Q&A with Hannah Rosa

Brisbane songstress Hannah Rosa has taken time out from her own Headline Tour of South East Queensland to answer a few questions for Life Music Media.

:: What track changed your life ::

This is a pretty big call… Off the top of my head I’d probably have to say ‘Space They Cannot Touch’ by Kate Miller Heidke. I saw her perform at Woodford Folk Festival when I was a kid and she is a major reason I started writing songs.

:: What is your favourite Album ::

I actually don’t have one all-time favourite album! It changes all the time. My more recent faves include Megan Washington’s “There There”, Lucy Rose’s “Like I Used To” and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine”.

:: Name a band or artist we should checkout ::

Jack Carty – I’m supporting him at his Queensland shows as part of his album tour and I can’t wait!

:: Favourite Quote ::

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Milton Berle

:: When on tour, you can’t live without ::

Food! I’m not really into cooking, but I seriously love eating food. I get so excited about going to new restaurants and I often start thinking about what I want to eat for dinner before I’ve even finished my lunch!

:: When you think of Australia, you think ::

Sunshine, blue skies and barefoot adventures.

:: Worst thing to happen to music is ::

Crazy talented and successful artists still struggling to make a proper income out of music. I hope this changes one day!

:: Best thing about the current music industry ::

From a local perspective, Brisbane is starting to have a number of really cool venues, events and festivals popping up around the place. With a relatively small music scene compared to other parts of Australia, I find it really exciting and empowering to see people create their own performance opportunities too by doing DIY house shows.

:: Biggest influence ::

Kate Miller-Heidke

:: Childhood hero ::

Paul Jennings

:: When you were younger you wanted to be ::

An author

:: Last album bought ::

Kina Grannis – Elements.

:: First album you ever bought ::

I don’t really remember! I think it might have been a So Fresh compilation CD with songs by people like Britney Spears, Jamelia and S Club 7. I was a cool kid.

:: First concert you went to ::

My parents took me to Woodford Folk Festival when I was a baby (back when it wasn’t even at Woodford!), but the first concert I can actually remember attending was a Wiggles concert. They were my jam.

:: Last concert you went to ::

Fieu’s ‘Put It On The Line’ EP Launch at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane. (They are amazing, check them out!)

:: Favourite current band ::


:: Favourite drink ::

Lemon & Lime Bitters

:: Favourite book ::

I’d probably have to say the Harry Potter series… The third book is my favourite!

:: Favourite actor ::

Jennifer Lawrence

:: Favourite website ::

Music Industry Inside Out

I may be a little biased as I’m currently interning there haha, but this website is great! There are hundreds of mini video interviews with leading industry folk giving advice about touring, DIY management and many other music industry topics.

:: The best boredom buster is ::

Cruising around YouTube for inspiring/wacky/funny videos.

:: The best film you ever saw was ::

If by ‘best’ you mean hilariously strange and awesome, I’d probably have to say the film I made with my cousins a few years ago. We were a bit bored over the Christmas holidays and it resulted in us creating a thriller-comedy movie featuring a vampire who likes hiphop.

:: Your ultimate snack is ::

Avocado on toast.

:: The first thing you do when you wake up is ::

Eat a massive bowl of Vita Weats, All Bran and sultanas.

:: Best piece of advice you’ve received ::

Chill out. Life is too short, so don’t waste it worrying about things you have no control over.

:: Your biggest aspirations ::

To travel the world, keep meeting lovely people and write lots of songs while I’m at it.

:: Best gift you’ve ever given/received ::

My brand new EP “Buried Alive” is a pretty cool gift… ;)

Catch Hannah Rosa launching the ‘Buried Alive’ EP at the following dates:

Wednesday 1st October – The Wesley-Anne, Melbourne
Friday 3rd October – Grumpy’s Green, Melbourne
Sunday 5th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne

Connect with Hannah Rosa at the following links for all updates.