Self-Taught Singer - Hannah Scott - Artist Interviews #10
Lyrical depth births fascinating music.
Where many songs press on along familiar paths, those sung by Hannah Scott divert down dim alleyways to an alternative destination.
Her unique style carries hints of Dido, yet bolder, heavier and fuller in tone. Her tracks are an otherworldly mix of emotions.
Meaningful, melancholic and atmospheric, songs like "Hurricanes" invoke feelings of wonder, suspense, even hope.
Her newest single, "Weight of Your Words," (released today) demonstrates the emotive scope of her singing - delivering its thoughtful message in genial fashion. A melodic treat you'd be best served indulging in asap.
In this piece, our 10th "Artist Interview" (yay!), we have a chance at understanding the driving factors underlying Hannah Scott's work as a musician.
Check out Hannah's answers below and listen to her latest tracks on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/hannahscottuk). Follow her on Twitter too (@hannahscottuk)!
What prompted you to begin making music?
I think I wrote my first “song” at about the age of 10, sat at the piano, probably trying to avoid practicing!
It came really naturally I suppose, there wasn’t really a point where I decided I would start doing it, I just did it.
I picked up a guitar for the first time when I was about 13 and taught myself a few chords and my songwriting really started gaining momentum from there and I’ve never stopped.
Are you interested in collaborating with any other musicians? If so, who?
Well, I already feel lucky enough to work with my creative partner, Stefano Della Casa (@stedellacasa), but if I could write and perform a song with one artist, it would probably be Ryan Adams.
I like to think our voices would work well together. :)
Did you receive any formal musical training or are you self-taught?
I was lucky that my parents recognised musicality in me at a young age and although there wasn’t lots of money flying around, they decided that music lessons were really important and made sacrifices in order to pay for them.
My Dad picked up a second hand piano from a friend in the pub for £70 when I was about four and it saw me all the way through to Grade 8!
As I mentioned, I taught myself guitar and I’ve never really studied singing either.
What is the single greatest song (or songs) you've ever heard?
If I have to choose one song it would probably be “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room” by John Mayer.
I would be happy taking that one song to a desert island with me and I don’t think I’d ever get bored of listening to it.
I recently saw him perform it live at the O2 in London and it was incredible. If you don’t know the song, check it out!
If you could only write one more song, what would it be about?
Probably about it being my last song and the futility of needing to express everything I may ever need to express in the future in those three minutes!
Thanks, Hannah! Don't forget to listen to Hannah's latest tracks on Soundcloud as well as follow her on Twitter (@hannahscottuk).
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