Hannah Jane Lewis

Pop is having a comeback, and at the forefront of the renaissance is Hannah Jane Lewis, the artist intent on bringing sunshine back into our lives. Moving from the UK to Florida as a teen she threw herself into American high school life and alongside cheerleading found a passion for the pop music of Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani. Now back in the UK Hannah’s infectious tracks, including “Why Start A War” and “Raincheck” look likely to set her on the same path as her pop heroes.

You moved to Florida at 14 from the UK, how did that influence you musically and how does location generally influence your work?

I think it influenced me a lot! I had always looked up to the big female American pop stars, and when I got out there I was able to fully immerse myself in that pop culture. I also started listening to country music as it would always be playing in the background out there, and lyrically that inspired me a lot. I love the storytelling nature of it, I'm not sure I would have stumbled on that if I had of stayed living in the UK. I'm like a sponge, I absorb a lot of what is around me so I think location will always in some way effect what I do. But I think my teenage years were particularly influential so maybe I wouldn't have the same sound if I hadn't of moved out there, who knows! 

What inspires your songwriting now?

I'm inspired by everything that goes on around me, whether that’s my relationships or conversations that I have with my friends and family about things that happen to them. I also get a lot of inspiration from poems and websites like tumblr/pinterest - photos and phrases act as a jumping off point for me all the time. 

You want your music to be fun - why do you think that’s important in this day and age, is there enough of it? 

Well I think the world is in a pretty hard place right now, and it has been a particularly stressful couple of years for everyone. I don't want my music to be a reminder of all of those things, I want to give people the chance to forget about it for a moment. I have so much respect for artists who use their voice as political outlets and I think it's important that they don't stop doing that, but I think we need a healthy balance of both kind of messages - and it feels natural to me to be keeping things fun and lighthearted.

What draws you to pop music as a genre?

I've always loved it! I like that it can be fun and colourful and a little outlandish. I also love that there aren't many barriers, I can take risks with lyrics and don’t have to worry about keeping it 'cool’.

What do you think your favourite song says about you?

My favourite song is 'Teenage Dream' by Katy Perry - in my opinion it is the perfect pop song.

I think that's probably a clue to how much I love pop, it's also fun and it makes me feel super nostalgic. I love the world she created around the whole 'Teenage Dream' album. It makes sense as to why I want to create the same kind of feeling!

Which three albums would you take to a desert island and why?

The 'Teenage Dream' album by Katy Perry because as I said I think it’s the best pop album ever. 'Room for Squares' by John Mayer because I can listen to his music over and over. Maybe also 'Same Trailer Different Park' by Kacey Musgraves, I love country music and that's my favourite country album by a million miles.