Artist Spotlight: Rich Hunter

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Rich Hunter is focusing on reinventing himself. It’s not in the typical sense of trying something different simply for the sake of change; instead it stems from moving closer to one’s identity and pursuing it with creative, uninhibited force. For years, Hunter has produced and performed his music under the moniker, Risky Star. With the release of Third Eye Inspiration, the artist decided to embark on a career shift, to depart from his former artistic identity in order to better encapsulate the vibe of his new music.

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“I had produced and released four other albums under Risky Star,” says Hunter. “With this next one, I wanted to really go into being able to use my voice by singing a lot more versus when in the hip hop world. But it was a little bit scary — going from something that’s been your moniker for years then changing it to go in a whole different direction.”

With artist name change in effect, Hunter embraces the opportunity to mix up genres — in a way it's liberation to flex new styles and content, to forgo an image that can oftentimes be attached to a name. In offering up concepts more reflective of his personal self, Hunter found his music becoming increasingly soulful.

“I personally feel soul music tends to be more long lasting,” says Hunter. “So I wanted to go in that direction and have my music be a bit more timeless as a singer-songwriter; all while changing my name to my real name, Rich Hunter.”

While already having released Third Eye Inspiration and other circulating singles since the change, Hunter makes the creative transition look seamless. With this committed mission to offer something forthcomingly honest to his current stance in life, there was another layer to the change — something that Hunter was deeply influenced and inspired by: fatherhood and family.

“With the spiritual side of making this album, I believe a lot of it had to do with my son for sure. A lot of it had to do with self reflecting where I’m at with life, the things I’ve been through, and the gratefulness of that. It involved a lot of self meditating, seeing the world and the condition that we’re in — I feel like there needs to be a voice for that. I wanted to do it in a authentic way that wasn’t preaching at anybody but giving my interpretation of what I’ve come to see through my own moments.”

Family being the artist's compass, it's no surprise then how Hunter's music origins began in his upbringing — his father always being a huge supporter of his music from day one. This bond the Hunter family share is authentic and steadfast, it's especially clear to see when the artist brings in the group (his cousin, nephew, son, and his father) to meet the Marmoset team.

As the three generations of Hunter men sit on the couch catching up with each other, it proves there can be a shared sustainable balance between a career and family relationships — something often underrepresented when it comes to male artists. It's not that family and work co-existing together is a new concept but it's something important to see more of, normalize, and to celebrate. 

With the involvement and support of his family, we look to Hunter's release of "Time Presses On" — his newest single featuring vocals from his sister, Joyya Marie. A sneak peek into his upcoming EP, the neo-soul jam reminds listeners of life's fleeting nature. 

When listening to Hunter' Vibrations, it's easy to spot themes of gratitude throughout the album. It's a sentiment that doesn't simply exist within a vacuum but is instead channeled from his real life experiences and outlook. Like with taking on his real name, these decisions are influenced by newfound ideas while preserving the good stuff. In Hunter's creative evolution journey, there's proof that growth can radiate from a steady foundation — change not being the equivalent of erasing the past but to grow in it.

Rich Hunter's latest album Vibrations is coming soon to Marmoset's roster! Listeners can also purchase his latest single "Time" and Third Eye Inspiration at CD Baby here

Posted on May 22, 2018 .

You'll Want These Remixes On Your Radar

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New remixes are here! Introducing Matt Dunkley's "Cycle 5 - Clint Mansell Remix." This orchestral piece layers moody strings to create a dark cinematic atmosphere; clocking near six minutes, the song would masterfully serve a dramatic montage with an entrancing pace and buildup.

Clint Mansall has worked with Trent Reznor on Nine Inch Nails' album The Fragile; his composition history includes award-winning work such as Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, and Black Mirror. Fellow composer Matt Dunkley has worked on over 130 films along with working alongside artists like Nick Cave, Badly Drawn Boy, Patti Smith and more. 

Shifting the mood we look to Ryan Teague's "Last Known - Plaid Remix." This punchy synth layered mix is the electronic piece you've been looking for; with its aggressive and ascending components, the song would compliment any action-packed scene or heist sequence. 

Plaid is an electronic UK music duo who has collaborated with the talented likes of Bjork and Goldfrapp. Teague is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based out of Bristol, England. His music style entails a mergence of acoustic instrumentation and electronic material. 

We've gathered a collection of other noteworthy remixes to keep on your radar. Check it out below!

TENTS: Spring Release of Deer Keeps Pace

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TENTS delivers a dose of comfort and soul searching indie rock with Deer Keeps Pace. Constructed of 11 songs, the quartet constructs a body of work that falls inline with that springtime feeling. Look to "Danger" for a message of encouragement — there's pulsing synth and guiding drums that prompt the listener to feel free to "move on." 

