Getting to Know Carlie Hanson at Mamby on the Beach
Carlie Hanson just turned 18. She also just started a new career as a pop singer. Hailing from La Crosse, Wisconsin, this talented singer has the world at her fingertips. She just moved to LA to pursue her dreams and landed her first festival last weekend, Mamby on the Beach. We caught up with Carlie at the festival to talk about where she came from and what it’s like as a young singer living in Los Angeles. Sitting at Oakwood Beach, Hanson was amazed at the beauty and blue of Lake Michigan, which she’d never seen before.
Sensible Reason: You’re from Wisconsin, right?
Carlie Hanson: Yeah, about 5 or 6 hours away from here in La Crosse.
SR: That makes sense then that you’ve never seen the lake before. What’s it like moving from La Crosse to Los Angeles?
CH: I had to adapt. It’s really weird, really different. People aren’t as friendly I don’t think, no offense to anyone. A lot of the people I know are really nice but at parties, it’s just not the same [as Wisconsin]. The traffic…it takes 30 minutes to go 10 miles which is super weird. I live in my own studio apartment now, so that’s really nice. I can’t complain, I’m making music, living the dream. I’m not in love but it’s where I need to be.
SR: Do you struggle to find friends your age out there?
CH: Yeah, I don’t have any friends my age in LA. I’m pumped to see my friends, two of them are here today to see me perform. I haven’t been around anyone my age in a long time. Everyone’s around 30. I’m friends with a lot of 30-year-old gay men, which is fine but it’s different.
SR: What’s it like being so young in a place full of nightlife and bars you can’t even get in to?
CH: It’s fun, honestly. Young people in the music industry adore the city when they’re younger. It’s been good.
SR: You played a secret set last night, right?
CH: Yeah, it was actually at someone’s house. It was through Sofar Sounds, they have a YouTube channel with a bunch of videos of artists. It was an acoustic set playing at someone’s house. I didn’t know anybody in the audience, it was fun. It should all be on YouTube soon.
SR: What’s it like being supported by people like Troye Sivan and Taylor Swift?
CH: I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m going on tour with Troye, because I used to be obsessed with his YouTube channel. I don’t think he knows this but I used to watch all of his videos. When Taylor added me to that playlist…it’s still unbelievable.
SR: Are you a fan of Taylor Swift as well?
CH: Oh yeah.
SR: You’re pretty active on social media, but you often talk about how cruel social media can be. Would you be off of social media if you weren’t in your line of work?
CH: I’d probably be off the radar for sure. I like Tumblr a lot, so I’d probably still be on there. If I weren’t doing this job I wouldn’t be posting as much, I would definitely not be on there nearly as much. The internet is cruel, dude. It causes so much anxiety for myself. I’ve gotten over that a little but for other people, I don’t like the whole situation.
honestly how i feel a lot of the time. always seeing hate , not to me but to other people. if u don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all https://t.co/ULAeNKgvAN
— Carlie Hanson (@carliehanson) June 21, 2018
SR: You Tweet a lot about the zodiac. Are you super into astrology?
CH: Hell yeah! What’s your sign?
CH: Ok! We’re compatible, a lot of my best friends are Virgos. I’m a Taurus. Astrology is fucking real. If you don’t know anything about astrology, check it out. Check your moon sign, your rising sign. I’m in love with that stuff. I can digest so much from it, it’s amazing.
SR: Why are you so into it?
CH: I don’t know. I just know that I’m definitely a Taurus, 100%, you’re definitely a Virgo I can already tell. A lot of people think that kind of stuff can work for anyone, but I honestly don’t believe that. I 100% think it’s real.
SR: You recently came out and said you had a girlfriend. Tell us about that journey.
CH: I had a girlfriend. It sucks. It was the first girl I had ever been with. When I met her I had those feelings that I usually get for guys and it was amazing while it lasted. I’m so glad that I told everyone. My mom didn’t know yet so once I told my mom I was on such a high I wanted to also tell my fans. I’m really glad I did that because now people know.
SR: So you’re more fluid, love whomever?
CH: Yeah, exactly.
SR: Did you hit up the Pride Parade this morning in Chicago?
CH: I didn’t, but I went to the festival in LA and saw a few people perform.
SR: I saw you supporting a RuPaul’s Drag Race queen on social media. Are you a big fan of hers?
CH: Yeah, I met Aquaria! Do you watch that show?
SR: I know people who are super into it, but I haven’t seen it myself.
CH: When I was there I met Aquaria, she’s on this season and I know she’s going to win! When I met her I was trying to contain myself. My friends back in LA got me into that show.
SR: Tell us about your latest single “Mood.”
CH: “Mood” is one of my favorite songs. It’s a feel-good song. In LA my friends would always be pointing at shit, like, “that’s a mood, that’s a mood,” or have on a hot outfit and say “that’s a mood.” I just had to make a song called “Mood,” I worked on it with a producer called A.G. Cook, he produces a lot of Charli XCX stuff, so I knew it was going to be a dope session.
SR: What’s next for Carlie?
CH: I think I’m going to release one more song and then we’re going to put out an EP that are a bunch of new songs. No songs out now will be on the EP so it’ll be 5 or 6 completely new songs.
SR: And then your tour?
CH: I actually have 2 tours. One with Jeremy Zucker and then Troye’s. I’m going to be pretty busy but it’s going to be cool.
Carlie played an early set at the Park Stage at Mamby. While she mentioned that she assumed no one would be at such an early set, Hanson had quite the crowd waiting in the sun for her talents. She was welcomed with cheers as she announced her first festival as well as her first time in Chicago. Her presence on stage was that of someone who had toured before, and her voice made it clear why she was picked up from Wisconsin to move to the spotlight. One can only assume Carlie Hanson will soon be on the pop charts and all over the internet, whether she likes it or not. Check out the hilarious unofficial video for her latest single “Mood” at the top of the page.