We are catching up again with local legend Hutch as we talk all things new music, collaborations and the creative process after the release of his latest single Spin Me Around, which is out now.The track is the third single this year warming us up for his forthcoming album and follows on from the earlier single Dead to Me, released in early October and is all part of a new era and the latest chapter for Hutch.
Congratulations on releasing the new track, Spin Me Around; it certainly has an uplifting and exhilarating vibe… what was the inspiration behind the track?
The song was inspired by an actual evening in my life and moments throughout the evening full of wine and good times; who can complain about that?
The song is about a couple who live for no one else, and when they dance the night away, it is like no one else exists as they are the only people that matter in that moment.
Written from the perspective of the women, when sometimes words are not needed, but simple actions are louder than any words. Capturing that moment when a relationship starts, that exciting and exhilarating time when the smallest gestures are larger than life, and the two of them are lovingly spinning each other around in the comfort of their own living room.
Spin Me Around is upbeat and pure happiness, and as all relationships start with a spark, the song also encourages couples to defy what society thinks and guides them to live in the moment.
We caught up with you earlier in the year when you teased a potential EP, but we hear things have certainly stepped up a notch, and fans can now expect a forthcoming album?
Since we last spoke, there were a collection of songs that had been collecting dust over the years, but in this time of self-discovery and finding my new sound, the creation of new music has allowed me to understand better where I am now. Songs are just coming to me easier and better than ever; with these new tracks, a unique sound has emerged linked to a better time in my life; the older music was somewhat during a darker time in my life, and that no longer exists with me.Maybe they will surface later in life, but this new stuff is really a level up and can connect more to others which has always been the purpose of my music.
So I think we are skipping the EP for now and releasing these new singles while working towards the album with a collection of new music.
How was the process of creating new music locally and taking the creative process in-house to your studio?
I’m fortunate to have my own studio at home and can pop down any time to pour out what is happening in my heart and mind. I can’t really control where the music comes to me, I’m working across three studios at the moment, but certainly, it all starts at home.
I have really enjoyed working with a range of producers and other artists who are backing me in my next chapter; I now have a collab writer and music creator, Hemi Time’ who is a local guitarist and music sensation who is helping shape my music on the daily. I have also been working to improve my producing skills; something I never really wanted to get into was the technical side; I just wanted to be an artist but now understanding that side of things has allowed me to stay true to my sound and where I want songs to go.
Sometimes you write a song, and by the end of the production process, the song has gone in a different direction, now I can stick to what I know to be good and true and have the skills to make it come to life, knowledge is power and every day I’m learning something new.
You’ve once again teamed up with Matt Bartlem to produce your tracks; how has this connection influenced your music?
To some people, it’s funny how an EDM powerhouse producer is making music like mine, but the truth is, ‘Matt cut his teeth in Nashville and has worked on so many band albums’ so he is no newbie when it comes to pop bangers.
I can honestly say there hasn’t yet been a producer that comes close to what this man can produce. Matt started his career under ARIA award-winning Producer, engineer and rock legend Forrester Savell, so it’s obvious the kind of skill sets he was destined to acquire.
Matt’s work ethic and excitement when producing my music gets me excited; I am very lucky that I can also call him one of my best mates, which also helps with his passion because of how much he wants to see me succeed, not just because of our friendship but also because of his belief in me.
You’ve been working with many local musicians; while creating your latest music, what has it been like partnering up with numerous Gold Coast musos?
Like I said before, working with the likes of Hemi Time (My Music Director), Aaron Sterling (John Mayers drummer), Matt Bartlem (My producer), Josh chan (keys player), Jay Bainbridge ( lead singer for golding & side man to booseeker) – their input has helped shape me, it could be just the smallest suggestion yet can be such a game changer when making hits.
You seem to be in a great space at the moment, creating lots of new music, finding your sound with many collaborations, and jumping on stage at So Cal Festival; what’s next for you?
Since then, I have also sung at Fresh Country and am working towards my own headline show. That is the goal; you will find me playing many local stages along the coastline from Byron to the Sunshine Coast and even out west to Toowoomba. However, i want the next chapter to start here on the Gold Coast, my home there is so much amazing music coming out from the Gold Coast and i want to do everyone proud, Let’s hope that Spin Me Around picks up and gets enough love that gets everyone excited for the album.
You can stream Hutch’s latest single Spin Me Around on Spotify.
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