How the devil are you Hannah Georgas?
Hey Hannah, how the devil are you?
I'm doing pretty well thanks. I'm currently en route to Amsterdam to play this evening.
What can you tell us about For Evelyn?
I can tell you that I'm currently touring it and that it came out at the end of June. I'm excited to be sharing new music and you should tell your friends.
What have you been listening to that’s found its way into this album?
I was listening to this album called Shriek by Wye Oak around the time I was recording my record. My friend gave it to me on vinyl as a birthday present and I fell in love with it. I loved the way it was mixed and went searching for the fellow who mixed it. I was fortunate to get in touch with Nicolas Vernhes and have him mix my album. That was a pretty wonderful experience.
If people could only listen to one song from the album what would you recommend?
I would recommend 'Waste'. I think it's a lot of fun to listen to on headphones and take in sonically.
What was your process for writing/choosing songs for the album?
I spent about four months in Vancouver writing as much as I possibly could and accumulated a bunch of demos. I got together with Graham Walsh in Toronto a little while later. We worked through the songs and narrowed down which tunes that felt cohesive and strong together. We then focused our energy on the ones that made the record.
You’ve worked with some great people on the record, how much of an influence are they on you and your final album?
All of the people that I worked with on the record are musicians that I have gotten to know over the years. I've developed a sense of trust and companionship with all of them. I'm fairly private with my music at times and it's nice to have people around that I admire and can show my music to.
It was inspired by your grandmother, what’s your standout moment with her?
My grandma has always show me and everyone that crosses her path an incredible amount of patience and compassion. I've always admired that about her. She's coming up on her 99th birthday and I find that such an accomplishment and feat.
Has she heard the album, and if so what does she think?
I believe she has. My mom and I were hanging out with her a little while ago and my mom handed her my vinyl. She mentioned that the album was named after her and my grandma asked "why?" My mom told her that she means the world to me and has done so much for those around her. My grandma started to cry and then I started to lose it.
What’s been your best experience so far this year?
I think this tour that I'm currently on has opened up my mind a lot and given me a lot of perspective on things. I feel like I'm been playing better than I ever have before and I feel different about playing shows altogether. I feel invigorated and that I'm connecting with my audiences in a different way.
What does 2017 hold for you?
More touring this album, more collaborations, more music.
Touring; everyone has to do it. Have you got a place you’ve loved? And hated?
There are things that I really enjoy about it and things that I find difficult. I start to miss my bed and my space. I do love playing show consecutively and finding a groove with my band and myself.
What’s the toughest thing about touring?
I lose things a lot and it really bothers me. I have so many things on my mind on all the time and I find it's a thing that I've started accept because it keeps happening but it sucks.
And what makes it all worthwhile?
The audiences. The music. The laughs.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'No. 1 Against The Rush' by Liars.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
I'm not sure. I think you're good!
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
Coffee with a bit of milk. I've been enjoying some good pilsners over here in Europe.
For all the info you'll ever need check out Hannah's website. For Evelyn is available now to buy or download.