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INTERVIEW: Matt Hannah

1. How would you classify your music?

I am a singer-songwriter in the Americana / Folk genre.

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Hard to pick just five, but I would say Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, and Greg Brown.

3. What do you want fans to take from your music?

I think like all songwriters, I hope people can connect with the emotions and experiences I have put into my writing.

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

I recorded my previous album Let the Lonely Fade in my apartment in Minneapolis.  I played most of the instruments as well.  I was lucky this time to have a great producer in Matt Patrick as well as some amazing musicians to help me bring the project to life. I think we accomplished a warmer feel. In terms of the writing, my last album was probably darker in tone.  On Dreamland,I aimed to be a bit more reflective and write songs that were less subjective.

5. What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

I think it’s so much easier to be heard than before, but I also think there are challenges that come with that, including being one small voice in a sea of artists.

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

Bruce Springsteen and Prince put on some of the best shows I have ever seen. But Stevie Wonder playing Songs in the Key of Life recently might have been the very best.

When I play songs live they feel the most themselves and in the moment.  I also like gauging audience reaction to new material.

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

I really like “Dandelion,” both as a song and as we recorded it. In the studio we recorded it exactly how I had imagined it.

8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?

I am always trying to expand what I can do lyrically while still having it make sense as a song.  I felt that on this current CD there were improvements in that area.  I think when I was younger I was more interested in charting my own emotional experience, but as I get older I get more curious about expanding my perspective.

9. 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 would really like to meet Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan.  Someone told me that the only way he would pay $250 for a concert ticket would be if Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane came back to life and jammed together.  I could go for that too.

10. So tell us what’s next?

I will be writing for the next album and getting out to play and promote this one!

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