We recently caught up with Hana Canhasi to discuss her musical pursuit, her fashion choices and inspiration, and how she intends to stand out in such an over saturated industry. Though she is inspired sonically by H.E.R., this R&B/soul singer is very much in her own lane! She's being open with collaborations to ensure she has the perfect lyrics for the vibe shes putting out into the universe. For example 90% of her song With You was written by her cousin/stylist, Rita. We also learned that her song Dagger wasn't referencing a failed romantic relationship but a failed friendship which can more often than not hurt even more than the former. While her journey has been dark, trying, and filled with heartache and loss she still maintains a perfect smile on her face. We anticipate a happy ending for her and her beautiful music career.
"A lot of artists wouldn't be where they are without their producers, engineers, team. It really does take a village."
How Did You Start Your Career?
"In middle school I was in all the talent shows and I even took guitar lessons. When I got to college I didn't think a music career was attainable or safe. Then covid hit and I started creating again. It's never too late to start."
Who Do You Look Up To For Fashion?
"My cousin Rita styles me, but I look up to H.E.R. I'm also Albanian so I look up to Dua Lipa too. I also look up to those around me."
What Makes You Stand Out From The Crowd?
"I'm still learning how to promote myself in an authentic way. Like everyone says TikTok is where it's at, all it takes is one viral video, but I'm very shy in that aspect. I feel like I'm doing a disservice to myself because I haven't found a way to make it authentic yet. So, what I think sets me apart for now is my ability to talk about things in future songs that are kind of hard to talk about or even bring to life."
Do You Want Fans to Only Know The Happy Version Of You?
"That's something I've really been wrestling with. I've been trying to write a lot to beats that are more upbeat but it feels fake. I'm going through a season in my life where I feel like I have to write this dark stuff because that's the only way my music's going to feel successful to me. So as of right now I want them to know me for both sides."
Hana Canhasi is still finding her way like many artists are in their beginning stages of the pursuit of being heard, but she's not slowing down by any means. She is on a mission to not only be heard but also put her team on too. Hana is using personal experiences to create and relate to others while prepping for new content to become available on all streaming platforms, and we the Ascendance family are excited to hear more.
If any of her answers resonated with you or you just have something to add, feel free to leave a comment. Check out the full interview on our Podcast or the video below. Thank you for being a part of the family.