British Columbia singer-songwriter Hannah Epperson thrilled to be back on stage
For singer-songwriter Hannah Epperson, performing in front of an audience in person has always been a big part of her music.
“An integral part of how I understand and feel my way through interpreting music is responding to the unique dimensions of a room,” says Epperson.
“Sound is a physical thing. He moves in different spaces in different ways. It’s affected by temperature, the angles of a ceiling, and those animated waterbags that humans are and that’s always been a big part of how I understand and bring the music I play to life.
Sadly, Epperson, like so many other musicians, found herself stranded at home, unable to hit the road, and relegated to virtually playing for months due to the coronavirus – something that hasn’t been easy for her.
“I think some people have adapted very well to these new online platforms,” she says. “For me, that was definitely not the case. I so need the energy of a real live audience in a room with me to feel compelled and move to play live music.
“I basically stopped at the creative level. It has been really interesting to see different people react to COVID in different ways. I think some people have found it really liberating to have all this free time and to be extremely productive. I fall on the other side of this spectrum, I hardly touched any of my musical instruments. I didn’t listen to music, I consumed very little art, ”she adds.
But on Saturday, September 18, Epperson will have the opportunity to once again feel the energy of a live audience when she takes the stage at the Victoria Event Center. This will be her fifth live show since resuming her live performances after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m quite happy to be back in a room with the bodies of other people. I’m excited, ”she says. “Since things opened up again, I have done two [shows] in New York, one in Maine and one on Mayne Island, and it’s been fantastic. Just indescribable ecstasy.
Epperson, who plays a violin and loop pedal, has been described as an “avant-garde neo-classical, folk / indie rocker and pop composer and musician,” although she admits that it is difficult. to classify his style.
“It gets more and more vague every time I try to elucidate exactly what my music is,” she says. “I’m pretty happy right now to call it 440 hertz whale music.”
Epperson was born in Salt Lake City but raised in Vancouver, graduating from Kitsilano High School and the University of British Columbia. She also lived in New York City until early last year when she returned to Vancouver just weeks before the world closed.
“Getting back from New York and going into lockdown immediately was pretty tough. I had been very happy to reconnect with Vancouver’s music and arts community, which I felt was part of an early part of my life and career. It was quite devastating to return to Vancouver and immediately quarantine without having been able to rekindle many friendships. “
Although music was a part of her life growing up – she received a classical training and learned violin tunes by ear at the age of 10 – it was not something she had envisioned. to pursue as a career.
“I never wanted to be a musician. I went to college and was very, very interested in academics. I studied human geography and thought I would do a master’s and maybe a doctorate, ”she says. “It was the road I really thought I was on.”
But that all changed in 2013 when she met a man and ended up becoming a finalist in the Peak Performance Project, earning a nice sum of money that allowed her to pursue a career in music.
“I started dating a musician and thought, ‘Hey, I can follow this, I can follow this person,’ and on a whim I got into the Peak Performance Project and I was finalist, ”she said. “It was huge and it kind of shifted the kaleidoscope in a way that made me realize that, okay, I guess maybe being a musician is a hat I have to wear with some conviction. for a certain time.”
“Earning money from the Peak Performance Project allowed me to embark on incredible interdisciplinary art projects that had no funding and that I wouldn’t have been able to participate in otherwise and I became addicted,” adds she does.
Since then, Epperson has successfully carved out a career in music, having performed to crowds in North America, Europe and the Middle East. She also released a few records – Upward sweep in 2016 and To slow down in 2018 – has a new single coming out soon and is happy with how things turned out.
“If I had a meeting with a financial advisor, they might say otherwise, but it’s been an amazing trajectory and I wouldn’t change it,” she says.
Hannah Epperson performs at the Victoria Event Center, 1415 Broad St., September 18. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $ 20 to $ 126 and can be purchased by clicking here. Participants will need to show proof of vaccination at the gate in order to enter the site. For more information on Epperson, click here.