Will Hunt Interview
William Martin “Will” Hunt has played for many bands, including Evanescence, Skrape, Dark New Day, Black Label Society, and Device, and as a touring member for Staind.
In Italy he is well known for playing with the top artist Vasco Rossi.
Planet Drum has interviewed Will Hunt during his Italian Clinic/Concert Tour in the beautiful city of Rome.
Hunt’s first band was the nu metal band Skrape. The band was formed in the late 1990s and released two albums, New Killer America and Up The Dose. In 2004, the band was dropped from RCA Records, and disbanded shortly afterward.
Dark New Day
Hunt helped form Dark New Day in 2004. Their debut album Twelve Year Silence, was released in 2005. They recorded their second album, Hail Mary in 2008, although due to band members’ involvement with other projects, the album was not released until 2013. The group is currently inactive, with no known plans of returning.
Hunt has been involved with several bands on a temporary basis as a recording or live member.
During 2007, Hunt recorded with bloodsimple and Static-X.
In 2008, Hunt filled in for Tommy Lee in Mötley Crüe for several dates when Lee suffered from tendinitis.
Hunt joined Tommy Lee’s rap metal side-project Methods of Mayhem as the drummer for their 2010 A Public Disservice Announcement album. Though he was set to appear with the band on tour promoting the album, he was replaced with Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose.
It was announced in 2010 that Hunt would be the new drummer for Crossfade’s third album, We All Bleed. It was confirmed Hunt’s involvement was only temporary due to Crossfade’s announcement of Mark Castillo joining on drums. On December 10, 2010 Hunt was named as the new Drummer for Eye Empire. He replaced original Empire drummer Garrett Whitlock, but left in 2011.
In May 2011, it was announced that Hunt would be taking over drumming duties for the scheduled Staind tour dates, taking place of the original drummer, Jon Wysocki, who had recently left.
In February 2013, he recorded with the band SOiL for their 2013 album Whole
Hunt has also played live with Slaughter, and Vince Neil.
In May 2007, Hunt was named as a replacement for the departed Rocky Gray of Evanescence, and remained with the group through their The Open Door album tour, which ended in December 2007. He remained active with Dark New Day while playing with Evanescence. Hunt performed with Evanescence in their 2009 one-off show at the Maquinaria Festival in São Paulo, Brazil. On February 2010, Hunt rejoined Evanescence when the band started pre-production of their third album. After touring in 2011 and 2012, Evanescence decided to take an extended break.
Black Label Society
Hunt was a member of Black Label Society from 2010 to 2011, recording Order of the Black with the band. In 2011, he left due to his commitment to Evanescence.
It was announced in January 2013 that Hunt would be a band member for David Draiman’s new project, Device. They are currently inactive due to Draiman’s wife giving birth to a son.
White Noise Owl
In 2013, Hunt contributed drums to White Noise Owl’s EP Until We Meet Again which was produced by Ben Grosse and features musicians Pete Murray of Lo-Pro on vocals, John Fahnestock on bass, and Chris Shy on guitar. The EP was released on March 11, 2014.
On 1 March 2014, Hunt joined the Vasco Rossi band for the live tour Live Kom014 – Cambia-menti.