Budding local songster has a minor hit

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Something you don’t hear about every day is a local, original song making waves (even minor ones) on the big music streaming services. It is happening right now.

The song is called ‘Hello’ and it was conceived and recorded by Hunter Mouallem in his home recording studio in Slave Lake.

“It’s on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon,” he says. “Every major streaming service that is out there.”

Mouallem may be better known as one of the stars of the local Midget hockey team. He’s the team captain in his third year with the Thunder, but hasn’t been playing due to hockey being shut down for health reasons. It turns out besides sports and school, he’s developed a knack for recording music. First it was “in my closet,” he says. Then this summer, using money earned from a job at Gilwood Golf Club, he bought some better equipment, set it up in the family garage and got down to business.

Mouallem says when writing, he usually starts with the beat. It’s all done digitally. When he’s got one he likes, he’ll start riffing with words and a melody emerges. Then it’s a matter of making adjustments, adding other sounds (also all digital, except for recorder on ‘Hello’) and then mixing, balancing, etc.

“I don’t have a traditional approach,” he says.

With lots of time on his hands, Mouallem is working on more original material. He hopes to have a six-song EP ready for release in three or four months. “And probably another single.”

As for performing, it’s out of the question for now – nor has he done any outside of high school band stuff prior to COVID. As for future plans, Mouallem hopes to study business at NAIT or Okanagan College.

Hunter Mouallem in his home recording studio.

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