Hanna Barakat – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Hanna Barakat – I am a rock/alternative artist with varied world influences
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Hanna Barakat – I am a Lebanese-American, born in Texas, raised between Texas and Oklahoma. I have been singing since I was a toddler, pushing my Barbie Tour Bus around my house and raising hell! I attended Berklee College of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2010 with a Bachelors of Music in Songwriting. After graduation, I went on a very extensive journey that took me all across the world, visiting and living in 4 countries before returning to the states to produce my debut record and start the next phase of my musical journey! Whew, sorry, that’s long-winded! I have a rather long history!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Hanna Barakat – My biggest musical influences are the artists that were there for me in my most difficult and critical times in life. For example, during my early teen years, when I sought music for survival, I was so heavily influenced by Linkin Park, Evanescence, System of a Down, Staind, Nickelback, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, and many more rock acts of that time. Of course, I have different musical influences almost monthly, but these bands really left their mark on me. Of course, as a female singer, I am always seeking knowledge from the greats such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and all the current vocal divas of our time. I love to be challenged, and I love taking on new styles and attitudes when practicing and performing.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Hanna Barakat – I want to continue to perform and write music full time and continue to grow my fanbase as far as I can reach across the world. Music is my life, and my humble wish is that it would sustain me and my family throughout my life.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Hanna Barakat – I write all the music and lyrics, arrange and co-produce my music. I am a passionate and deeply empathetic person, and that comes out in my writings. I write about love, loss, political discord and injustices, life events, and passion. As long as I can respect and relate to the topic in a meaningful way, I feel comfortable writing about it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Hanna Barakat – I use Facebook and Instagram more than ever these days. Most fans look to our Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on shows, tours, new merch, and of course new digital content. Come say hi on IG @hannabarakat
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Hanna Barakat – I am of the generation that saved up to buy CDs from CD Warehouse. I would, more times than not, get the deluxe version of things, to make sure I got every drop of magic from whatever music I was ingesting. Needless to say, I miss that love, that obsessive attitude, and that respect for musicianship that came with physical sales. On the upside, I am fascinated at how easily I can listen to almost anything I want, at the flip of my finger, from my phone or on my computer. It’s a blessing and a curse. Of course, if musicians were fairly compensated for their works being so easily accessible to the masses, I would have little to complain about… but they are not… so we have some work to do there.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Hanna Barakat “Carry the Weight” – by Morgxn. This song is passionate, powerful, raw, and speaks to me each and every time I hear it, hum it, or try to sing it. There’s something so brilliant in this tune, that it evokes so many emotions and has just left such a mark on me.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Hanna Barakat – I feel pretty harsh when I say this, but one of my biggest pet peeves is indecisiveness. I am a very calculated, focused, headstrong individual, and when I encounter someone who waivers in such a way that it impedes on my direction and progress, I get extremely agitated. I’m not sure if that’s a pet peeve or a full blown judgement.
PS: What is your proudest moment in music?
Hanna Barakat – On August 30th, 2019, I released my debut record, Siren, at a packed local venue here in Austin, TX, in front of my entire family – mom, dad, sister, my husband, and my producer, John Moyer (Disturbed). Despite some truly extreme circumstances, we pulled off a magnificent show, and I was completely overjoyed and overwhelmed with emotion. This record has been in the works for quite some time now, and it was truly a labor of love. Competing this record and releasing it to the world was one of the scariest things I have ever done, and I couldn’t be prouder.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Hanna Barakat – I am working on content that can be created and released while myself and my band are isolated from one another. We just finished remotely recording an acoustic version of “In the Night” off of Siren, and I am working on editing and producing an acoustic music video to release! Things like that, that we can do while we are staying socially distant. This is a difficult time for productivity, as the great unknown looms over us like a truly heavy dark rain cloud. I am staying the course, working on projects, content, and new music to release!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
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