Will "Science" Hunt
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William Barry Hunt, also known as Will "Science" Hunt (not to be confused with Evanescence drummer Will Hunt), is noted for collaborating with Amy Lee on Sally's Song, helped co-write Evanescence's third studio album, Evanescence, produced Amy's children's album, Dream Too Much and produced the band's fourth studio album, Synthesis. He is an American percussionist, recording producer, programmer, and songwriter. He has a studio in Fort Worth, Texas called Spaceway Productions.
The Age of Information
- See also: The Age of Information
"Science" was a member of The Age of Information, a band formerly known as Trading Yesterday, which was originally founded on 2002. The singer of the band is David Hodges, former member of Evanescence. Before breaking up with the band, he released with the band on September 2007 the six-track EP titled Everything Is Broken.
- See also: Evanescence
In 2009 and early 2010, "Science" co-wrote most of Evanescence's third album, Evanescence, with Amy Lee in New York and Texas, and he co-produced the album with Steve Lillywhite. Amy talked about "Science":
|The sounds and influence he brings to the table — programming outer-space awesome sounds you can't even recognize. I went through a phase where I didn't know if it was solo time, or go write score music, or what. And then once we wrote together, I realized this is totally Evanescence.|
She said that they were going to do a "two-drummer thing. Basically Thing 1 and Thing 2 — we're gonna have figure out some kind of plan for just knowing who's who." She also said in an interview with Spin that "the songwriting and sound is inspired by a lot of our mutual loves -- Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, and music with a lot of programming and sounds that feel larger than life." In the same interview, when asked how did Amy get a second guy in the band called Will Hunt, she said this:
|Well, part of getting back to Evanescence was the new Will Hunt. I met this Will -- I call him Will "Science" Hunt because he does a lot of programming and beats -- when we recorded "Sally's Song" for Nightmare Revisited.|
The original third album he worked on with the band in early 2010 was scrapped by Wind-up Records. However, Amy acquired the rights to the recordings when her contract ended in 2014 and revealed she plans to finish and release some of those songs in the future.
Songs released with the self-titled album that he co-wrote with the band are Made of Stone, Sick, End of the Dream, Swimming Home and Secret Door. Amy said in a radio interview on August 2011 that "Science" ultimately did not join the band:
|Interviewer: Do you have two guys in the band, same name?
Amy: No. Nope, that didn't happen.
Will and Amy collaborated again for the band's fourth studio album, Synthesis. He co-produced it with her, as well as engineered and programmed it. He has writing credits on Hi-Lo and Imperfection. Besides working on the album, he toured with the band on the Synthesis Live Tour performing synths and live programming.
Will did additional programming on the band's fifth album, The Bitter Truth. He co-wrote Yeah Right, Feeding the Dark and Take Cover. These songs were originally written for the self-titled album in 2010.
"Science" produced and helped Amy Lee compose the cover songs Sally's Song for the album Nightmare Revisited and Halfway Down the Stairs for the album Muppets: The Green Album. He is credited for the drums in Sally's Song, and production and programming in both songs.
The first song they wrote together is Hi-Lo, dated back to 2007. It was intended for Evanescence's then-untitled third album, but ultimately made the cut on Synthesis. They spent all of 2009 writing songs and crafting a handful of already-recorded electronic programming for the band's third effort, but only five songs made the final cut on the album.
In 2015, he was credited as a producer and performer on Amy Lee's cover of Chris Izaak's Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing from Recover, Vol. 1. The song was originally submitted for the film The Cabin in the Woods, but was rejected by the directors. It was then intended to be included on Evanescence's original, third album produced by Lillywhite in 2010. However, the band's label rejected the whole material recorded in those 2010 recording sessions.
In 2016, he produced Amy's children's album, Dream Too Much.
David Hodges released an EP titled The Rising in 2009. "Science", along with David, produced the EP and he is also credited for the drums and programming.
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- Made of Stone, Swimming Home and Secret Door were originally worked on the Lillywhite sessions, but reworked on the final album.
- "A radio interview with Amy Lee (Evanescence) About Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u799X7BOhxs&list=FLSZDc9cSyXmU&index=1. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
- Garner, George (March 10, 2021). "“I needed to face the abyss head on”: Evanescence’s Bitter Truth laid bare". Kerrang!. https://www.kerrang.com/features/i-needed-to-face-the-abyss-head-on-evanescences-bitter-truth-laid-bare/.
- "Evanescence Interview". The Gauntlet. October 23, 2008. http://www.thegauntlet.com/interview/447/491/Evanescence.
- Will on Facebook: ""Hi-Lo" is the first song Amy Lee and I ever wrote together back in 2007 and it waited patiently for its home on Synthesis. Thanks for taking it to the next level Lindsey!"
- Lee, Amy (August 10, 2009). "Hey guys". EvThreads. Archived from the original on August 20, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090820015540/http://www.evthreads.com:80/showthread.php?p=1128174.
- Credited as "Spaceway Remix", his studio's name.
- "Lindsey Stirling – Artemis". Discogs. September 6, 2019. https://www.discogs.com/Lindsey-Stirling-Artemis/release/14172344.
- Will "Science" Hunt on Twitter