Q&A : ReverbNation Competition Winner Hannah Larson


For those reader that haven’t heard of you before could you tell us a bit about yourself your story?

I was born in South Dakota and I currently reside outside of NY.  I work at a hedge fund from 9-6, and I write music at night.  I’ve been writing music since I was about 15.  I started singing and taking piano as a young girl (age 6).  I wanted to be a dancer, but my parents signed me up for piano instead (hah!).  My first performance was in the 1st grade – I sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” dressed as Dorothy.  This is when I realized I wanted to perform because it was invigorating and also terrifying.  I also have a really fluffy cat named Milly.

Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?

So many people, but primarily Norah Jones – she is an electric storyteller.  People who get up on stage to share their art and tell their story is inspiring to me.  Think of how horrifying public speaking is; standing in front of your class or coworkers to give a presentation.  Imagine that x100 because your singing and making music, sharing the most VULNERABLE part of you.

Could you tell us a bit about the writing/recording of the winning track “Get Back Up”?

I gave up on performing for a while.  When I graduated from music school, I became a bit exhausted by the music world.  You give so much of yourself and get very little in return sometimes, and I felt immense pressure to be perfect.  So I just stopped.  And then I started to miss it and I realized I had given up because I felt like I had failed or “fallen”.  I wrote this song as I was coming out of that period.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your songs?

Life.  I know it sounds like a cliche, but so much happens in life and life is so short.  When you’re a creative person, you see the world a certain way and I feel it’s my duty to get it all down on paper and in my case, in a song.

The recording of the video for your track “Waterfall” looks like a lot of fun or was it just really cold?

FREEZING!!!!!  Ha ha ha.  My best friend in the whole world did the dance for that song.  I can’t think of anyone else who would do something like that for me.  It wasn’t an accident that I stayed on the rock *beside* the water. 🙂

Last year you released your EP “Get Back Up” is that a collection of songs you have been working on for a while or were they written for the EP?

I’ve been working on them for a couple of years.  I never know which songs will go onto a CD while I’m writing them.  I like to just write write write and then brainstorm for the CD later.

What is the most interesting venue you have performed at?

A farmer’s market.  All of the hustle and bustle was intriguing.  When you’re a performer, you’re used to being watched.  However, this wasn’t the case at the farmers market.  I was a little fly on the wall; a little music making fly that people passed by and glanced at while they headed for the veggies.  It was actually pretty great!

Here at Artistic Echoes we are always on the look out for new artists do you have anyone you would like to recommend?

Colin Cutler (colincutlermusic.com) – he is an up and coming folk artist and is one of the many storytellers that inspire me.

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

I’m hoping to move out to California this summer.  I’m in desperate need of warm weather, and I’d like to “get back up” and perform out there. 🙂

I would also like to have a fresh start on the west coast.  I’m excited!!

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