In Conversation: Hannah Slavin

They say “You’ll have more fun at a Glasgow funeral than an Edinburgh wedding”. Nothing exemplifies that more than Glaswegian songstress Hannah Slavin’s debut single ‘I Am A Mess’. In it, Hannah displays a blend of upbeat production, defiantly jovial lyrics and punchy vocals. We were given the opportunity to have a chat and get more insight into the song as well as the musical career of Hannah Slavin.

Can you talk us through how it felt to have your new single ‘I Am A Mess’ featured as track of the week by BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal?

I was so surprised! I think the single had only been out a couple of days, so when I found out I was ridiculously shocked, but obviously chuffed to bits to get that sort of recognition from BBC Radio in Scotland. 

What was it that inspired the lyrics for the song?

Well, I actually wrote the song last year with one of my favourite songwriters, Kieran Williams. I had been going out a hell of a lot and I turned up to our writing session still drunk from the night before. Kieran asked how I was doing. I just turned around and said, “Kieran, I’m an absolute mess, but I absolutely love it” and that was it – the song just wrote itself. I guess the lyrics came from everything that was happening in my life at that time. I had no idea what I was doing in my life, but I was really enjoying myself even though I didn’t have any of my shit together, and I wanted to write a song that celebrated that. 

“I guess the lyrics came from everything that was happening in my life at that time. I had no idea what I was doing in my life, but I was really enjoying myself even though I didn’t have any of my shit together, and I wanted to write a song that celebrated that.”

It’s not often we get songs celebrating not having our lives together – what is the biggest mess you’ve made?

Haha… the biggest mess I’ve made, there’s too many to count, you’ll normally find me being a mess. But last week I accidentally ordered pizza to a Leeds address while I was in London and I spent £200 on the wrong train ticket. Twice. It’s a daily struggle being me.

Were there any songs or artists on your mind while working on the single?

Charlie Puth for SURE – I love him and his production style. Especially the bass in the chorus, that is just him all over.

How would you best describe your music for those who haven’t yet heard it?

All my friends describe my music as Scottish-Reggae-Pop, so let’s go with that… 

You’ve come a long way since winning BBC’s Pitch Battle as part of Leeds Contemporary Singers. What has been your proudest moment since embarking on your solo music journey?

To be honest, I’m just really proud of everything that I have achieved so far, from ‘Track of the Week’, supporting Louisa & Sigma at Youth Beatz Festival and reaching 30,000 streams within a few weeks of releasing my new single – it’s all brand new to me, and these were things I could only dream of doing last year.

“… it’s all brand new to me, and these were things I could only dream of doing last year.”

What has been your favourite live show so far and why?

My favourite live show was probably my first headline gig in London. It was the first time a lot of friends and family had seen me perform live and it was incredible to see so many people I knew in one room, it was a lot of fun! 

Now that you have a new single under your belt, what else have you got in store for us?

The next single is on its way very very soon, it’s very sassy and I am far too excited about it! Hoping to have two new singles released by the end of 2019, but my main priority right now is finishing off my EP for 2020, it’s almost there.

If you could choose someone to collaborate with, alive or otherwise, who would that be?

ABBA – the creators of the biggest bops known to man. That would be my ultimate dream.

From the looks of things, you’ve got a fair few places you can now call home so if you had to pick: Glasgow or Leeds?

Ooo! That is SO tough! They are so different in so many ways, but I would say Glasgow, just because it has a very special place in my heart. There is nowhere like it in the world, everyone is bloody hilarious and I always feel most like myself when I’m there.


If you’d like to find out more about Hannah Slavin, you can follow her via FacebookYouTubeInstagram and Twitter. Her debut single ‘I Am A Mess’ is now available on Spotify.

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