INTRO BY TÉA VAN ACKEN
INTERVIEW BY CAMI LIBERTY
Rising singer Carlie Hanson and her newest single are ignited from the experiences and people around her, and create a new sound for the world. Hanson’s single “Back in My Arms” captures the infatuation and adoration she had felt towards a significant other in her first relationship with a girl. Her young, wild, and free sound showcases deeply felt love, passion, and liveliness, which will be demonstrated further in June, upon the arrival of her new EP titled Junk. Starting at age nine, Hanson discovered her passion for singing through the inspiration of seeing other young and talented individuals, and knew she had to live out her dreams. Her career is at its genesis, and has earned an edgy music video for “Back in My Arms”, embodying a jaw-dropping reaction by Carlie and her sisters robbing an armored truck, filled to the roof with money, in order to aid to the bail of their father. Not only does Hanson wish for a taken aback response, but her audience is gifted the feeling of their personal impression, as Hanson says, “If you can feel something from my music, whether it’s the sounds or the lyrics, then I think I’m doing my part as an artist,” which the world will be able to feel with her new single, and additional songs being released upon her new EP.
When was the moment that you knew you wanted to be a singer?
CARLIE: “When I was about 9 or 10 years old, I discovered Justin Bieber, and that’s when I really fell in love with music. I watched all of his YouTube videos like it was my job, it was so inspiring to me to see someone so young, so talented, living out their dreams! I wanted to be just like him, from then on I knew I wanted to be a singer.”
How would you describe your sound in three words?
CARLIE: “Young, wild, and free lol.”
You recently released your new single “Back in My Arms.” Can you tell us a little about the song and how it came about?
CARLIE: “I wrote Back In My Arms about my first romantic relationship with a girl. I was very much in love during the creation of this song, I think you can really hear how infatuated and full of emotion I was at the time.”
You also released a music video for the song – what was the process like creating the video?
CARLIE: “When I was creating the music video for BIMA, I knew right away that I didn’t want the video concept to have anything to do with what the song was about. I just didn’t wanna create another cliche video of me and a girl hanging out and holding hands or whatever. My goal was for people to be a little taken aback when they watch this! For some reason, I’ve always wanted to create a music video where I robbed a bank, so I threw that idea at the director, Danilo, and he came back with a sick treatment. The concept was me and my two little sisters rob an armored truck full of money to help bail our dad out of jail. It was so so so much fun shooting this one!”
Where do you find most inspiration when creating music?
CARLIE: “Most inspiration that I get when creating music, usually comes from real-life experience. Whether it’s something I’m going through with my friends, family, something I saw on a billboard, someone I overheard talking while I was out, it doesn’t matter, there’s something I can write about everywhere!”
What do you hope people take from your music?
CARLIE: “I just want whoever listens to my music to feel something, anything! I wanna make you happy, sad, laugh, dance, feel nostalgic, etc. If you can feel something from my music, whether it’s the sounds or the lyrics, then I think I’m doing my part as an artist.”
Is there anything else we can expect from you in the near future?
CARLIE: “EP will be coming out in June this summer!! Will have 5 songs, almost all unreleased! So excited for the world to hear what I’ve been making!!”