Mar 19, 2014, 16:43

Location: Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

Member since: March 21, 2011

Tracks in portfolio on 112 (click here to hear all tracks)


Joel Hunger of JHunger Music has been writing, performing and recording music for over 20 years. Although Joel writes in many different styles, his main genre is acoustic folk and rock.

–High profile projects or clients you have worked for?

As somebody who writes stock music I usually don’t know who my clients are unless I stumble upon them in the wild. Some of the ones I know about are BP, MercyCorps, NW Natural, Swedish Air. There may be more, but honestly I don’t really seek them out – I get more pleasure out of producing music that’s accessible to everyone who needs background music, and I’ve met a lot of interesting people along the way.

–Primary instrument?

Acoustic guitar. You’ll also hear a lot of keys and other stringed instruments in my music.

–Favorite music-making piece of gear or software you currently use?

I have lots of gear I’m in love with, but my current favorite is the Black Lion White Sparrow Mk II analogue to digital converter. Until I started recording through that I was rarely satisfied with the sound of my acoustic – now it’s a joy to hear the playback.

–Piece of gear or software you wish you owned?

Sheesh – everything I don’t already have! If I had to pick, I’d like to get a ribbon mic like a Royer 121 or Coles 4038. Or I would upgrade to a Shoeps or Gefell SDC.

–Film score or song you admire? Why?

Just pick one? Okay, here’s one. A Quick One While He’s Away, by The Who. There’s a part in the “You Are Forgiven” section where they wanted cellos, and their producer Kit Lambert said it was too expensive and they weren’t the Beatles for god’s sake. So they just sang “Cello! Cello! Cello!” and it turned out to be the coolest part of the song. There’s a scene in the movie Rushmore where this part kicks in and is just perfect. Anyway, I love that they took a creative turn like that, and I like to remember that even though you can do anything in the studio now, sometimes it’s good to think outside the box, because otherwise you might miss strokes of genius.

–Music education background?

Piano lessons from about 5-11, and then self-taught all the rest of the way.

–Memorable “Aha!” moment during your musical education?

When I learned the fingerpicking pattern that Paul Simon uses in The Boxer. Everything else came out of that.

–Most embarrassing music-related moment?

Probably when I was in a “band” in college and tried to play a gig (where I was singing 80% of the tunes) after having strep throat. I couldn’t stay in tune and sounded like a frog. The patient audience was relieved, I think, when I decided not to play the second set 🙂

–Moment you first knew you would be a musician?

Well, I don’t think of myself as a musician as much as a guy who plays music, if that makes sense. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t. There have been times when I wished I didn’t get distracted by music and could have concentrated on school, career, etc,, like most of my friends.

–Five songs or albums you’d take with you to a desert island?

Ask me any given year and they’ll be different. Um. How about:

“Exile on Main Street” (The Rolling Stones)

“Doolittle” (Pixies)

“The Woods” (Sleater-Kinney)

“Teaser and The Firecat” (Cat Stevens)

“Ram” (Paul and Linda McCartney)


–If you could master another instrument, what would it be?

Mandolin or Banjo

–Favorite time of day to work in your studio?

I have a day job and a family, so by necessity when I get in the studio it’s usually between 9 and 10 PM. I have to work quickly 🙂

–Some of your favorite tracks that you would want us to feature in the blog.

These aren’t necessarily my favorite but are among my better selling tunes:

“Clapping Ukulele”

“Relax a While”


And the creatively named—

“Acoustic Loop – 9”

“Acoustic Loop 26”


We thank Joel for sharing some of his musical background with us and for contributing his tracks to, the Royalty-Free Music Marketplace. The next time you need acoustic folk and rock music tracks, check out JHunger Music on


Chris Cardell is the co-founder of, a royalty-free music marketplace with nearly 29,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

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