We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Bowers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, how do you define success?
Success is a feeling. It’s not one title, event, award or achievement; it’s the whole expression of your being. It is knowing who you are and what’s important to you, and living a life that is in alignment with that. Every day you can be successful as long as you showed up for yourself fully. When you discover what authenticity feels like for you, you can begin to cultivate a successful life based in that feeling.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am not one thing. You will never see me stick to a specific musical genre, career path, style, or any stereotype. There will always be side projects, re-brands, new rules, and exceptions to those rules. I explore my mind, my identity and my experiences through creating music, and most importantly I have fun doing so.
My greatest achievement to date is my album “Not One Thing” that comes out in May. It is the most honest piece of art I’ve ever created. It captures the journey of learning about myself; my emotions, relationships, identity, and artistic expression. It’s a collection of songs that “found themselves” as I found myself. I produced the whole thing, and I had the greatest team of friends helping me get it to shine – like good friends do for each other as people too.
I’ve been writing songs since I was a very young child, and I’ve spent every year of my life becoming a better songwriter, and becoming myself. I’ve learned the best way to do that is in having unconditional love for yourself – taking care of yourself, speaking to yourself kindly. When you build that unbreakable love, you can truly do anything. And that is the gift I want to give people– whether it is with my music, my words, or my interactions with them. It takes love to be fearless, it takes love to be authentic, it takes love to be free. It is my greatest hope that by expressing myself boldy and authentically that I will inspire the same in others, and fill the world with more positivity, authenticity and love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite place in LA is Venice. Coffee at Menotti’s then walk around to the different shops, skatepark, ocean, and canals. Grab lunch at Tocaya Organica. Then drive up to the pacific palisades and walk along the cliffs until the sun set. We’d spend another day at the south bay beaches–skate down the strand.
I’d dedicate a night to Griffith Observatory and attend a star show at the planetarium followed by an epic feast at House of Pies. One night we’d have to go to Dance Yourself Clean or Gay Asstrology at The Satellite. One afternoon we’d drive around the Hollywood Hills, getting very lost trying to find the best view possible. And other spent wandering around Melrose Trading Post & eat at Canter’s Deli after. I’d make sure to get some sweet record finds at Amoeba and follow up with some pizza and beer at Elbow Room. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout some key people that have supported and encouraged me in both my personal and musical growth this past year: my parents, The Bards, Jake Bonham, Joe Chisari, and Anna Cantwell.
Shaina Woolley, Jake Bonham, Jack Zicovich, Peter Nelson, Felicie, Meagan Bolds, Tyler Betancourt, Nick Mastrolia