1.Please introduce yourself and tell us who you sing for
My name is Hanna Barakat, and I am the front woman, songwriter, arranger, producer, and owner of my self named band. I released by debut record, Siren, produced by John Moyer of Disturbed, this past year.
2.What / Who made you want to sing?
My very first vocal inspirations, as a child, were Mariah Carey, Alanis Morisette, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion. These women were my first examples of female performers, and they were glorious.
3.Who was the first singer you saw live that gave you chills?
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, when I was 13 years old
4.Many people say heavy music is just screaming, How would you combat that statement?
While some heavy music is driven by heavy screaming vocals, I don’t think screamers get to exclusively claim heavy music. The drum beats, the deep bass lines, the chugging guitars all play a roll in transforming the music into something that makes your body want to move! Heavy rock and metal are often times very intricately written and arranged, yet they do not get the same praise as jazz, for instance, but they similarly require a great amount of skill to perform and execute with precision.
5.If you growl or do harsh vocals how do you keep your voice after such violent performances?
I have a powerful belting voice, but I do not outright scream. Maybe one day, but I have not spent time learning how to safely do that technique, and I would never try without proper study and preparation.
6. Do you have a warm up routine? Tell u bout it ?
I warm up my voice and try and stay as hydrated as possible before and after my performances. I also use licorice root tea to help smooth my throat, especially for long performances or rehearsals. I also occasionally use my secret weapon and eat french fries before a performance, if I really need a grease treatment on my throat before a show!
7. Do you think power or performance is more important?
It is one and the same. Your performance is your power, where you show your strengths, your weaknesses, and your pure self.
8. Who do you think gets unfair vocal praise, someone the world thinks is great but is not? / And who is great but does not get the credit?
I have to remind myself that music is always subjective. That being said, I would never want to discredit someone for their talents, or lack there of. I can say that I have been blown away by an unexpected singer this past year. I had the opportunity to see Three Days Grace on three separate occasions this year, and their singer, Matt Walst, delivered a powerful, energetic, flawless performance each and every single time. The entire band impressed the hell out of me, and turned me into a pretty dedicated fan.
9.Name your top 5 vocalist
10.Micheal Buble or Jim Gallette? Just testing your skills here
Jim Gillette? from Nitro? I have never really been into hair bands, BUT I would have to say I prefer them over soft jazz and elevator music.
11.Who do you love to listen to that would surprise people?.
I still listen to 2001-2003 records from Nickelback, especially when I go to the gym. I like what I like :)
12.If you could remove the autotune from any singer who would it be?
I am not sure… I always make my final assessment of musicians when I see live performances. That’s when I know what they’re really made of. Autotune is a tool that can be used to polish a product or hide a serious ability flaw. I would love to hear Maria Brink with entirely no tracks, no band, no reverb, no compression, just her voice, in a room. I would be curious to hear her raw voice.