Hannah Joy is one of our favourite Unearthed discoveries of 2014. The talented Sydney singer has just dropped a brand new single and is our feature artist all this week.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I used to be primarily a classical pianist and then began writing music. Sometimes I would sing (reluctantly and semi-badly) in order to communicate the melody and then after a while realised that singing for me was the most exhilarating, liberating thing ever. My sound developed/is developing into a mix of indie poppy mish-mash.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My greatest source of inspiration would be the creative experience of making the music itself. Truly, it’s less of making it and more following it and responding to it. I am excited by how it shapes people and communities. I find it to be very powerful and a very good time.
What can punters expect from a Hannah Joy live show?
I play as a trio, with drums and bass. I have also written a few string arrangements for some songs so depending on the venue, there’s that. I dunno, I just hope for a good time; wailing, cutting shapes and whatnot.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Best advice I was given was from an older friend when they said to me, (about life generally) “You’re not shit and you’re not amazing but you are special”. I think that was helpful in escaping that internal dichotomy of feeling like you’re a dud, so then trying to convince yourself you’re a legend but instead you don’t have to do any of that and just be.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
What Australian track would you play someone to make them cry?
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track would you put on next?
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to the closing night of FBi Social last weekend. It was very cool, kinda sad.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There’s a heap around right now that is inspiring. We’ve got a wide group of friends that sometimes play and write together; some of them being Tim Fitz, Spirit Faces, Jack Froggatt of Mansionair, Blackwood. They’re all doing explorative stuff.
What are your plans for the rest of 2014 and in to 2015?
Well I released a new single this week, hurrah! And yeah, I’m just drip feeding morsels until my EP is ready which is going to be released early next year. I’ve got a couple of shows to close the year with and hope to start gigging like a gig-cracker from Crunchytown (that’s a thing) next year.