Today we’d like to introduce you to Addie Hamilton.
Addie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always been drawn to antiques, ever since a young age. In junior high, I remember discovering my great-grandmother’s crank Victrola record player. Her collection of music introduced me to some of my favorite artists today- Eartha Kitt, Artie Shaw, Xavier Cugat… a diverse compilation of genres- jazz, big band swing, rumba, delta-blues, classics covered by Yma Sumac and Gospel Choirs.
Not only were these sounds very influential in my life- but the album artwork opened doors to my fascination with pop culture and art direction of the 1920’s-60’s. I have spent a lot of time chasing concepts that have been left behind or perhaps, just hiding in the most peculiar places. Faded Satin, Fosse choreography, Calliope, and antique instruments one can’t pronounce the names of.
I started missing high school classes to work at vintage boutiques and commute from OC to Los Angeles for writing sessions. The first song I wrote caught interest by publishers and gained an Emmy nomination- I haven’t stopped writing/recording since.
Has it been a smooth road?
I would like to think that I have been very fortunate to support myself through music considering my age and the little time I have been doing it professionally. There has been so many lovely people I have met and learned from that I owe a lot too- there is still tons of growth to be done! I have heard you’re not done learning until they are kicking dirt on top of your box.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Addie Hamilton story. Tell us more about the business.
My biggest passion is songwriting and performing. What occupies most of my time is songwriting for my personal project and for TV/ film placements for a publishing company I am signed to. I have not yet released much music under my artist name, (aside from a few tunes that were written for placements) so most people have yet to connect my name to music.
While developing my sound I am still focused on growing my brand image around the vintage and editorial imagery that has so influenced me. Anything that screams humor while still tied up in a classic, fashionable bow! I am consistently doing art direction to create portraits that I feel would best connect to my sound. I have been lucky enough to work doing this for other artists and projects, including doing co-set design on a recently Grammy Nominated single for “Cage the Elephant” as well as co-poster design for Gary Clark Jr, Andra Day, Cage the Elephant, and Coachella Music festival.
I love wearing multiple hats! I think it is so important for a musical artist to not only be primary in their lyrics, sonic, and sound, but also to be influential, and specific about their image. I hope to bring a whole new element of theater to my audience that is original to me.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Sparklier costumes. A brass/winds section.
- Website: WWW.ADDIEHAMILTONMUSIC.COM
- Email: Bookings@addiehamiltonmusic.com
- Instagram: @hamiltonaddie
Paige Sara Wilson @Paigesaraphoto, Charlotte Olympia