Artist Spotlight on star ⭐️ Alt Pop Singer/Songwriter Hannah Trigwell @hannahtrigwell ⭐️🎶🎵
Produced by a Girl Artist Interview - Hannah Trigwell
Hi! What was the inspiration behind Comfortable ?
It’s a song about taking risks while you’re young, not getting ‘too comfortable’ too soon. It’s partly inspired by my Nan who says ‘you don’t give a fuck when you’re 80!’ so I had a lot of fun dressing up as a life-loving granny in the music video. I think sometimes when you’re young you get focused on things that don’t really matter, and actually you’re in the prime of your life and you should be enjoying every day as much as you can.
How do you handle the pressures of being a top charting award winning artist as an indie star?
The only pressure I feel, is the pressure I put on myself. I tend to bite off a lot more than I can chew, and I do experience burnout quite a lot because I’m involved in every aspect of releasing and promoting music, but that’s probably why I’ve had a 10-year long, independent music career so far. I’ll never be satisfied, that’s a blessing and a curse. I love music and I love working hard. There’s a lot of work to do when you’re independent, so I do take on a lot, but I enjoy it. I just have to try and delegate what I’m not good at, to ease a bit of the workload pressure.
What was the story behind the title “Comfortable?”
I associate the word comfortable with coasting, or settling. Getting too comfortable is about being trapped by convenience. And it’s not so uch about relationships. It’s about your way of life. Your career. Your choices. I think we should be doing things that make us feel alive, while we’re here.
What’s your favorite memory busking?
In the middle of Leeds (Briggate) I once had a crowd so big that council officers had to try and move people on because no-one could get passed to the shops. Every one was singing along, clapping, sitting down with picnics, the sun was shining and there was a lot of joy in the air. It was absolutely magical.
What can other indies learn from your pathway to success?
I guess just try different things, and diversify to build a stable income if you want to be a full-time musician. You don’t have to sign to a label to have a career in music. There are stepping stones, it might not happen overnight, but it’s about trying things, figuring out what you like and what you’re good at, and rolling with that. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do, you can carve your own path, accepting the sacrifices whatever they may be, and make it happen in the right way for you. Also, learning to pivot or persevere - taking moments to reflect on what’s working and what’s not (personally and professionally) and what’s fuelling your fire, and what’s draining your energy. I think curating your life and your career is important. They go hand in hand.
What drew you to the music industry and what has your journey been like?
I loved Top Of The Pops. I thought guitarists seemed so cool. I also loved all the music my parents played in the car and around the house. Music has always had such a powerful effect on me. I really feel the emotion in songs. I wanted to create something someone else would resonate with in that way too.
When did you start studying/writing music and do you have an instrument of choice?
I taught myself on guitar and vocals, guitar is my go-to. Songwriting is something that I’ve always been obsessed with. The way words and melodies intertwine and build meaning. It fascinates me.
Who are you inspired by?
Fleetwood Mac, Maggie Rogers, Norah Jones, Kehlani, Muna, Fletcher, Holly Humberstone
Leeds’ beloved busker turned chart topper, Hannah Trigwell,
will be dropping the first single from her forthcoming album this Summer.
Since beginning her music career at age 17, Hannah has independently achieved international chart topping success, sold-out tours across the globe, and garnered over 130 million views on her YouTube channel.
‘Comfortable is all about being young whilst you’re young; about growing older and not wanting opportunities and life to pass you by’ Hannah explains.
‘It’s about having young love and taking risks whilst you can, before you get too comfortable and there’s no way back.’
Writing and releasing music independently, Hannah has garnered over 135 million YouTube views, achieved numerous top ten international hits (including two #1 singles in Laos and Vietnam) and has built a growing online community of over 800,000 people.
Beginning her career as a busker at the age of 17, Hannah has since been nominated as ‘One to Watch’ by various national publications, completed sold-out, international tours and supported the likes of Jess Glynne, Jake Bugg, and Boyce Avenue.
‘Uncanny ability to strum heartstrings’ - Billboard
‘The people’s popstar’ - Lorraine, ITV
‘A rising star’ - Hello Magazine
‘Busker to number 1 selling single’ - The Independent
Distribution: TeaPot Records via AWAL
Production: Ben Matravers (Easy Life, Josie Proto, Abbie Ozard)
Mixing Engineer: Lee Smith (Holly Humberstone, Easy Life, The Cribs) Mastering Engineer: Andy Baldwin (Arcane Roots, Wretch 32, Oasis) Artist & Animator: Sophie Ogden