Hannah Strumner Talk About Old Phone Line

Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?

Ans: Oh, that is a very good question, I’d have to say it can honestly be both. When an artist makes a record there is a period of excitement and also anticipation. So some days I’m just super excited and then other days I am also wondering in the back of my mind is this good enough. I think as an artist it is best to remember to go with your gut and to remember why you started music in the first place.

Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?

Ans : You know, it really all depends on how songs come to me sometimes you can take 15 minutes and other times it could take a year and a half, it really depends on what point you are at to emphasize that emotion. One may not be ready yet to do that and that’s okay, the ones they are then they can continue on writing a song even if it’s been a full year.

Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Ans: “You can do anything you set your mind to” was the biggest advice I was given and will never take that for granted.

Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?

Ans: For readers who have never heard my music I really feel the five words that can emphasize it are: Different, emotional, independent, one in a Million, and relatable.

Q:What is your favorite song to sing live?

Ans: My favorite song to sing live is old phone line because it is a very emotional song to me and means so much to me as well. Though, that might change when the new songs come out.

Q:Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?

Ans:I actually do have in album that I’m currently recording and it has been such an amazing and incredible journey and I honestly cannot wait for everybody to hear it.

Q:Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general?

Ans : I think the biggest advice that I would give to a beginning artist is not to give up things can be difficult and people can be hurtful but when it comes down to it it’s what you think about your work and how you feel when you’re doing it. Asking the question on how it gets you through life and being able to answer in a positive manner means that music is meant for you. I was told by somebody that I could do anything that I set my mind to, at the time I thought it was really cliche, but I soon learned that that became the case. Things don’t always come easy to us and you may have to wake up at 3 a.m to work and do music, but you are the only one that can push your music forward and no one can take that away from you.

Q: Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.?

Ans: My uncle and my grandfather were very musical. My uncle played the guitar and he was really good at it and my grandfather played the piano and he just adored it. I feel like music definitely is something that runs in the blood and I feel like in my mind and in my relatives minds there is this desire to create certain things and to emphasize story in a unique way.

Q: Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Ans: I was influenced by a lot of old music. No, not from the 90s but from the 60s and 50s. My mother and father would always listen to a lot of CDs and tapes in the car, I really liked Rodger Millers King of the Road. I feel like that really got me started in music.

Q: How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Ans:Oh, this one’s a good question. I have made mistakes during a performance and the biggest advice I can say is not to stop performing. Don’t recognize and identify the mistake that you made when you are on stage or on a livestream because most likely people will think it’s either intentional that what that mistake is meant to be, or they just don’t even think about it.

Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

Ans:Balancing music and being a college student full time can by hectic. In fact, i’m currently doing finals and also recording my album and music video, in the same week. But, to balance it, one has to take advantage of anytime that is available and view it as precious. Every second of the day is time that you can be doing something productive.

Thanks for taking time out of your day:)