Q&A Scene: Todd Hunter

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
We are embarking on the Countdown Years Tour which is basically us playing great songs of the 70s.

The first set of other bands’ songs and the second set of our songs that we played on Countdown over the years.

Should be fun

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
[pullquote]We are working on an album of new songs for August this year. [/pullquote]Well, my perennial favourite is Rain and my current favourite is Roses the newest song we play live.

It was written by Pete and Bec Drummond and has a great melody, those bittersweet lyrics we seem to go for and is much fun to play live

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
We have just finished a 2 week tour in NZ with the angels and Mi-Sex

Loved driving through those familiar landscapes. Half way between Taupo and Napier we passed our derelict 1970s tour bus.

It’s still there, back off the road a bit. We didn’t stop.

What, or who, inspires you?
More than anyone my 3 sons inspire me. Harry, the eldest, started entropico.com.au with 2 friends. They do all manner of media and are currently partnered with the One Day crew doing One day events as well as film clips, festival branding and much more:.

James (6ft10) put himself through college in the US with basketball scholarships. He graduated form WSU and is now a pro baller playing in Spain

Joey has just come back from Mexico and Cuba. He makes video clips, paints huge mysterious paintings and works in the video field

They are all doing what they love, have created a niche for themselves and are working with friends. It just doesn’t get better than that.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Gold in Them Hills by Ron Sexmith. Heatwrenchingly beautiful song

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Maybe like a Fijian feast with lots of Ika Vakalolo and Dalo and fruit. Everyone sitting cross legged round the fire in a huge circle singing along with a couple of acoustic guitars. Lots of laughing, much singing and drinking of Kava. In the gaps between songs you can hear the waves out on the reef and the rattle of the wind in the coconut palms.

What’s next for you?
We are working on an album of new songs for August this year. We are still at the stage of suggesting stupid names for it but the songs are slowly assembling in our dropbox songyard.

What’s your scene?
The Antipodes


About Dragon

Dragon is back, as good as ever, fronted by the legendary kiwi singer Mark Williams.

This band rocks its way through a long list of iconic songs that are part of the national estate.

Todd started the band in 1973 and Marc Hunter joined in 1974

Dragon has had many hits over the years and have sold over 2 million albums.

Bass player, Todd Hunter reformed the band in 2007 after a much needed break and Dragon have played over 700 shows since then.

Todd and Mark are joined by Canadian guitar slinger, Bruce Reid and drum wizard Pete Drummond.

The band is known for anthems like April Sun In Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Rain, Speak No Evil, Young Years, This Time, Sunshine, Celebrate and Dreams of Ordinary Men.

Dragon was inducted into the Australian Hall Of Fame in 2008

The current live show evolves from an intimate beginning to a spirited, electric, uplifting finale. Mark sings each song in a way that is familiar to the audience but completely his own and strong playing and vocal harmonies have the crowd singing along as if everyone on the room is in the band.

Dragon mashes up 30 years of Australasian musical history into one contemporary sound and does justice to a great collection of timeless songs.

Old brand, New band.

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