Described by Performer Magazine as “a true artist of the human condition”, US-based singer-songwriter Freddy Hall hauls 1970s/1980s folk to the 21st century. Influenced by the likes of Paul Simon, the Brooklyn-based artist addresses significant topics while maintaining positivity in his lyricism. We spoke with this talented artist about his new single ‘That Was Then’, good reviews and future plans.
Why did you decide to enter the music industry?
I’ve always had a strong interest in creating music. When I was in high school I had a band, we made records and we gigged quite a bit. I got accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and it became clear that music was the one (and only) thing that could capture my attention and motivation.
What is the backstory to the single ‘That Was Then’?
I wrote ‘That Was Then’ during the first few months of our Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year. I was a part of an off-Broadway show and when New York City shut down my friends and I lost our jobs. A lot of people’s dreams were put on pause, which is incredibly overwhelming. I had to look for solace by focusing on more hopeful thoughts and that’s what the song is – a reminder to keep my chin up, so to speak.
Did you face any challenges during the writing and recording of ‘That Was Then’?
The song came to me rather quality. I was doing a Bedtime Stories series on my IGTV and wanted to write a soothing “of this moment” song for one of the episodes. ‘That Was Then’ started to unravel as I played my guitar. I received a positive response and decided to record it.
What do you hope people take from the single and your music in general?
I hope they take away a breath of optimism. I’ve been focusing on using my time to share positive and hopeful energy and I’ve actively decided to transfer that to my music as well.
What is the best review you have ever received?
Performer Magazine reviewed my first album Wander Years and in it they called me “an artist of the human condition”. That has been the staple of my mission statement ever since.
What inspires your music?
Travelling, other music, my friends, former/future lovers.
Can we expect more material any time soon?
I’m putting the finishing touches on my third studio album and am dropping the first single in the spring of 2021.
Do you have a message for our readers?
Goodness can be found everywhere should we choose to look for it.