We chat with Hannah Trigwell
Hey Hannah, what have you been up to today?
Hi! Just in the car at the moment on the way to London to perform tonight. This morning I did a live acoustic session for GAK and before that I had a slice of jam on toast. The day has just begun ha ha.
Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Yes! I’m Hannah Trigwell - I’m an independent singer-songwriter from Leeds, UK, who likes to write and perform guitar-driven pop songs, and emotional stripped tunes too.
So, your debut album is out, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called RED as that colour sums up the major emotions and song themes - love/lust/anger/jealousy. We recorded it at Song Mason Studios and mixed in at Greenmount Studios in Leeds and I’ve self-released it on my own label TeaPot Records. It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster in terms of song order so it’s a bit of an experience to listen to it as a whole!
How did you go about writing and choosing which songs to record?
I’d written quite a lot of songs before starting to record the album. It was important to me to pick songs for the album that affected me emotionally. I really wanted to make and record the kind of music that came naturally to me, instead of overthinking it or trying to make something that other people might like.
I’m gonna pick a couple of my favourite tracks to ask you about. First up, what can you tell us about ‘Taboo’?
'Taboo' is about a forbidden love, and sort of judging yourself and fear of being judged for that. I wrote it with a great songwriter and producer called Ollie Green a few years ago, it came out quite quickly as I’d been wanting to write a song about that concept for a long time.
I really like ‘Another Beautiful Mistake’, talk to me about that song?
This song uses drinking and a car crash as a metaphor for a car crash of a relationship. The lyrics reference wanting to get revenge on someone and see their reaction to that revenge, so it’s kind of dark in that way. We recorded it in Germany so it has some European influences in terms of sound.
What’s the one song on the record that you really want people to hear?
How do you describe your job?
A lot of fun and unpredictable.
Your YouTube channel is mental. Over ten million views of ‘Halleluljah’. What is it about that song that makes it so powerful?
Thanks! It’s just an incredible song, the lyrics and the music, it really is a masterpiece. One of those "I wish I’d written that" ones.
And well over 22 million views for ‘Stay With Me’. Good choice, but what made you pick that song to cover?
I heard it before it had even been released - as a premiere on Radio 1, and I just thought it was an instant classic, I connected with it straight away so putting my own spin on that song came really naturally.
How did you get from doing YouTube covers to having your own album?
Working like mad for a long time and always trying to learn how to improve in every area; from songwriting to video editing. I’d been songwriting a long time before releasing anything of my own, but I wanted to make sure what I released was good and worth listening to.
You’ve got your own record label too, right, how did that come about?
At first it was out of necessity because I wanted to release music independently, but now I’ve built a great team of people and I love working with them on other independent projects too, making music videos for other artists and social media management, its all good fun.
What’s been the toughest thing?
The industry can be brutal, the thing to remember is that whether the music is connecting or not - it’s all down to the community of people that are listening, not one dude in a shiny building.
And what’s been the best part?
Meeting people after shows that have listened to me online for years, that is really awesome.
Obviously there’s a lot of talk about equality in general life at the moment, what’s your experience of being treated differently as a woman in your industry?
I don’t come across women that much in this industry, which is a real shame, but I haven’t felt like being a woman has disadvantaged me in any way.
Speaking as someone relatively early in their career, do you feel the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are having a positive effect?
Yes certainly! Those movements are brilliant at bringing to light situations that shouldn’t have ever gone under the radar, in any industry.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
About 2 years ago when I met Lorraine Kelly.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
More touring, music video shooting and editing and spreading the word about my debut album RED.
If you could recommend one song to hear this week, what would it be?
'Psycho' by Lauren Aquilina.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
‘would you like a cup of tea?’ haha
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Milk, no sugar!
to find out more about Hannah you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or see what she's up to on Instagram. Her debut album, RED, it available now from everywhere you buy or stream music. Tidal stream below...