Are you thinking about posting your first video on YouTube? Maybe it's a cover. Or maybe it's an original piece that you're finally ready to share with the world. Making your start on YouTube as a musician can be daunting. Just ask 24 year old British YouTuber, Hannah Trigwell.
Five years ago, the Leeds based musician took the plunge and started posting her own music online. Over the last five years, Hannah's videos have been viewed over 35 million times and things couldn't be brighter for the self-taught artist. You may have seen her Sam Smith cover, which has (so far) been viewed nearly 9 million times or perhaps her Ed Sheeran cover which is sitting pretty at 1.5 million.
Hannah is getting ready to release some brilliant new music and, of course, we jumped at the opportunity to have a chat with the rising star. She gave us the inside scoop on how to make it on YouTube doing original music as well as vlogging. Luckily for us, you tend to pick up a few things when you spend five years anywhere.
"I thought it would be cool to get some feedback from people everywhere."
Five years ago, there was a chance you would have spotted 19 year old Hannah sharing her music as a busker in her hometown. Luckily for the rest of us, she plucked up the courage to start her own YouTube channel and get the ball rolling on her career as an independent artist on YouTube.
I started busking, just in the street, and I’d seen a few videos on YouTube. I didn’t think that it was going to take off, but it looked quite cool. I saw that the videos I was watching were getting a lot of feedback from people all over the world and I thought it would be cool to get some feedback from people everywere.Hannah Trigwell
"Don’t be afraid to get contructive criticism because there are a lot of people out there who want to help you improve."
Whether you're a beginner or a veteran on YouTube, there is no real way to escape critique. Luckily, Hannah is quite passionate about what she does and that shows in her work. But she didn't always have the experience she does now. Hannah had to build her way up to to being comfortable on YouTube and accepting critique.
"I had a little bit of hesitation about putting my videos up because I felt shy about what I was trying to do. I would just say, do what you want to do. Also, don’t be afraid to get contructive criticism because there are a lot of people out there who want to help you improve."
How does someone like Hannah stay inspired?
Usually when I’m not feeling inspired to make a video I won’t make one. I’d rather read a book and get some inspiration from that and make a video later. I try to write songs several times in the week. Sometimes you get to that point where the inspiration has run dry. It can be hard because it is your livelihood.Hannah
Going from fan to talent: "I still feel like I'm a fan of loads of YouTubers".
Like anyone, Hannah started off as a fan of the biggest acts on YouTube. Over the last five years she has turned into a bonafide peer of people like Boyce Avenue and The Piano Guys. Surely that must have been strange at first?
It was kind of smooth. I was a huge fan of people like Boyce Avenue and the Piano guys—and I still am. It’s just that now I’m kind of doing a similar thing to them on YouTube. It’s hard to think I’m not still on the other side because I still feel like I’m a fan of loads of YouTubers.Hannah
"There are so many videos uploaded every day. You can’t afford to put out a low quality video."
"My thing I like to do is be consistent. On all my platforms. I try to put out videos every Wednesday. People have gotten in the routine of checking. It’s quality over quantity. There are so many videos uploaded every day. You can’t afford to put out a low quality video."
The best part is that Hannah has a whole bunch of new material that she has been working on since January.
I’m playing a really special headline show in London on November 25. I’ll be showcasing some new songs I’ve been writing that no one has heard before. I’ve been writing since January so I’m really just excited to get this new music out because I’ve been working on it for so long. It’s more electronic guitar than I’ve ever used before. It’s a little bit of a departure from the singer songwriter sound that I’m used to.Hannah