INTERVIEW: Callie Hopper

How would you classify your music?

I would say somewhere between Americana and pop/folk. It has a lot of different influences so I like to think people can categorize it wherever they wish 🙂

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

A few of my favorites are Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I hope when they hear it that they’ll connect to it on a personal level and somehow be inspired by it. Whether it’s simply knowing that someone else has felt the same way they do, or reminding them they’re valuable, or helping them release their own thoughts and feelings. I hope they can make it their own and find some hope in it.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?

That’s a good question! I don’t have specific plans for a new release at the moment, so who knows what it will be like! But I’m beginning to work on it, so we’ll find out soon. 🙂

What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

I hate that a lot of artists in the same place in their career as me have had such negative experiences in the industry and that you do have to be so cautious to not be used or deceived. But I love that I’ve met some truly wonderful people in the industry who have guided me well and shown me there are honest and good people in the industry too, just like anywhere else.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Probably The Milk Carton Kids last fall. They blew me away.

I feel like when I’m on stage performing, it’s where I belong. I love the unique element of experiencing music live – that connection that the music brings between you and this crowd of people you’ve never met. It’s something really special.

Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

It’s hard to pick one because they’re all so personal to me. I tend to write from my own experiences so they all have a special element to them for me, whether it’s what the song is about or how it formed musically. So they’re all close to my heart in different ways.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? What made you decide to come back into the music business?

The past few years have definitely been filled with a lot of learning and growing for me.Through experiencing new things and opportunities, going through ups and downs in my career, and just a lot of trial and error, I think it’s been a time of learning about myself and getting stronger. For me it was never an option to leave – I love it too much. It just took a while for a new release 🙂 But now I’m going strong and definitely looking forward to what’s to come!

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I’m going to be cliche and go with Taylor Swift. Because when I was 11 I watched her writing songs about her life and boys and things that were relatable to me and I thought “Hey, maybe I could do that, too.” Also I’m a 20 year old girl and I cant help but want to be part of her friend squad for one night. Is it too much to ask? 🙂

So tell us what’s next?

Well I have my first regional tour dates coming up this fall! That’s my next step, so I’m incredibly stoked for that. I adore doing this, so I’m just excited to keep chasing the dream and see where it takes me!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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