Brooke Hatala - 10 Questions Music Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Someone in my life who was the catalyst for me to start writing music was my friend and voice coach at the time, Katie Garfield. Katie would invite me to sing with her at open mics and gigs and inspired me to start making my own music. I watched her create her own songs and it made me want to reach beyond covering other artists songs, but also write ones of my own.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I have been blessed with some incredible opportunities with my music, but the craziest thing that has ever happened in my music career was opening for Willie Nelson at his concert in my hometown.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my music path has been living in Nashville where I get to be surrounded my amazing writers and producers who help me create music that I love.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I approach songwriting in different ways, depending on the song. Most times, it starts with a lyric idea in my notes and a little voice memo of a catchy melody. I find my strength is finding a melody in my songwriting, so I usually start with a chord progression that sounds unique and write the lyrics from there. I like my songwriting to be real and vulnerable.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think the biggest challenge artists face today is being heard in an industry full of so much talent. There are so many incredible voices, songs, and songwriters, but I find that if you love what you do, releasing music that you have fun with and believe in is the most important thing.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
If I could share the stage with one other artist it would be Ed Sheeran because I have always loved his music and found inspiration in his stripped down, beautiful songs. Ed Sheeran seems like a very genuine artist who loves what he does.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I prepare for a live show by writing out an organized set list and running through each song multiple times to make sure I've got the melody and chords down so I feel prepared when I hit the stage.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
One song that was my greatest challenge to write was "Not the Only One in this Town." I co-wrote this one with multiple writers and it wasn't completely written in one sit down songwriting session. This song had multiple changes and was in the making for a year. The lyrics are relatable and I wanted to pull from real experiences and feelings so the vulnerability could shine though this song.
What's coming up in the future?
I am going to continue to write new songs and release music that I feel passionate about. I hope to build my following and inspire others with my music. I'm excited to continue working with a great team of people who believe in me and my music.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Fans can access my music on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms. My YouTube channel is "Brooke Hatala."
About Brooke Halata Brooke Hatala is a singer, songwriter, guitarist from Raleigh North Carolina who now resides in Nashville TN. She is a student at Belmont University while pursuing her music career fulltime. Brooke is not new to performing, she had her first solo gig at age 11 which has grown to bigger events over the past 8 years. Brooke opened up for Willie Nelson at the Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC at the age of 15. Brooke also was a contestant on The Voice Season 12, earning a blind audition, and was one of the youngest contestants ever. Other notable performances include the National Anthem in Oklahoma City in June 2016 for the Women's College World Series Championship games for a crowd of over 13,000 and at a Duke Men's basketball game for over 9,000 in the famous Cameron indoor stadium. At the young age of 13, Brooke sang at the Rascal Flatt’s concert "meet and greet" in Raleigh at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, and at 14 she performed on the VIP stage before the Keith Urban concert. Brooke was featured on WRAL TV as an "Artist to watch" along with WQDR 94.7 featuring Brooke in the Homegrown Carolina series and playing her songs on the radio.