We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Crowley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hannah, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My work life balance has changed significantly over time. When I first moved to Los Angeles I spent nearly every day scouring the web for job opportunities. In order to establish myself I felt that I needed to spend as much time as possible gaining experience – paid or unpaid. I spent those early days saying yes to everything ! Over time this became emotionally and physically draining, but there was a positive side. I met some incredible people, built a valuable local network and in general got the feel for what the LA music industry was all about.

These days I am more familiar with the industry and am focusing more on my own artistic projects. Also, I can take time off for rest and recreation such as reading and working out. I have also learned to say ‘No’ to stuff that doesn’t take me where I want to go professionally, and generally feel more in control. Right now I am happy with my life and feel so much gratitude to all those who have helped me along the way.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been involved with music and singing all of my life – choirs, musicals, countless gigs, cover bands and competitions. And later this year I plan to release my debut EP under my own name. I had a lot of trial and error with my writing before I discovered the authentic ‘me’ and started writing about issues that are close to my heart and based on my lived experience such as struggles with anxiety, self doubt and current social issues.
Apart from that, key influences on writing style came from the music I listened to in my childhood – All Saints, The Cranberries and The Prodigy. I also integrated aspects of different genres that have inspired me over the years such as alt rock, new wave and electronic pop. The culmination of all this work is my upcoming EP due out in the Fall, about which I am very excited.
The creative process for the EP has involved a lot of collaboration with other incredibly talented songwriters including Floyd Fuji, Emily Shearman, Eloise Kelsey, Johannes Burger, and Elliott Marchent who produced all 5 tracks. A real eye opener for me from this experience is that I work well in collaborative settings. Bouncing ideas off others has been a great help to my creative process.
This journey has not been without its challenges, not least financial. As an independent artist, I work in other areas of the music industry to supplement my income as a singer songwriter. I have no regrets about this as creating and performing music is my passion and I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. I have learned that patience, persistence and resilience are essential personal traits if I am going to be successful in the music business.
I just want to have fun making music. I hope listeners enjoy it and feel as empowered and inspired as it makes me feel.
We have all been through a lot in this past year and I am lucky to have had my music as a place to escape and find comfort. That said, I can’t wait to have the opportunity to perform my new material live!

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?
I’ve had some friends visit me over the years and I loved showing them around LA. I live in studio city and I am a big fan of the valley, which I think is highly underrated. I would take my friends to one of my favorite bars in LA – Fat Dog. Not only are the drinks and food amazing but the prices are very reasonable, staff are fabulous and the venue is animal friendly. I also like the Mexican restaurants ‘Pollos Al Carbon’, the food truck ‘El Tauro’ and one of my favorite sushi places is ‘La La Sushi’. For that special celebration I like the beautiful French restaurant ‘Petit Trois’ (which does the best espresso martinis in LA!) or the awesome Italian ‘Osteria La Buca’.

Some of my favorite places to visit are The Getty Museum, Malibu Beach, Malibu Wines & Beer Garden, The Hollywood Bowl and if I’m feeling in the dancing mood, I love hitting La Descarga in Hollywood.
I have fond memories of some of the places I visited after I first moved to LA, when I set out to immerse myself in the local music scene. I loved spending nights at The Hotel Cafe, The Satellite, (unfortunately it’s closed now), The Study and the event ‘School Night’. When friends are visiting I always check out what is happening at these venues to see if there is something of interest, worth attending. I have met lots of interesting people during my visits to music venues, many of whom are part of my network of friends and professional contacts today.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Music as a career is a ‘road less travelled’, and while it has been predictably challenging at times, both financially and emotionally I have no regrets about following my passion. None of this would have been possible without the support of family, friends and fellow musicians.

From a very young age my parents were supportive of my music career. I had the benefit of weekly singing and piano lessons, and participation in singing competitions as well as support in completing my classical singing examinations. I must give a special mention to my voice coaches all of whom encouraged me to develop my talent, and were generous in sharing their wisdom on what it takes to communicate with an audience and be successful as a singer.

I am also blessed by having incredibly friends both state-side and back home in Ireland. Their ongoing practical support (attending my gigs and sharing my music), emotional support and encouragement makes a big difference.
Last but not least I have to give a huge shout out to my boyfriend, producer and biggest supporter Elliott Marchent. Not only is he an incredibly talented producer, but he is a constant supportive presence for me during what has been a very challenging period for all artists.

Website: https://hannahcrowleymusic.com/

Instagram: @itshannahcrowley

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannahcrowleymusic/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hannahcrowleymusic/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbzGwFxQa0D2jJE2YHZe7jg

Other: Tik Tok @hannahcrowleymusic

Image Credits
– Peter Zuehlke. – Sandy Marisol. – Floyd Fuji.

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