Listeners should also check out "Light Light Weight" for punchy rhythmic waves. The echoing synthesizer and guitar plucking makes for the perfect song when riding in the car with windows down. 

Listen to or download the album below:

Posted on May 16, 2018 and filed under Music, Mixtapes, Marmoset.

The Wave of Anti-Pop Mixtape

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It sounds like pop, but it's not. With resounding anthems with pop familiar vibes and tone, this mixtape will keep you on your toes. While each song weaves in and out of what's expected, anti-pop is all about challenging formulas and composition. 

Put on your "War Paint" (Frankie Simone) and dance while you rebel with "Boom!" (MUNNYCAT) and "New York, What's Happenin" (Black Caviar).

Posted on May 14, 2018 and filed under Mixtapes, Music, Marmoset.

Artist Spotlight: Haley Joelle

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Britney or Christina? It’s the question pitched to Haley Joelle, rising pop-star. She gives a smile and thoughtfully reinforces how both icons offer something uniquely different in their own way. It’s a diplomatic response and something very telling of the 18-year-old who already has a #1 song on Billboard charts.

Growing up in West Linn, Oregon, Joelle notes she didn’t have a particularly emphasized musical upbringing — neither parents played any instruments or were much musically inclined. Despite this, Joelle recalls the family’s piano as a central piece of her childhood growing up. “The piano in my house was kind of a random thing,” says Joelle. “My parents don’t play any instruments or sing. But growing up, I played the song Yankee Doodle so much that I have relative pitch now because I can always get middle C.”

Despite not having a preexisting foundation in anything music related, the 18-year-old artist soon found herself immersed in various pursuits, such as dance and choir.  Yet songwriting always remained closest to the young artist’s heart, a craft she naturally gravitated to and excelled in. Soon enough Joelle’s path entwined with Richard Harris, an esteemed Los Angeles music producer and songwriter.

“Richard’s basically been my mentor,” says Joelle. “He’s very creative while knowing how to handle the business side of things. He’s helping me figure out parts of the music business that I wouldn’t have known otherwise.”

With Harris compiling the tracks, Joelle takes over the second leg of the process by writing or co-writing over them. It’s something not a lot of teenagers can say they’ve done — collaborating with a big LA music producer while physically living in a completely separate state. But it works for Joelle, not only because she’s musically gifted but because she’s already mastered good decision-making.

It’s hard to explain when first chatting with the humble artist over the phone but it all makes sense when she shows up to shoot some photos with us at Marmoset headquarters.

With her dad in tow to the photoshoot, Joelle radiates confidence and charm, offering up school stories to us as we transition from shot to shot. She speaks highly of her roots and family, constantly mentioning what they’ve provided her throughout pursuing her big dreams. “[My dad] is so smart on the business side that he’s basically become my manager,” says Joelle. “He’s really pushed me in realizing I can do this.”


With a support system in place and Joelle's raw talent, it's already the perfect formula for making a name for oneself in the music industry. But what's refreshing about the young pop star is how she speaks passionately when it comes to helping others through her music.

 "I have a birthmark on the side of my face, it’s a sideways heart, " says Joelle.  "I don’t think that’s a coincidence, I think that was meant to be there. I’ve always been a very happy smiley person and have pushed through the hard or tough times. That’s what I really want my listeners to feel like too — that they can get through anything and come out even stronger. And that happiness is on the other side."

Next steps for the teen pop songstress? After her high school graduation, Joelle is taking a gap year to live in LA and work in the music industry.  The journey isn't something out of the blue or a surprise exactly, it's a big step toward achieving the next big goal in her music career — it's where the young artist can grow in her songwriting experience and connect with production contacts face to face. 

And while Joelle is still a high schooler, she already knows how to deftly navigate her resources and network. When asked about ever experiencing ageism she notes she's not afraid to let her work and ideas shine forth. 

"The people I've worked with have been so supportive. I let the songwriting do the talking. If we’re in a session, I’ll go on with writing the song — that’s how I prove myself in a sense. It's all about showing up, to keep showing your face. It takes time but ultimately people will start to recognize your hard work."

Posted on May 11, 2018 and filed under Artist Spotlights, Spotlight: Artists, Music.

We're Hiring: Brand Strategist


Marmoset is seeking a Brand Strategist who will  inspire and guide the development and execution of exceptional branding efforts in support of Marmoset’s position in the industry, representing its core values and virtues.

For more information about this position, please click here.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, so we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. Applications that do not strictly follow the guidelines may not be considered.

Marmoset is a proud Equal Opportunity employer, celebrating a diverse, inclusive community of people, cultures and stories.

Posted on May 10, 2018 .