Q&A with rising Australian artist Hattie Oates

Known for her unique storytelling and charismatic vocal style that strikes a chord with the soul and intrigues the mind, Hattie Oates is making waves in the music industry and establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with. Her new single “YOU COULD LOVE ME BACK” is no exception!

We got to chat with the artist about her artistry, background and upcoming plans.

Congratulations on your latest release, ‘YOU COULD LOVE ME BACK’. Can you tell us what inspired you to write this track?

Thank you so much! I’m so excited to have this one out in the world! 

I wrote ‘You Could Love Me Back’ from a place of “what if?”. I have never allowed myself to feel many romantic feelings, so I was trying to write a song that explored the possibility of falling for someone, not worrying or preempting the “car crash” of a heartache that might happen. Even though that’s the perspective I wrote from, others will hear it as a straight up love song, but I kind of love that too! 

What do you want listeners to take from your music in general?

Growing up I was always obsessed with music that makes me feel. Like what I call “the Coldplay feeling”, when you just want to hug the closest person to you, stare at the sky and think about life! So, I hope that at some point, when listeners are hearing my music, that they can feel the weight of a lyric or something in the music. I’m in my era of “tragic drama”, so I want to look across the crowd and see a mixed bag of reactions. Dancing, smiling, yelling, crying, are all acceptable reactions! 

As a young artist, you’ve already achieved significant success, including winning 1st place in the AC category of the International Songwriting Competition. How do you handle the pressure of rising fame and recognition?

Most of the pressure I feel at the moment is from myself and managing my expectations with my drive to get to a certain point in my music career. Winning the International Songwriting Comp was definitely a proud moment, getting recognised for my songwriting is something that fuels me and gets me super excited for future releases! I think learning how to channel any pressure in a positive way, and stay surrounded by amazing people that I love, is the most important thing. 

Given your success at a young age, what advice would you give to aspiring musicians who are looking to make their mark in the music industry?

Just continue to put music out that you are proud of. If you have no music out, then no one can enjoy what you do! Each song is going to react in a different way, but everytime you release a song, someone new is going to hear it. Give them the opportunity to become a fan! 

What can fans expect from your upcoming projects? Are there any particular themes or concepts you plan to explore in your future music?

I already had some songs in my catalog that I was super excited about, but after the last 3 months in London, I am in the best state of confusion ever, haha!! I definitely have plans that are evolving as we speak, so make sure you are following my journey, and you don’t miss anything. The most concrete thing I can say about what to come is that the songs I have been writing are literally unpacking my questions, feelings and responses before I even knew that’s what I was thinking. I hope they make you feel how they make me feel.