From Sun intern Carrie Peirce ...
Don't let the long hair fool you. Daniel Hunter isn't your typical head-banging rocker. The 17-year-old is a devout Christian from Fort Worth, Texas, who started playing music just to make people happy.
His blend of indie, power pop and electronica has been compared to the stylings of Death Cab for Cutie, and even though his name is not so recognizable, his talent is. The rising musician finished high school three weeks ago by taking extra classes online and now has time to tour. Tuesday, he’ll be at Ottobar.
Under the name Play Radio Play, Hunter joined Island Records last November and released his self-written album, The Frequency EP. The solo project is a tribute to the artist’s mellow outlook on life. After one song, you'll be flashing the peace sign and declaring love for all.
Hunter's stealth approach into the music scene, started with a fan base on his MySpace page, where the young artist ranks close to big band names, attracting many listeners each day. With little formal training, Hunter taught himself how to play the bass and drums when he was a freshman in high school. Soon after, he experimented with drum programming and other electronic techniques, which define his current sound.
"I have a fresh take on combining electronic music with regular rock and pop,” Hunter said, “A few people have done it, but it hasn’t taken off yet.” For now, the singer is paving the way to electropop popularity and hopes to eventually go to college to study music production.
Play Radio Play is at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m. $12. Call 410-662-0069 or go to theottobar.com or missiontix.com.