ANDREW HAMMOND

AH pete's bw 8CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why?

AH: In a broad sense I think I write story driven Folk songs and end up singing them like Soul songs. Vocal driven Folk? Lyric driven Soul? Whatever sounds the least pretentious. If there’s a uniqueness to my music, I think it’s the large range of vocal styles and the quick transition between.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

AH: Realism, nihilism, space, depression, mystery, love and trying to find a purpose. (That auto-corrected to “porpoise” initially which would have worked too. The search goes on.) I guess I like to write about how dense I am. It’s easy. Lots of material.

CH.89: What made you want to become a musician/writer?

AH: When I was about fourteen, I started writing and recording radio plays. They were just bad impressions of famous characters at first, but eventually I was able to write and act out entire new identities for myself. I think it really helped me develop into the full, well rounded lunatic I have become. From there, it turned to short stories, then to poetry, and finally devolved into music. Being a singer- songwriter gives you the freedom to be the creator of the story as well as the voice that shares it. I guess I just want all the credit.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new music project?

AH: Worry. Write. Worry. It’s so easy to start a new project. The hard part is not starting another one 15 minutes later, because you hate everything about the last one. For me it’s important to have an idea for a song and try to stick to it. If that idea somehow changes by the end, it’s because it was supposed to.

CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music?

AH: I think this answer is similar to what many other artists will say. I just want the listener to relate and share the load of our good and bad experiences. Cry with me, laugh with me, then drink with me. All that stuff.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

AH: It’s not so bad really. l get to write and share. It’s an absolute pleasure to play music for, and with people. The kindness I’ve found in the NYC music community has been really refreshing as compared to my past lives as a voice actor and gallery artist. I’d like to make more money doing it but “starving artist” is my choice. If you’re an artist and you’re starving, it’s because making things is more important to you than eating things.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

AH: I go on impulse, then act like I had a plan all along.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?

AH: Honest criticism is a gift.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

AH: No. Some of the best people I know wear socks with sandals.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

AH: Finishing a project.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

AH: Unearned respect.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?

AH: Carl Sagan / Leonard Cohen

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

AH: I love it for the creating art but I hate how it’s changed the marketing of art. LOOK AT MY ART. LIKE IT AND SHARE IT! #####
It’s hard to do that and have any self respect left.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

AH: I think creative people tend to see the world differently by definition but I don’t think art has really deepened my understanding of the world. Also, I think we’ve all seen our fair share of ignorant artists.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

AH: Oh yes. Savannah/Tybee Island, GA

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

AH: My favorite authors are anonymous Wikipedians.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?

AH: I want to have moderate monetary success and then fade away gracefully.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

AH: Literally any human endeavor can be an art but to be an artist is to define yourself by what art you create. Drinking heavily can be an art and I’ve met some great artists.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?

AH: It’s music for the lost, which could be anyone I guess. Of course, I hope it blows your mind and makes you weep with joy but I know those are hefty aspirations. Yeah. I guess, just like so many of the most evil people in the history of humanity, I just want to make people cry.

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