Interview with Sovereign Express

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“MUSIC ACCORDING TO SHANNON HOPE”
Written by Joanne O
SOVEREIGN EXPRESS, JANUARY 2010

Shannon Hope has been tinkling her piano for the better half of 7 years. She has recorded with Chicago’s high profile producer, Bjorn Thorsrud (of Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan fame) and is no stranger to the live music scene. Shannon has just released her brand new album – STILL – and was a contender in the latest Doritos Global music search. Having defined her own genre of music – something called art Pop, we asked who Shannon Hope really is.

My favourite type of music is…

Lyrically-based and emotionally relevant. I will listen to almost anything, but the music that really gets to me is the kind that challenges me to be a better human being and inspires me to be a better artist. I fit’s thoughtless, I’m not interested, but if it has substance, I’m all ears. I love a good lyrics, so clever, meaningful lyrics are always the first thing I listen out for.

I cry when I listen to…

Sigur Ros. There is something about that music that is intensely emotional, and it gets me every time.

At the moment, I’m listening to…

The Ting Tings because they’re just plain cool. It’s great driving music, so if you catch me jamming at a robot, that’s probably what I’m listening to.

My favourite record of all time is…

“So Many Prophets” by Fetish. I had the album on repeat when it first cam out and a decade later it is still, in my opinion, one of the greatest albums (and bands) to come out of South Africa, and a huge inspiration for me personally.

When I’m down, I listen to…

Sigur Ros. I’m a sucker for punishment. Their music makes any emotion more intense and that aids discovery and resolution.

People don’t know, but I actually love…

Classical music. With my music training being mostly classical, I grew up listening to greats like Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Grieg, and Mozart, and still have a soft spot for a sweeping symphony.

I’ve just discovered an album called…

“Me and Armini” by Emiliana Torrini, an Icelandic singer. Ubercool! The vocals on the single, “Jungle Drum”, are so clever and brilliantly executed and the songs makes me smile instantly. This is the kind of stuff that challenges me to train more.

The record I’ve played to death is…

“The Trick To Life” by The Hoosiers. I’ve had the album on repeat in my car during my last two tours. I tend to do that with artists that I really dig, playing it endlessly until the next obsession comes along.

I wish I had been involved in writing, producing…

The “Once” OST. That album changed my life and inspired me to record my album.

When I was young, I used to listen to…

Nat King Cole on vinyl. “Smile” is simple and beautiful, and instantly fires up the memory bank.

My most emotional experience when listening to a song was…

Dancing with my father at my 21st to my favourite song, “Smile” by Nat King Cole. In the back of my mind, I knew it was potentially our last dance. It was.

The artist who has really made an impact on me and all I do is…

Skin. She has the most incredibly powerful, controlled and expressive voice and has always inspired me as an artist.

My favourite live concert ever was…

Kill Hannah at The Metro in Chicago, 2001 (the head band in the Pumpkins Tribute show I was involved in). This band blew my mind with their music, their live performance, the entire vibe. It completely changed the way I thought about live music at the time.

When I grow up I wanna be…

An astronaut. I think it would be rad fun bouncing around the galaxy.

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