LOCAL ARTIST AND SINGER-SONGWRITER HANNAH ANDERSON FITS INTO THE LOCAL HOUSTON MUSIC ISSUE AS A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE. SHE IS ONLY 21 YEARS OLD AND HAS ALREADY BEEN MAKING MUSIC FOR SIX YEARS.
Right now you’ve got a new project going on and a song coming out next month?
My friend Dakota and I are working on a project, and so that is coming out next month.
And what’s the vibe — have you worked together before?
This is the first time working together, and it’s a really, really cool dynamic kind of vibe. It’s very exciting because he actually works at the barber shop that I go to, and I’m just really close friends with all the guys over there, and somehow I ended up working with him on music, and it’s just been amazing, actually. We’ve just got a really cool sound happening.
How often are you at the barbershop?
Every few days probably. [laughs] They let me use their back room as a workspace sometimes. It’s pretty interesting when that happens.
Do you pick up any particular musical vibe from the barbershop?
Not anything in particular. They’re always playing old school hip-hop and stuff like that, so that’s always cool. I actually was doing part-time reception work over there for a while, and would get to play music for everybody while they’re getting their hair cut, which was fun. And then Dakota took over the job I was doing.
What were some of the first records you latched onto when you were growing up, where you first heard the musicality?
My dad actually, growing up, listened to every genre of music. He listened to a lot of Brazilian music — bossa nova, jazz … a lot of classical music, and my family and I are big fans of musicals. So growing up, we had musicals on always. So I mean, my musical inspirations were pretty diverse, but I don’t think that I realized until a few years ago how impactful that was on me.
And when did you first pick up a guitar?
Maybe when I was 15? My brother started playing – my older brother – I used to do everything that my older brother did, and he was playing guitar, so I was like, “Oh, I have to play guitar now.” So he ended up teaching me just a few chords, and then ended up giving up on teaching me, so I just kind of went with it and started teaching myself.
This was the brother that helped shoot that video in West Texas?
That was my younger brother who shot my video. We’re actually five siblings total, and I’m in the middle of the five. It’s girl/boy/girl/boy/girl.
There’s a certain symmetry to your family. Yes! For sure.
And where was that in West Texas?
That was in Monahans, actually in Monahans Sandhills State Park. It was like a mini-scale – well, I’ve never been to the Sahara Desert, but I would imagine this is what the Sahara Desert looks like on a miniscale. It was beautiful. We ended up having to go out to West Texas for some photos, and since we were out there, we thought, “We might as well take advantage of this moment, get a video!” And neither Josh or I had ever done a video like this before. So it was something completely new for us. We kinda just … it just happened. It was beautiful out there.
Do you read much when you’re in your writing process?
I do like to read a lot, but I feel like whenever I read or listen to a lot of music, I try to not let that really influence exactly what it is that I’m writing, because I don’t want to plagiarize. And I feel like that tends to happen when you’re so into something, you’re so focused on something that it can just come out, you know? So I do like to read and listen to a lot of music, but I try and not necessarily let that influence my writing. I mostly like … just different situations that happen or just people I meet who I’m really inspired by, just social interactions and watching people, how they do things. Why they do what they do. That’s mostly what influences my writing. Just taking in the world.
Fashion Styling: Leslie Rivas -Kelly
Makeup: Bianca Linette
Hair: Juan Valentine + Brandy Chu of Cutthroat Barbershop
Clothing and Accessories: Mix of Myth + Symbol Boutique and Hannah and Dakotas own
Shot: Downtown and Notsuoh Music Venue