We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued an artistic career because I needed to see more faces like mine on the stage! I remember as a lifelong fan of music, I would go to shows and feel a distinct pain from feeling as though there were no notable Asian-American creatives, at least not while I was growing up in the late 90s and 2000s. Now I feel there has been a shift and more minorities of all sorts are taking back the narrative, and I am very happy to be able to be a part of that.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create synth pop with guitar noise with my partner and co-conspirator, Steven Spillane. We are different because we try our best to experiment with all different kinds of sounds and genres with every bit of new work we put out. It was not easy to get where we are today because we both came into the music game a bit late and felt like we had to start at square 1 when it came to production, songwriting style and connections. We overcame these challenges by writing and recording constantly and building connections over social media and playing tons of shows. Through our years of playing shows and developing a presence in the music scene, we learned that being honest and grateful seem to be the best allies in building genuine connections.
I want the world to know that even if Shiro does not seem like a stereotypical success story, it is to me because it’s a project that constantly gives me a reason to grow and gives me personal fulfillment. I hope everybody reading this can find an outlet in life that can help do the same.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Please please please go to both Yukgaejang and MDK noodle in Koreatown.
Steven and I love those places, and the fare these restaurants offer is so different compared to the usual American Korean favorites like Korean BBQ and fried chicken. Brothers Freshwich is a good, underrated place too if you like deli sandwiches. Go to all the art museums that LA has to offer. Go to DIY venues like the Smell and Junior High, even if you don’t know the bands that are playing or the events that are being held. These places are absolute gems in LA. Go to Pasadena and visit all the glorious hike trails (Sturtevant is our favorite.) Walk through the Hollywood Cemetery or the LA Arboretum. Go to Vista Hermosa Park for cute picnics and photo shoots with your friends and beautiful views of the LA skyline. And when you’re done, relax at Wi Spa. I love Wi Spa with all my heart.
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?
I dedicate my shoutout to my co-creator and partner, Steven Spillane. He helped me grow tremendously as an artist and as a person trying to figure out the world. He has trusted the vision even when I have been unable to put faith in myself and has always remained a positive and inspiring person in my life.
I also want to shoutout the community of Long Beach where I first got my start, and the handful of beautiful activists and artists that I have gotten to meet in my new hometown of Los Angeles. From Long Beach, I particularly want to thank people such as Andy Garcia, John Grillot, Michael Williams (Sanguine Knight), Leticia Gomez, Paul Gonzalez, “Dizzy” from Dyzzy on Vinyl, and so many other people who believed in our group when we first started out and helped us book some of our first shows. From LA, I want to shout out new friends such as Ihui Wu (Polartropica), Alina Kano, Catherine and Rhyan of Moonglow Radio, and Belinda Cai (Softer) for constantly inspiring me to come into my own as an outspoken Asian-American creative.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6zSttoxvRinE90S7DWvshF?si=rDLjqn8_TGi4e0jwF8LO-A Bandcamp: https://Shiro.Bandcamp.com
Stevo Rood, Andy Garcia, Steven Spillane