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THE WORDSMITH ELEANOR HAMMOND


Artist Corner: Eleanor Hammond


Eleanor has been singing, playing guitar and piano, and songwriting since she was 11. She has been in at least two theatrical productions per year from ages 14-22. She often uses her theatrical background to incorporate storytelling into her lyrics. Her passion for composition became so strong that in 2019 she was inspired to write and produce a full-length feminist musical called Walls, the story of artist and founder of the Whitney Museum, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. She then produced her second musical Newsflash! in 2021 with co-writer Em Beihold. She is now releasing a string of singles. Eleanor’s dynamic and confident singing, demanding stage presence, and prophetic yet relatable lyrics make her a unique and trailblazing artist. Her songs vary in genre, keeping the listener on their toes, yet still feel cohesive and of the same creator, one that has been honing her sound for years, inspired by her influences and growing worldview.

Give us the set up of how your latest music came to be?


I released my latest single “Sirens” on September 29, 2022. I wrote it when I was in my last semester of college and in a dark depression. I felt like there was no way out and no one to help. One night, I woke up to the sound of an ambulance outside my apartment, inspiring the first verse of the song “The sirens woke me up this morning / I wondered who was hurt, who had fallen / Then I saw the screams were coming from me / I was looking down at my own body.” The song became a wake up call to those fighting mental health. We often go through life without checking in with ourselves, and before we realize we spiral out of control. I recorded the song with my former neighbor Sam Doniger. He added some 90s alt rock and pop guitars and drums that totally made the song into a soaring anthem. The song has quirky alt-pop elements, that feel familiar yet original, and appealing to all kinds of audiences.


What is setting your music apart from what is being heard in the music industry today?

I call my genre “theatrical pop.” To me, theatrical pop combines expressive and dynamic singing, emotive and narrative-driven lyrics, and a sound that uses modern electronic elements (like synths and samples of today) and the instruments you’d see in a four-piece band or in the pit of an orchestra.


Additionally, I use genres in dynamic ways, always keeping the listener on their toes: This past year, I released a series of singles in a variety of styles from dance pop to folk to alternative pop. I also want to continue to create music videos that act like short films — cinematic with short bits of dialogue interspersed in the music. I love when albums tell a cohesive, epic story throughout all the songs.


How are you multiplying the ways your music is being heard?


I spend over half my income on marketing, recording, music videos, performing, etc. I have also been playing on radio stations like Amazing Radio and Radio Wigwam. I am also active on social media like TikTok and Instagram. Instagram ads have been a great way to expose new listeners to my music. I also love interviews like this so people can know a little about what goes on behind the curtain!


My favorite way to share my music is live performances: I recently started working with a company called B-Squared Management to help me book shows for 2023, so I am going to be performing a lot more next year.


I also love making my music videos, and hope to include little scenes of dialogue with some of my songs in the videos (almost like a short film - a great example of this is Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well”).

Finally, I am trying my best to get my songs onto listener’s playlists on Spotify and other listening platforms.


Why is it so important for you to continue to make new music that matters?


I really can’t imagine doing anything else - I feel it deeper than in my bones. The idea of making music makes me want to get up in the morning. I do have a day job of course, but I can’t imagine devoting my life to a career that isn’t in the arts. I know I have a perspective on the world that listeners can relate to and maybe even help give them a new perspective on a situation I am singing about.


What does your latest music say about you?


My latest music says I am a performer who can be raw and expressive. It says I am a wordsmith and multi-instrumentalist. It says I am a woman in a big city, figuring out how to navigate being in her 20s in a world that is constantly changing.


What is the message you are trying to convey for your fans?


Growing up, I was inspired by the raw vulnerability of women artists from the 90s like Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, and Alanis Morisette. I don’t always see the point in beating around the bush when it comes to a song’s meaning. I am a highly sensitive person so I feel everything completely and intensely. In today’s age, we often repress emotions or go through them alone. I want listeners to know that a wide range of emotions is the richest part of the human experience, and that life’s quests like finding love is a constant rollercoaster of a journey. I want my music to be a deep place of emotional catharsis and healing for the listener.


Keeping up with you is always fun, where can our audience listen to you NEXT?


I am performing a lot of shows in Los Angeles in December onward. My next show is at the Goldfish in Highland Park on December 20th. I am also playing at The Escondite January 3rd and Bar Lubitsch January 10th.


I plan to do another show in January at the Hotel Cafe to celebrate my next single and music video “Best of Tonight,” out December 30th. The song is a celebratory, 80s pop-inspired dance track about a budding relationship and enjoying a night of spontaneous fun together. It celebrates the end of another year and the seizing of life's fleeting moments.

  1. Pre-save my next single “Best of Tonight”: https://li.sten.to/eleanorhammond

  2. Information for all of my shows can be found at my website: www.eleanorhammond.com Finally, I hope to release my debut album towards the end of 2023.


Leave us with a meaningful story that connects to your latest music that is the ultimate takeaway for your fans?


I am currently in the process of recording a song called “Ghosts in My Hair.” Some of my music explores queer themes, and this song is definitely the most obvious one about liking women that I have written so far. It is about a woman I once pursued who wasn’t comfortable with being out to her family. The “Ghosts in My Hair” is a reference to the way her hands felt as she stroked my hair and those intimate romantic moments that we shared together — ones that I replayed in my head and mourned as I healed from our eventual falling out. A lot of my music is about love stories that weren't fully able to take flight, or ended in a way I wish they hadn’t. Other themes include childhood nostalgia and mental health. I want fans to feel that they aren’t alone in the common struggles of being a young, explorative person in today’s world.


Links to Music:

  1. Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6XOTqj1eu8kcdDK97IgPKo

  2. Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/eleanor-hammond/453498947

  3. SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/eleanor-hammond-2

Socials:

  1. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eleanorhammond/?hl=en

  2. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBs7kpAePueJPZGZf1vcFNg

  3. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EleanorHammondMusic/

  4. TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@eleanorhammondmusic

  5. Website: https://www.eleanorhammond.com

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