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Episode Info: A rebroadcast of one of my favourite ever interviews with Casey from The Dear Hunter. This podcast is primarily about creativity, and over the course of the past twenty episodes I’ve spoken to some pretty productive people. Casey Crescenzo is probably amongst the most productive. Over the course of ten years The Dear Hunter’s oeuvre is as impressive in its scope as it is in its musical diversity, with their album/EP collection ‘The Color Spectrum’ comprising 36 songs all on its own. Which is wonderful, because the genre hopping nature of their music is about is staggering as the sheer volume. As you’ll find out when you listen to the podcast, Casey is the kind of guy who treats songwriting like a job and it’s this approach which many productive artists seem to share in common, whether they’re aware of it or not. Except, Casey is a super passionate and insightful guy, and is just so thankful that he gets to do what he does. There’s no lengthy story in this week’s show notes about how I first got into The Dear Hunter. Instead, all I can offer is rumination on their music – it’s deep, it’s cinematic, it somehow feels weighty. How people classify progressive rock music is anyone’s guess, but to me this just feels like epic rock music, and that’s why I’m drawn to it. It’s bursting with ideas, it’s driven by a strong sense of narrative yet still somehow feels hugely personal. They are, in just about every single way, the exact opposite of the punk rock that I grew up listening to. Except, their sound is more immediate than most prog bands. There’s a peppiness to the melodies which means that hooks come thick and fast, and never leave your head. Highlights include: - The connotations of the very term “prog rock” and the diversity of that genre - He tries not to pigeonhole the sound because it can limit the creative scope - The music he grew up on sounds nothing like his band - Casey thinks that perhaps one of the reasons they aren’t a huge band is because they aren’t in a specific genre - Coming from a creative household and when Casey remembers wanting to be a guitar player/songwriter - When people who consider themselves high art conduct interviews like they’re special, I never look at myself like that. I just think, this is a way for me to speak. - Parents being receptive to being a musician, but also being wary because they’d seen the pitfalls of being a career musician - His parents wRead more »

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