Run Like Wolves single cover. Art by Bron Peddington-Webb
Hannah Campbell is a Melbourne-based songwriter and sound maker.
Her new single, Run Like Wolves, is inspired by the book Women who Run with the Wolves, by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes, a veracious telling of the fierce, powerful and nurturing archetypal woman.
Run Like Wolves commands; human connection, support and empowerment. Hannah’s take on femininity orbits strength in vulnerability, weighing joy with grief in equal measures, and empowerment, rather than judgement. This single is an inspiring and exciting three and a half minute experience. Hannah Campbell’s vocals are as equally powerful as old souls Gretta Ray and Angie McMahon with a storytelling finesse similar to artists such as Didirri and Alexander Biggs. Run Like Wolves is high energy and joyful, with moody production and powerful lyrics.
Run Like Wolves Premiered on Triple J’s program Roots ‘n All with Nkechi Anele: “[Hannah’s] voice is just one of those old timey voices that could be from any generation. It’s just got this magic to it — similar to Didirri and Angie McMahon… that’s why I really really love that song.”
We sat down with Hannah on the release day of Run Like Wolves.
Who or what influenced Run Like Wolves?
Every woman I’ve ever known, the ones who stood up for themselves, made space for themselves, made themselves heard, fought to reclaim their rights, the bodies and their lives, are the inspiration for Run Like Wolves.
Run Like Wolves is a telling of the fierce, powerful and nurturing archetypal woman that Clarissa Pinkola Estes talks about in her book Women who Run with the Wolves. If you haven’t read this book, it’s definitely worth it! The song is my interpretation of this wild woman. To me, she’s every part of my self that wants to dance, sing, laugh, embrace people and stand up fiercely for my personal sense of justice.
The song is my interpretation of this wild woman.
Were you a music-loving kid? How did you get started in music?
I have adored music and music making since I was a little kid. The first song I learnt in kindergarten was Silent Night, and I used to sing it over and over. I wrote my first song about polar bears going extinct as a 7 or 8-year-old, and from then on I was using songwriting as an outlet for all the things I didn’t have spoken words for. My dad and I used to have ‘music appreciation’ sessions, where I’d sit on his knee and he’d put his headphones over my ears and play Todd Rundgren, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, and every new Crowded House release. No Hilary Duff for me! (kidding — I listened to so much Hilary Duff). Dad would tell me to notice how they sang, what instruments they used, what they were singing about and what it could all mean. So music and songwriting have been things I’ve connected to from a really young age.
I wrote my first song about polar bears going extinct as a 7 or 8 year old
What do you hope people take away from your music?
I’m fascinated by the relationship that joy and grief, and other human dualities, have with each other. I love how they can’t exist without the other one, and the way you can experience both at the same time in spite of them being opposites. I think regarding all the extremes that come in life with calm respect, inviting them for lunch and getting to know them, is really empowering. I hope that people listening to my music find some light in darkness, or see the sorrow that made way for joy. And with Run Like Wolves in particular, I hope they feel empowered
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
My granddad used to say “Kick down doors.” I think he meant that you should make yourself known, be proactive, and not wait to be invited in. He also said “Measure twice, cut once.” I think that one was about fixing all the doors he kicked in.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Don’t wait to be invited or discovered. Book your own gigs, learn how to record music, talk to people about their journey and ask if you can help. The music industry is a community full of people who are ready to love you and support you, but you have to come to the industry with what you want to get out of it.
The music industry is a community full of people who are ready to love you and support you, but you have to come to the industry with what you want to get out of it.
What’s next for you?
It’s still early days, but I’ll be releasing another single later in the year while I’m working on my debut album! You can expect to see my touring with my band on the east coast of Aus at some point soon.
What’s on your Spotify right now?
Lately I’m listening to some really cool and amazing Australian artists like The Teskey Brothers, Angie McMahon, Connor Black-Harry, Jess Deluca and Camp Cope. As well as some great international artists like No Name, Lake Street Dive, TEEKS, and Leif Vollebekk, and so many more. There are some incredibly talented people releasing music at the moment!