Hannah Strumner is a 20-year-old songwriter-singer, best known for her live streaming on Instagram, she has released her debut album, ‘Hannah Strumner’ – we’ve been lucky to interview her and have the opportunity to understand how she thinks and approaches her music.

What was the first track you wrote?

The first track I wrote on my album is called “The Train” which was the song that also took the longest for me to write! 

Are there any artists you would like to collaborate with?

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I would love to collaborate with Billy Joel, as he is an incredible artist and has had a great influence on the music industry!

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?

If I didn’t become a musician, I would probably be getting a degree to become a physician. Medical has always been very fascinating to me!  

Where do you see your music in a year’s time?

I hope my music impacts more people, and that it can continue to help people who listen to it. I definitely see a new album coming out in a year’s time! 

Are there any subjects that you wouldn’t write about?

I don’t think I would write a song about mathematics! Math is difficult, and I never have been that great at it, haha!

Best gig so far and where?

I’ve been doing a lot of live streaming since COVID-19, but because of that, I was able to get a pretty good following online and discover how much I love to play music for people’s live!

What qualities do you think you need to be an artist now?

One needs thick skin. Unfortunately, for every 100 times you try to get accepted by labels or radio stations, one will only accept and 99 will reject. Sometimes one takes it personally and that is something that one really has to avoid doing as we always question ourselves, especially since our music is so close to our hearts. 

What’s your creative process for creating your music?

I usually will try to get inspired by looking at pictures of scenery as it can be really inspiring and gives me the vibe and the sound of the song I would want to play. 

Do you follow a process or ritual before a performance to get rid of nerves or performance anxiety?

Usually, if I ever get nervous, I try just to imagine myself playing music alone in my room and where I originally wrote the song. I will imagine the way I felt at the time of me writing it, and it really helps me a lot to do that. 


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