Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Hannah Woof find out more about her...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Growing up in Warwickshire, I began writing and singing songs from an early age. In my younger years I sang with my grandparents sharing our love for 60’s and 70’s classics in front of people in local retirement homes.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
As a child, I was brought up listening to the likes of Simon and Garfunkel as well as Fleetwood Mac, Bryan Adams, Debbie Harry, The Carpenters and Phil Collins. To this day I am still inspired by these people as well as Gabrielle Aplin, Hudson Taylor, Lewis Watson, Bry, and Dodie Clark.
How would you describe your sound?
I would best describe my sound as acoustic folk pop!
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Before releasing my EP ‘Sleepless Nights’ I released my debut single ‘This Night Is Ours.” The song has become some sort of a ritual, as it is always played last, at the end of a performance, as I believe that it shows that the night was something to remember; something that we shared. However, initially, whilst writing it, I was trying to convey the idea that there are multiple things that I feel I need from a partner but also that I acknowledge I think too much and seek for more than I perhaps need. And therefore, something so little as spending an evening with a loved one, is precious enough to make it ours.
What’s your local music scene like?
My local music scene is unbelievable! I find myself constantly inspired by the people within Leamington’s music scene – such as Joe Dolman, Jack Hopkinson, Izzie Derry, Jake Melles, Chris Jenner Jones, Grassroutes and The Ellipsis, to name a few. All of the artists/bands have their own originality, which make them stand out from everybody else. We are all somewhat similar, but we seem to have all found our own niche.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
All I can say is for the next 12 months I plan on writing, recording and releasing more music! But I wont deny that I have many a gig planned! I cant wait to see what the next year brings.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with as many people as possible. I find it eye opening to work with new people as I learn new things during the writing process, or whilst performing. To name a select few people Id love to collaborate with would be too difficult!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I find that I constantly blab whilst playing a show, in order to make myself more relaxed, but there’s always something I will say to embarrass myself. Whilst afterwards, I know I will roll my eyes at these stupid moments, I cant help but feel like it makes every night special. The truth is, I couldn’t be purposely funny if I tried!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The recognition and appreciation of my music is what keeps me going. I didn’t begin writing with the anticipation that others would ever hear my works, but it’s so heart-warming when I hear people singing my songs back to me. After releasing my song Sleepless Nights, the title track from my debut EP, I received a tweet, from a complete stranger, thanking me for the song, because it had helped them get through a rough time. That in itself keeps me going, I write as an outlet for myself to get my troubles and worries off my mind, the fact that it helps others in doing so is the most rewarding thing.
The release of my debut EP has been an overwhelming experience. From writing songs in my bedroom, to playing a sold out show, surrounded by friends, family and those who had helped me to make it all possible. To the excitement of having my first radio play, thanks to BBC Introducing Coventry and Warwickshire. For me, it’s not about getting into the charts and being world famous, it’s about the small minority who will listen to my music and take something from it, the fact that people are listening and appreciating what I do makes me realise that I’m doing what I should be doing.
You can follow my musical adventure on my Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter and via my YouTube. My debut EP is available for you to buy and listen to via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Shazam etc.