If you’re a fan of indie pop and folk rock, you are about to get real excited about Hunter Hunted.
Dan Chang and Michael Hunter make up the LA-based duo that landed the top of the chart in Billboard this week. Together they have crafted a soothing, yet upbeat sound that grabs a listener from the first strum.
The band has more than a lot going on, having just completed a month-long residency at Bootleg Bar in LA, recently dropping their eponymous debut EP, and performing on Conan O’Brien in the end of February. Now they are about to set out on a US tour with Fitz and The Tantrums.
The stars are aligning for Hunter Hunted, who in the past month have seen more than 11,000 video views on YouTube, up 172% from the month before. Though still relatively small, their fan base is rapidly growing. They doubled their total number of Facebook page likes in the last month, and saw close to a 400% increase in new Twitter followers.
Their upward trajectory is likely to continue given the upcoming tour. The association with popular acts can often be a factor in the rapid rise of new artists. Earlier this month Mike Deleasa popped up on the charts while on a Latin American tour with the Jonas Brothers, and just last week August Alsina, who released a track featuring Trinidad Jame$ in January, also made the list.
So keep an eye - or better yet ear - out for Hunter Hunted, who are likely to be making a lot of noise in the coming year.
Liv Buli is the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound. Buli is a graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and her work has appeared in Newsweek Daily Beast, The New York Times Local East Village, Hypebot and more.