“Music was always something I’ve been really passionate about. I studied Biology at university and enjoyed that, but music comes much more naturally to me. I will always love making music.”
Hannah Trigwell is a singer/songwriter from Leeds in the UK. Her music career began after busking on the streets of her hometown. She toured the UK a number of times and released two EPs of original music, while studying Biology at University. Hannah still sells music independently and has toured the UK and mainland Europe several times. Her new EP is coming soon. You can watch Hannah perform her song “Taboo” as part of the YouTube Music Foundry, or read on to find out more.
Tell us about your journey with music so far.
I started out busking in my hometown and then posting videos up on YouTube to reach an international audience. First I focused on putting my own spin on popular songs but Songwriting and releasing original music (being an artist in my own right) was always the dream. Skip ahead a few years and I’m now a full-time, independent, touring artist. I feel very lucky to be able to do this every day.
Was this always what you wanted to do or did it emerge over time?
It’s always been something I’ve been really passionate about. I studied Biology at university and enjoyed that, but music comes much more naturally to me. I will always love making music.
Who has helped you in the process of following your dream?
My family and friends have been very supportive. Sometimes touring can be difficult, being away from loved ones or away for special events, but having supportive people in my life has been amazing. Also, from touring with other artists, especially Nick Howard, I’ve learnt to relax on stage and really enjoy what I do without feeling shy or nervous about performing or talking to an audience.
What inspires you?
Life generally. Movies… Maybe something I see or read somewhere. Inspiration comes from everywhere so I always make time to note down or record ideas on the go.
What challenges have you encountered and how have you overcome them?
I realised quite early on that the more I do myself, the quicker and more productive I can be. So for example, I learnt to use photoshop to make my own artwork, I made my own website, I ship my own merch, I make my own videos… things like this take time to learn and it’s definitely a challenge to juggle everything, but it means that if something needs to be done within a time constraint, I can do it all haha, even on the road.
What message are you trying to share with your work?
Emotions mostly. Telling stories of relationships and heartbreak through music is what I do best, when people connect with what I’ve made it’s a amazing feeling.
How did you learn to deal with criticism?
When you put yourself out there on the Internet you are asking for trouble haha. Thankfully the positive comments have largely outweighed any negativity but there have been times when I have been hurt by things People have said behind a screen – it’s just something you get over, constructive criticism is always welcome, but anything else I just brush off because it means nothing as long as I am happy with who I am and what I’ve done.
Tell us about the feeling music gives you.
Relief, sadness, happiness. Pride! So many feelings!!
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Songwriting is the most important thing. And content quality, everything else is just noise really.
What have you learned in the process of following your dream?
I’ve learnt that following a dream isn’t like in the movies haha. It requires hard work and determination. It’s a journey. A great one!
What are you most excited for in the future?
Right now I can’t wait to release my next single. Coming in… literally weeks! It is called “Another Beautiful Mistake”- I feel like it’s really one of the best songs I’ve written to date.