We had the good fortune of connecting with Hello Stranger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hello Stranger, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
As an artist, it’s easy to get self-centered and think inwardly. And there’s a lot of great art that comes from that, but Hello Stranger has always been communally-focused. From the beginning, our songs have addressed specific political and social issues that we care about deeply. Our perspective is that music becomes the soundtrack for movements and helps shape the thinking of leaders and activists.
Also, I think we’ve also seen the impact that a year plus without concerts has had on us both individually and collectively. Even when we’re singing silly love songs, connecting with others and coming together around art is so important.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
The thing that makes Hello Stranger really special is that we all come from incredibly different musical places. We’re the synthesis of indie, blues, classical, grunge, folk, funk, and lots more. We might be doing a pop-rock song that has a super heavy breakdown in the middle, or a punk song that has a piano ballad woven in. It’s exciting to be able to follow our inspirations wherever they go.
It was challenging at first to figure out how we could all fit together sonically, but through thousands of hours together we learned each others’ skill sets and figured out how we could best highlight each members’ strengths.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite part of the city is Little Tokyo. I love the ramen restaurants, Angel City Brewery, the museum. It’s a beautiful neighborhood in DTLA and I can’t wait to go back as the city starts to open up again.
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?
We’re actually about to release our second record and there are a lot of people outside of the band that have been instrumental (pun intended) to this project through their mentorship, encouragement, and creative contributions:
Image credits: Charley Button Sofía Felguérez