In the first stages of Hannah Epperson’s career, she found herself in the background. “My early musical collaborations were always solely as a violinist supporting unbelievable female vocalists like Miss Emily Brown and Julianna Barwick,” she explains from her home in Brooklyn. “So for a long time I hadn’t wanted to even try singing.”
In spite of her initial hesitance the gifted violinist and composer found herself exploring music in unexpected ways, pushing herself toward solo artistry. Soon enough her captivating tracks “Shadowless” and “We Will Host a Party,” complete with evocative lyrics and whimsical vocals, garnered attention from the likes of Canada’s CBC Music, who called her one of the “top artists to watch” in 2013.
Born in Vancouver, the free-spirited woman, who was convinced that she was preparing herself for the academic world—in Human Geography—rather than a music career, has now blossomed into one of the most stunningly unconventional artists making music today. Her debut album, Upsweep, is a 10-track narrative that weaves together the two character voices of lovers Amelia and Iris. Merging classical music, indie pop and seductive jazz, along with Epperson’s magnificent storytelling, Upsweep pulsates with textures and vocals that are hauntingly visceral.
Bandcamp spoke with Epperson about creating genre-traversing music, being a female composer and the paralyzing freedom of life as an independent artist.