Interview - Sano Hill

"Starting Over" is a new song by Sano Hill featuring a full-band musical accompaniment that is both interesting and varied, as well as introspective and hopeful lyrics. It was recorded with award-winning producer Larry Hogan at Dublin's famed Windmill Lane Studios.

- Welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Starting Over.
Starting Over is a song about moving on from a relationship that hasn’t worked out, accepting that and beginning again. It was a difficult song to write and took some time to fully come together - like most of my songs, it began as a melody I carried with me for some time (first worked out on guitar before additional instrumentation came together) before the lyrics took shape. It’s part of a narrative on my forthcoming album which charts the course of a relationship.

- How would you describe your sound?
I’m always the worst person to try to describe my own music! I guess it’s a melodic rock or folk rock sound in that my songs begin on an acoustic guitar and with melodies that emerge over time before words come together.

- What do you write about?
About things that touch on my life or people close to me. There is some personal experience here but also I’m trying to make sense of what is going on around me at any time. Hopefully that comes through in the lyrics and performance.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
All types of music – classical, rock, blues, jazz, traditional – recently I’ve been listening to Jeff Buckley quite a bit, and the Cure.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
Another difficult question! I’ve had some great nights performing in the Roisín Dubh in Galway city – it’s a small intimate venue but you can build up an amazing rapport with an audience in a setting like that.

- Your favourite albums?
Van Morrison: Astral weeks, U2: The Joshua Tree, Amy Winehouse: Back to Black, Radiohead: The Bends, Nirvana: Nevermind

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Tom Waits

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
A swing

- What are your plans for the near future?
Finishing the album and getting it out there.
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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