Interview: Quickfire with George O’Hanlon

While singer and songwriter George O’Hanlon is still a fresh face within the British music scene, he’s already picking up considerable momentum thanks to support from heavyweights like BBC Introducing and Radio 1.

It’s easy to see why this 21 year-old from Dorking is so captivating; few can create tracks that give such a strong feeling of intensity and emotion as O’Hanlon can. Thanks to the release of his new single ‘The Weight’, I was able to ask this hugely promising artist some quick questions to learn more about him.

How would you describe your sound to someone who’s not heard your music before?

My sound is a combination of my influences, stuff like Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke, as well as being inspired by my life experiences and the world around me.

When did you realise that you wanted to become a musician? 

I never thought of it like that, I just enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. I’ve always had a love for music.

How did it feel signing your record deal with a label as established as EMI? 

It was a big change of course but it’s felt very natural and everyone’s been very welcoming.

Who would your dream collaboration be with?

Michael Kiwanuka or Phoebe Bridgers.

What artists do you draw upon for inspiration when you’re crafting your songs?

Loads but at the moment I’d probably say Nirvana and Radiohead.

What does the rest of the year have in store for you?

Hopefully getting out and playing more gigs! I’ll be recording more songs as well so that’s exciting.

Be sure to check George’s debut Mahogany session, featuring stripped back performances of both ‘The Storm’ and ‘The Weight’ here.

George O’Hanlon