What is your name?
Hania Maria Barsznica
What is your genre of music?
Mellow Pop, Alternative R&B
Give us a little bio about you.
Hania started her solo project in Fall 2018 when she met Cuetrek, a Norwegian producer. They found a musical connection, which resulted in working on multiple records together. Hania discovered her sound by exploring artists like Alina Baraz, Sabrina Claudio, Olivia O’Brien, and Dua Lipa. She fell in love with the downtempo electronica/R&B as well as the uptempo, pop combined with house elements. Hania’s sound creates an intimate atmosphere filled with lush vocal layers and femme essence.
What made you go into music?
I was surrounded by music from a very young age. I asked my parents to buy me a guitar for Christmas when I was 7 and they did. I started studying guitar and singing along to what I was playing. I started performing for my friends and family. Around the age of 8, I started to take part in singing contests which made me fall in love with performing for a wider audience. Ever since I would always find myself in a musical circle. My parents were really supportive about my passion and it all happened naturally and in a good time.
Are you signed?
You released your new single ‘Self Care’, tell us more about the single.
Self Care was written in Fall 2018. It was a time in my life when I started to reinvent the meaning of what being a woman means to me. I understood that I need to listen to what my body and soul needs. I started to be less controlling over my feelings. I wanted to embrace moments when I felt beautiful and respect the times I needed healing. I wrote the song and brought it to a great producer, Cuetrek. He was full of refreshing ideas and still managed to keep my mellow aesthetic while producing the song. I wanted my debut single to be empowering and after writing this song I realized that this is exactly how I wanted to debut to my listeners.
What is the meaning behind ‘Self Care’?
“Self Care” means allowing yourself to feel beautiful and celebrating that moment. It’s connecting with your body, understanding it, appreciating it for keeping you safe and loving it, learning to love it or making a decision to start learning how to love it. It means allowing ourselves to be in control of what we’re feeling and losing that control when we want to. Self Care is about love, confidence and treating yourself with passion.
Describe the track in two words.
Will we see a music video for the track?
Yes, there is a music video! I’m looking forward to sharing it with the world.
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
I have a lot of exciting releases happening this year and I’m very excited about all of them. I’m currently not planning on releasing an album or EP but who knows what the next months will bring.
Do you have any shows coming up?
I had some shows coming up in New York, Boston and Toronto but with the current situation, our health and safety is the main priority so they’re all postponed. I’m really looking forward to playing them when the time is right.
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
I’m releasing more singles this year. I’m very excited about each one of them. My next release is on May 1st. It’ll be a single called “You” and it’s definitely an interesting turn after my debut release. I’m looking forward to sharing it with the world.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
I can’t wait till someone does a remix of “Self Care”. There’s a couple of remixers that I would love to work with and if you’re one feel free to reach out!
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? And who would they have to contact?
If you would like to collaborate with me feel free to reach out to my publicist Brittany Bowler firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you play any instruments?
While growing up I played a bunch of instruments like guitar, piano, and saxophone. I currently use piano as a writing tool. It helps me to put down main ideas in a software I’m using and keep everything organized. I’m using it less and less since I get the opportunity to be in the room with a producer and lay the ideas out instantly. As a kid I would always gravitate towards learning new instruments but after all this time two constant things that I could never let go off were singing and creativity and I believe those are my true loves.
Who are your influences?
Alina Baraz, Sabrina Claudio, Dua Lipa, Olivia O’Brien
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Life experiences are truly the best song seeds for me. Observing behaviors, understanding situations and connecting with people are a huge part of writing for me.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
With the same passion for music and creating. As far as it goes with my career I’ll have to let life take me where I belong.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Reading poetry, using my VHS camera, snapping photos with my film camera, staring at flowers, painting, and journaling
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
A collection of Erykah Badu records.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t make being secure your goal and take risks to follow your dreams.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Listen to less advice. Everyone has an opinion on what you should do. Be positive about your vision. Don’t get discouraged if people say something is difficult and try it yourself.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
I come from rural Poland. I grew up surrounded by nature. You should go on a walk barefoot without your phone.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Wherever home is
2/ Who do you see first? My family
3/What do you eat first? Fresh strawberries
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Water bottle, VHS camera, lipstick, my grandma’s ring, and perfume.