Hannah Georgas' Calls Girls Using Her Song "an Honor" and MC Hammer Her Guilty Pleasure
photographer Jack Alexander
The Canadian indie singer-songwriter, Hannah Georgas, has been putting out some catchy-as-hell and simply lovely tunes since her 2009 release, The Beat Stuff. She even toured as part of the Lilith Fair revival back in 2010. The Dine Alone Records' artist first caught a taste of the alt mainstream when her song Millions, off her last, eponymous album, closed out an episode of HBO's Girls. Not so oddly enough, it's a show she's absolutely addicted to.
Now this chanteuse is traveling with Sara Bareilles and Emily King for the Little Black Dress tour that hits the Hard Rock Live on June 25, for a night of music attuned with, well, those who don little black dresses.
In a recent interview, Georgas talked to us about getting tweeted at by Ms. Bareilles; the virtues of her hometown, Vancouver; and her guilty pleasures.
New Times: You're touring with Sara Bareilles. How's it going so far?
Hannah Georgas: It is going super well. It's lots of fun. She's been treating me really well. She's a sweetheart. The shows are awesome. We're all having a blast so far.
How did the two of you end up teaming up for this tour?
She actually tweeted at me months ago and just said that she really liked my record, and then I messaged her back and it turned out that she was actually in Vancouver where I'm from. We ended up meeting up for a coffee, and then I went to her show, and then we went for a bike ride [laughs]. It was actually really nice. She just reached out to me, and then we kind of got a chance to meet. Then a couple of months after that, she asked if I wanted to come on this tour with her. So of course I was very happy to do it.
That's cool. I've always wondered how singers partner up for tours, and that's a really good story.
Yeah, the best is when it's straight from artist to artist and when you just genuinely like each other's music.
Are you mostly playing songs off your new album at the shows?
Yeah we're playing the majority of the songs off the new record. There's a couple of songs from my previous ones, but the main chunk of it is from my new record.
If you had to pick one, what would be your favorite track off the album and why?
That's a tricky question because the way I listen to music, I'll get really infatuated with a song and listen to it until I can't listen to it anymore, and then I'm sick of it and then I move on to the next one. When I first made the record, the song that I wanted to show everybody was "Enemies" because I was really excited about that song. But now that we've been playing the record for a while, when we play something live, I find that "The Waiting Game" is really like, I don't know. We just have a moment when we play it. That's a really fun song, and that's a song that I really like. But you go through phases of why you like a song or why you want to not play a song [laughs]. But I'd say those two.
Your song "Millions" was featured on the TV show Girls. How did you feel when you found out that would be happening?
I was very excited. I watched every single episode of that show [laughs]. And yeah, it was an awesome surprise and an honor because I'm just a big fan of Lena Dunham, and it's the only show that I watch like every single episode.
You're originally from Canada. What do you miss most right now from home?
That's a good question. You know what? I just miss like being able to be in my bed and in one spot sometimes and having my space. I just like being alone. [laughs] But also Vancouver is such a beautiful beautiful place, and all year 'round you can kind of be outside. And I feel like it's catered to like, you can go and ride your bike or go to the beach whenever you want or just go for a walk. It's a really calm and beautiful city and I kind of enjoy those kinds of things. So that's one thing that I always miss when I'm away from it.
When it comes to music, everyone has a few guilty pleasures hidden away in their collection. What are some of yours?
[laughs] Um, OK... Trying to think. I really like Chris Isaac's "Wicked Game," but I don't find that a guilty pleasure. I really love '90s music. We were listening to Salt-n-Pepa last night and Aaliyah and Timberland. I really like Michael Bublé. But I feel bad calling them guilty pleasures because I think they're all really good.
One of the first artists that I got into was MC Hammer [laughs], and my mom took me to a concert when I was really young. I was obsessed and listened to his tape. And my dad actually taped over half of a song on the tape, and I was so upset. But I guess that's a guilty pleasure.
Hannah Georgas with Sara Bareilles and Emily King on the Little Black Dress, 7:30 p.m., July 25, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $39 to $59 plus fees. Visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.
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