Brighton’s Hanya are one of the latest names to break out of the powerhouse of a music scene that is Brighton.
The four-piece’s blend of psychedelia tinged shoegaze and sweet, dreamy alt-pop finds its listeners melting away into a blissful, hazy state; think the melodies of Alvvays met with the delicacy of Clairo.
Swept away into somewhat of a dream by latest single Monochrome, we caught up with frontwoman Heather Sheret to learn more about Hanya's background, learning industry jargon and the kindness of the DIY scene.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
Hello, I'm Heather, vocalist and guitarist from HANYA. I started the band with Jack (drummer) when we were little whippersnappers back in 2015, although I was making music as a soloist before then. Back in 2015, we were a thrashy two-piece, who just wanted to gig gig gig - before we found our love for recording/songwriting. We realised we really could do with a bassist to help our shows really live up to the way we wanted to record. We recruited our best friends of course and have been HANYA ever since.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I don't think any of us had ever thought about it as a career really. I used to say to Jack back when we were teenagers that making music is all about the creation, and it's really a shame to ever reveal that to the world for judgement, as it is such a personal process. However, when you play something you're really proud of to a room of people that are really enjoying it, that changes things, and you're more than happy to keep writing, keep progressing, and keep showing the world, as that's a very addictive experience.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
We all listen to a very varied collection of music as a group from all around the world. We're constantly showing each other artists we have discovered and digging for new music we enjoy. I think our main influences as a whole would be really bands from the golden eras of music in 60s/70s. I always think however that the 90s is in my subconscious somewhere - my older sister used to soundtrack our drives with The Pixies, Pavement, Blur and Eliott Smith. That is my minds internal library that I can't seem to stray from.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
Damn, that's a good question - probably better to ask what I haven't learnt. I've learnt that I love creating with people, but my best work is still alone in a room, that creative pursuits are a real driving force for me, and that although I love to play the drums, I'm pretty shoddy...
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
Oh, so many things! We really learnt as we went along, and that's both a blessing and a curse. I wish I had known what the hell an 'advance' meant, and all the jargon people love to throw at you. Ultimately, I wish I knew that we were all hustling, all holding on, and if you're good to each other the DIY music scene is a really lovely place to be.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from Brighton?
We're lucky in Brighton to have some really crazy good artists here. My favourites being Ellis D, Ciel & LIME.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
My dream tour would be to go on the road with one of our heroes, perhaps a Big Thief/Angel Olsen collaboration on a couple of tracks, and a buffet table filled with homemade Mediterranean food - the good stuff.... what an experience!
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
If the Coen Brothers want to use any of our music, and time, in any film, give us a call...
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
We all love to play live, and love a good road trip, so a world tour would be our DREAM!