a wide range of emotions. There were a lot of positive things happening that made us feel on top of the world. Meanwhile, there were also things happening that really brought us down. We asked ourselves, how is it possible to feel like you can conquer the world one second only to be brought down and trampled upon the next? It’s like a hunter being hunted. Hunter Hunted.

What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?

Half Marathon. It has a nice ring to it. It’s also kind of funny. “No, we’re not gonna do a full marathon, we’ll just do a half.” But a half marathon is actually still very difficult. I don’t know, looking back, maybe this should be the answer for the next question.

What’s the worst name that you considered using?

Half Marathon? [chuckles] Actually, during one of our more ironic moods we actually thought Adjective Animal would be a good idea. I mean, come on, it’s the ultimate indie band name, right?

Any regrets about the name you chose?

None whatsoever.

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