RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST HALLWORTH
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I started writing music when I was 9 years old, and just never really stopped! My brother and I used to record our own songs using GarageBand when we were really young and it just grew from there.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
My name is Hannah, I live in South London, and I perform under the name Hallworth. I started learning to play the violin at 4, and the piano at 7, so have always been playing music throughout my life. I released my first single (under a different name) when I was 19 and I’ve been releasing music since then!
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
What’s it like being a woman in music?
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
My mum and I got another dog in the pandemic, which definitely wasn’t a necessity but was a fun decision!
What useless party trick do you have?
I can raise one eyebrow at a time!
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We played a headline show in London back in February at the end of the our tour, and it was so much fun. We were playing on Battersea Barge and the boat even started rocking during our set which I didn’t notice until after we stopped playing.
What was the worst experience on stage?
The first time I ever performed my own music on stage when I was about 12 the mic stand kept falling down and I had to try and keep playing, and I hadn’t had a lot of experience at that point so I was really nervous.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
Bar tenders are usually surprised I’m 25 haha
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
I would say it’s like Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers had an English baby.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think my honesty in my songwriting. All of my songs are based on personal experiences and I think that shows.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Feeling like there’s not enough time in the world to do everything.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Probably the new single – Staying Over. I think it’s the track we get most into, and feels like we let loose when we play it.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called Staying Over, and I wrote it last summer about realising you had more feelings for someone than you planned to.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I wrote it and demoed it at home back in June last year, after spending days lying about in the sun. I think that it really represents that summer feeling to me. I took it to the band back in January when we were rehearsing for our February tour, and we turned it into what it is today!
What was the recording process like?
I headed into the studio in Peckham with my band, and tracked the guitars, drums and bass live, then went back and overdubbed all the vocals. I had to go back into the studio a couple weeks later to finalise the vocals, but it was a really fun day and was great to work together in the studio for the first time.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I think it was just a really fun experience working together with the band to bring it all together. Everything I’ve released in the past I’ve recorded on my own, so it was great working with my amazing band Jacob, Cam and Luke to put it all together.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
There’s not a lot I would change! I think maybe if we had more time in the studio I’d have added even more harmonies, but I’m definitely happy with how it’s turned out.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Planning on releasing new singles every month or so and playing as many gigs as possible!