Hayley Biegel - 10 Questions Music Interview
Hayley Biegel is a singer-songwriter based in New York. Originally from Maryland, she began singing and playing piano at age five. During her teens, she participated in numerous choirs gaining a lifelong love for vocal harmonies which can be heard in all her songwriting.
From her humble beginnings lip syncing in the mirror (for hours every night) to getting a degree in vocal performance from New York University, Hayley loves sharing her music. She has played on many stages in New York including the Knitting Factory, Rockwood Music Hall, and Bowery Electric, to name a few.
With a background in musical theatre, country music, choral music and classical piano, along with influences like the Dixie Chicks, Maggie Rogers, Sara Bareilles, Bon Iver, Indigo Girls and Sufjan Stevens, Hayley writes and produces critically acclaimed indie-pop music that fans love. Her latest single is "This Very Moment."
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started re-writing lyrics to Hilary Duff songs when I was about nine, and the rest is history. All jokes aside, I started writing more serious (aka extremely angsty) material when I moved to New York at 15 years old and could really accompany myself on the piano. I felt like it was one of the only ways I could comfortably/safely express myself.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Can someone come to a show and do something crazy please? (Like legal, consensual crazy) I'd love to have an amazing answer for this question but I guess we'll just have to see whats comes my way!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Probably playing with a full band; hearing my own songs with drums, bass, guitar, keys and three part harmony...there's nothing quite like it for a self absorbed Leo like myself :)
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I usually write melodies first on my piano and then lyrics come...slowly but surely. Depending on what movies I've watched/artists I've been listening to lately, I'm influenced to write about different things. But I like my songs to center around a feeling, it can be an old feeling or a new feeling, but it's my through-line. Also, I like to write during the daytime when the sun is on my face and I have huuuuuge cups of water and lemonade and coffee next to me.
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'd have to say the pressure to put out content independently and consistently, while also taking on the task of marketing and booking shows etc. I find it so difficult to write/talk about myself when it's not through song and would love someone to handle the business side of things.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Very hard to pick one...but I think it would be the Indigo Girls. They are just so iconic and they revolutionized music for queer and female artists. I would love to meekly throw in a third harmony and just bask in their glory.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I love rehearsals - I love my band and hanging out with them. My guitarist (who is also my boyfriend) has helped me to chill out more and not micro manage so much. We'll typically have one full band rehearsal and maybe a separate vocal rehearsal or just drums. But for the most part I truly trust the musicians I work with and feel lucky to be playing live with them.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I wrote a song called "What You Forgot" that I haven't released yet, but it's about the death of a friend. She and her family are really special and I wanted to write something to honor her. It was hard to write, and it's hard to perform, but I hope that it's ultimately delivered and received as a song of hope.
What's coming up in the future?
More singles! More shows! Come see me live and say hi, I love meeting new people.
Tell us where fans can access your music?