Interview with World5’s Pat Hunt

World5: Pop-Rock Band

Formed 2011, WORLD5 is the Pop-Rock band formed around lead singer and Grammy Award winner Pat Hunt. WORLD5´s founding members and old friends, guitarist Steffen Goeres, saxophonist Stephan Goessl and drummer Raimund Breitfeld have played together since their teenage years. Although life and personal projects put them in different locations around the globe, they kept alive the desires of making music together over the years.

Realizing that very long distances separate them physically but not musically, they recorded their first album Global Experience over three continents together with former members Don Bruner and Roland Childs.

The bands global influenced pop-rock sound drew the interest of Texans Pat Hunt and Randy Miller, who produced the bands first album, and they joined the band December 2012. Pat Hunt and Randy Miller played and worked together as musicians, songwriters and producers for thirty years in the music business.

Pat Hunt has opened for acts such as Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, Willie Nelson, Merle Hagard, The Spinners, George Jones and many more. Pat has also produced CD’s for the American country icon Mickey Gilley of Urban Cowboy fame as well as reggae legend Johnny NashPat was a finalist on the original Star Search. He has co-written songs for Jennifer Holliday “I Never Thought I’d Fall In Love Again,” “After She’s Gone” for Mickey Gilley, and with Randy “Con Todo El Corazon” for the Grammy winning double platinum, international group La Mafia. Pat has played and arranged on five Grammy nominated CD’s and won a Grammy.

(Taken from their official website. You can find out more about them by visiting their site at: http://www.world5music.com/)

Jessica Gilbert: Pat, it’s an honor to have you in TSM, and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do an interview for the magazine.

Pat Hunt: You are welcome. It’s great to be here.

Jessica Gilbert: What inspired you to get into music? And how did you get your start in the biz?

Pat Hunt: The first time I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, I was totally captivated. The girls were screaming and the music was something I had never heard before. I knew right then what I wanted to do. I got into my first band at seventeen years old. I left home right after graduating from high school to travel with my first band. I moved to Houston and got in the music scene there. I worked at Mickey Gilley’s studio for years producing an album for him. Jennifer Holiday recorded a song I wrote in the early 80’s called “ I Never Thought I’d fall in Love again.” I met my band mate Randy Miller about that time and started writing with him. Our new single “Man Of Action” is a collaboration with him. We also wrote a song for Grammy winning Latin group La Mafia called “Con Todo El Corazon.” We recently reunited for World5.

Jessica Gilbert: What musical instruments do you play and for how long?

Pat Hunt: I mainly play keyboards, but I play a little bit of guitar and bass as well.

Jessica Gilbert: Tell us a little bit about the album Global Experience.

Pat Hunt: I was not on that project, but my wife sang on it. That is how I got acquainted with World5. I thought it was an interesting concept, the world band concept. They contacted me in early December to gage my interest in the band.

Jessica Gilbert: I know that Randy and you are the newest members of World5. How did both of you connect with the other members of the band?

Pat Hunt: Randy produced their first CD. After I was contacted by Rai the drummer, I called Randy and after our discussion decided this would be a great opportunity. It is challenging to record with guys over three continents, but it has been a lot of fun.

Jessica Gilbert: In your opinion, what are the key qualities that makes a song successful?

Pat Hunt: Great lyrics and a great melody line are of the up-most importance. You want to write a melody that sticks in your brain. Those are the ones that sell big.

Jessica Gilbert: You’ve opened for numerous top artists. Reflecting on all your experiences, what is one of your most memorable ones? Do you have a favorite venue you’ve performed at?

Pat Hunt: In 1987, I co-wrote the radio music for the Houston Astros broadcast and they asked us to sing at the Astrodome. There were 48,000 plus people there. You do not want to mess up the national anthem. That was a bit un nerving. I really enjoyed opening for Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters and Patti LaBelle at The Summit.

Jessica Gilbert: Having been in the music industry for over forty years with it constantly changing. What would you say is the biggest challenge an artist faces in the music industry today? And what advice would you give to aspiring artists wanting to make it in the biz?

Pat Hunt: It is so different than when I began. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, work was plentiful for working musicians. Now gigs are far and few between, and they don’t pay well either. If you are just starting out, make sure you have something to fall back on. Record deals are increasingly more difficult to get as well.

Jessica Gilbert: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?

Pat Hunt: Defeat world hunger. There is just no excuse for it. We throw away enough food to feed the planet.

Jessica Gilbert: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?

Pat Hunt: This from Joel Osteen I believe “ The light that shines the farthest shines the brightest at home.”

Jessica Gilbert: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you and your work?

Pat Hunt: You can by our new song “Man Of Action,” as well as our older material  at all digital outlets. Our newest CD will be out in August. You can also visit our website World5 the band.

Jessica Gilbert: Thanks again for doing this interview and wish you continued success.

Pat Hunt: Thank you for having me.

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