Exclusive Interview with Hannah Judson
Thank you for chatting with us today Hannah! You have a really interesting release happening with your album. Will you tell us more about it?
Thank you for having me! I am in the middle of an 8 week Backwards Record Release for Stingray, a collection of songs I recorded at Boneyard Records in Sacramento in 2019 (so long ago!) and released early this spring on all the major digital platforms. Just as soon as I released the record in the spring, we went into our first quarantine lockdown (in France where I live), and so all planning for the record release party and media events slid off the table. During the first lockdown I kept my creative process moving, so I was writing new material, but struggling to finish anything, or find new meaning. By the summer, I got my creative groove back, and had a handful of new songs to begin recording. I felt though, that I needed to give more attention to Stingray, before just moving forward with new material. I realized I was doing everything backwards in the record release, like a lot of other things this year.
In September we threw a beautiful record release party in a wide open chateau courtyard, an easy set up for social distancing. We had fire pits, wine, a great line up, the wide open sky and a beautiful moon. People came, it was festive, but that was definitely the last live event for a long time.
Now I am in the middle of an 8 week rollout of the 8 songs, that have 8 themes to unpack through interviews, live streams, giveaways, and more. I have been experimenting with live streaming conversations with creative people, and learning more about how they are getting through this weird moment in history. I have been amplifying their beautiful works, good ideas, process for health and wellness as well, because there is so much we can learn from each other. There is a lot out there right now dragging people down.
This has been a year of a lot of wondering, ambiguity, loss, anger, and learning new ways of doing and moving forward. There has also been discovery, new connections, and tested resilience. I want to contribute to the upswing.
How did you come up with this concept?
It evolved, to be sure. I was trying to figure out what I could do to spend more time with my record Stingray, and I realized there was no roadmap to follow. I just had to move forward. In my day job I am a course designer, and I used some of those organizational tools to map out themes, activities and interactions.
What has 2020 been like for you? What have been some of the ways you have stayed creative and challenged yourself?
I am always writing new material, which sometimes is a struggle, but even then, I keep combing, styling, clipping, changing the color, changing the part until I find what I am looking for. But the Backwards Record Release has placed a few opportunities to stretch and grow in the use of video and live streaming. I have been making lyric videos to accompany some songs, which is fun and is an opportunity to learn more about video editing. Additionally I been live streaming interviews, which I love doing so much. This is something I am going to carry on with past the 8 week campaign. Especially in lockdown, it’s such an energy boost to have conversations with others about creativity, music, life. People are so interesting! It’s a great platform to be able to ask all the questions, and just listen.
If you had to choose one song to listen to on repeat, what would it be?
The song Deep Sea Diver treats the idea that two people from different extremes of the universe can be pulled into a love story — from outer space and from the ocean floor — however unlikely, and that it not only makes sense to them, it is part of their being, it is who they are. Our journeys are vast, and when our soul resonates with another, we know it. Love doesn’t require a linear narrative. It can be literally all over the place.
Do you have any plans after the release to get back in the studio or work on new music?
Yes! I have a new record in the works, tentatively called “Take the Angel Down.” I am not sure when I’ll get back to California to work with my producer JL Espada. I may record it one song a time, working with other artists at a distance, and just release it song by song.
Where can we keep up with you and watch this amazing release unfold?
Follow on www.facebook.com/hannahJudsonMusic/ for songs, themes, giveaways, conversation and to share your input.
1. Collaborate with me.
Participate in my videos. Send me your own photos and/or video that could potentially be included in videos and media related to the songs. I am interested in images of you, and things that inspire you and keep you going during these dark days.
Share your story with me. I am interested in learning how other people are managing this moment in history. What keeps you going? What holds your interest? What have you discovered? What has changed? Get in touch with me about sharing your story. It can be one sentence, one paragraph, a video, or a long, live conversation. Open to varied media.
- Follow HJ: on Spotify, my release homebase and on InstaGram and my Facebook page where I’ll be broadcasting the ongoing backwards record release items and events.
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