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"A NEW PERSPECTIVE" WITH ELEANOR HAMMOND


Eleanor has been singing, playing guitar and piano, and songwriting since she was 11. She has been in at least two theatrical productions per year from ages 14-22. She often uses her theatrical background to incorporate storytelling into her lyrics. Her passion for composition became so strong that in 2019 she was inspired to write and produce a full-length feminist musical called Walls, the story of artist and founder of the Whitney Museum, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. She then produced her second musical Newsflash! in 2021 with co-writer Em Beihold. She is now releasing a string of singles. Eleanor’s dynamic and confident singing, demanding stage presence, and prophetic yet relatable lyrics make her a unique and trailblazing artist. Her songs vary in genre, keeping the listener on their toes, yet still feel cohesive and of the same creator, one that has been honing her sound for years, inspired by her influences and growing worldview.


So great to have you for our interview today Eleanor. Tell us about your latest single and the impact it's had on your fans so far?


I released my latest single “Sirens” on September 29, 2022. I wrote it when I was in my last semester of college and in a dark depression. I felt like there was no way out and no one to help. One night, I woke up to the sound of an ambulance outside my apartment, inspiring the first verse of the song “The sirens woke me up this morning / I wondered who was hurt, who had fallen / Then I saw the screams were coming from me / I was looking down at my own body.”


The song became a wake up call to those fighting mental health. We often go through life without checking in with ourselves, and before we realize we spiral out of control. I recorded the song with my former neighbor Sam Doniger. He added some 90s alt rock and pop guitars and drums that totally made the song into a soaring anthem.


So far, I think the song is relatable to fans in that it speaks to the universal experience of wanting someone to love you and take all of your problems away, but also realizing that relying on someone else for your mental health isn’t exactly healthy or sustainable. The song has quirky alt-pop elements, that feel familiar yet original, and appealing to all kinds of audiences.


Do you get more attached to songs over others?


Yes. I would say my song “Anyone at All” is the most authentic to my sound as an artist because of its acoustic rawness and retro Beatle-esque moments. Although I love my song “Nighttime Bitch,” the production is definitely more commercial than I sometimes gravitate towards naturally. However, I understand the appeal!

What makes your single and the time you spent on the music memorable for you?


I’d say the quirkiness in the production makes the single pretty memorable. The song starts out as a ballad, but then as it continues it evolves into a fierce and energetic delivery similar to that of Avril Lavigne. You can hear how Sam Doniger, the producer, put in a collection of everyday sounds together you wouldn’t expect as the production: a record scratch, a finger snap, and a piece of metal being hit are a few of those. Also, he includes a record cassette player being inserted at a few points in the song which add an immersiveness I really love.


Any tried or true techniques you have when creating the music?


To spice up creativity, my producer often looks for beats on Splice as a great basis for the production. I also try to stay open minded: I come in often with a song on acoustic guitar or piano, and I trust Sam to honor my composition while also getting to add his own creative voice to the piece that tells the story/mood of the song. I also don’t stick to one genre or stay in one box, which keeps my listeners on their toes, and makes it so my music is always fresh and evolving.


What are you most looking forward to in 2023 with your new music?


I look forward to playing more gigs year-round and releasing my first EP in the spring!


I am also excited to release songs that tell my fans a message: I want my music to be a deep place of emotional catharsis and healing for the listener. I want my audiences to feel that it is okay to experience a wide range of emotions, and to love the rollercoaster of life fully.


My next single comes out December 30th called “Best of Tonight” (pre-save here: https://li.sten.to/eleanorhammond). It’s an 80s pop inspired dance track celebrating new love connections and seizing the night. “Best of Tonight” really achieves my mission statement well. The song celebrates the mixed bag of feelings that comes with a new romantic connection: scared of the unknown, like it could end sadly, but not staying there mentally and instead making the most of the happy moments anyway.


Anything in 2022 that you experienced that you're either leaving behind or bringing with you into 2023?


I am leaving this year with a new perspective. I graduated college in December of 2021, and I used to feel super anxious that my career wasn’t immediately exploding and my music wasn’t going crazy viral. However, after much contemplation, I realized being an artist for the long haul allows for much less mental pressure, and much more space for growth and creative expression. I have become the tortoise and not the hare, and it is a much more satisfying way to live each day. Virality is not important to me any more. Instead, making meaningful connections and art, no matter how long it takes, are what I prioritize.


In 2023, I hope I continue to hone my unique sound and brand next year, and release a lot more music. One of my mentors, Birdee Bow, said if anyone finds something “weird” about you as an artist, instead of changing it, you should play into that more. This becomes your “magic” as an artist. I also want to find my weird quirks and exaggerate them this year.


Where can our readers go to learn more about your future projects?!


My website: www.eleanorhammond.com is a great place for this. Also I have a linktree: https://linktr.ee/eleanorhammond. Finally, my Instagram (@eleanorhammond) and TikTok (@eleanorhammondmusic) often have a lot of sneak peeks, easter eggs, and teasers of future projects!


You're rad. Leave us with a word or phrase that will describe what your fans can expect from you NEXT!

Chaotic, vulnerable flower child with a big heart who likes to LIVE and wear vintage boots, singing to you what she wished she could’ve told her past self.


Links to Music:

  1. Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6XOTqj1eu8kcdDK97IgPKo

  2. Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/eleanor-hammond/453498947

  3. SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/eleanor-hammond-2

Socials:

  1. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eleanorhammond/?hl=en

  2. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBs7kpAePueJPZGZf1vcFNg

  3. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EleanorHammondMusic/

  4. TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@eleanorhammondmusic

  5. Website: https://www.eleanorhammond.com

  1. Pre-save my next single “Best of Tonight”: https://li.sten.to/eleanorhammond

  2. Information for all of my shows can be found at my website: www.eleanorhammond.com

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