Adeline Hill: Hardworking Creative
Adeline is someone I’ve followed for a while since we live somewhat in the same area and have some mutual friends on social media. Her music has provided the soundtrack to some great memories for me over the past several months and has fostered my creativity as I listen while writing. Enjoy her interview!
Tell us in one sentence what you do and why you do it.
I am a singer/songwriter and I chose to do that as a career because I have a desire to tell real stories through songs in hopes that it will put words into people’s hearts that they didn’t know were there or they didn’t know how to express otherwise!
What does it mean to you to be a “hardworking creative?”
To me, a hardworking creative is someone who pursues their passion with all of their might. I strive to be this in my own career, in the sense that I am learning to not only love music “because” but to love music “despite.” Music takes time, hardwork, and a lot of emotional energy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
When, how, and why did you start singing and playing instruments?
I started playing instruments when I was about 9 years old. My dad surprised me with a keyboard one afternoon and I remember being so enamored with it. In fact, the first time I played it, I actually wrote my first full song. It quickly became the way I processed things. I was that kid who would rush home from school because I couldn’t wait to write a song about my day. Since then, I have learned to play piano, guitar, ukulele, and a little bit of banjo!
How old were you when you began your music career in earnest? Has it ever been difficult to be young in the music industry, and have you ever felt like you’re not taken seriously?
Music took a turn for me at about 13 when I realized my love for music was more than just listening to it. I really began to want to pursue it as a career. In fact, my uncle (who just happens to be my producer) let me record one of my own songs for my 13th birthday and that only fueled the fire inside me. I was hooked. Recording my own songs quickly became all I could think about. But, I was also very young at that time–and I still am pretty young! At 18, it is pretty normal and almost expected to feel like you’re not taken seriously. I have learned not to take things too personally, to be open to constructive criticism, to always try to have a posture of humility and to accept that I really don’t know everything. I always want to have a desire to learn more about the industry I am in, and when I work hard to constantly improve my voice and my songs – people start to respect that and therefore, take me seriously.
What was something that surprised you as you worked on your first album—something about the process that you didn’t expect, whether good or bad?
I didn’t expect or anticipate the feeling I felt when I heard all the studio musicians play all together on my song for the first time. To be able to finally hear what I had heard in my head for so long was the most euphoric and the most beautiful feeling. I never want to forget that!
What advice do you have for young creatives who want to do something with their work but just can’t seem to get off the ground?
Although it’s frustrating when your work doesn’t seem like it’s being noticed, appreciated, or celebrated, keep going. The biggest lie you could believe is that your gifts aren’t worth pursuing anymore. I myself struggle with this sometimes and I constantly have to remind myself to keep working and keep believing in myself even when it’s hard. You have a story to tell and I promise that in the end your hard work will pay off and it will feel so rewarding. Keep going! You got this!
What are your short-term and long-term goals with your music?
My short term goals consist of writing for my next record right now. I’m in a season where I’m learning how to live a bit differently after graduating, so I have a lot of time to process and write! My long term goal would be to eventually do a tour through college towns because I think that would be so fun.
What does a typical day in your life look like right now?
I chose to pursue music full-time after graduating high school, so my life looks a little bit different every day! Usually I try to find a place to go and work, whether that’s a coffee shop, a restaurant, a field, etc. It always helps me to get out of the house and to immerse myself in different atmospheres everyday!
What’s your number one secret to beating creative blocks?
Take a break. I know my brain needs to focus on something else before it focuses on a big task. I usually try to do something that gives me life. For example, I love to make a new recipe that I’ve been wanting to try, or meet a friend for a quick coffee, or even just get in my car and drive. Doing something that you don’t necessarily need to “think” about can give your brain a break before you need to buckle down! Also, remind yourself that being creative is not a burden but a gift!
What gets the creative process kick-started for you?
I usually write songs when I feel inspired, nostalgic, or sometimes even angry! When I feel emotions, I usually try to write about it in the moment so I can capture my feelings to the best of my ability!
Who or what is your music influenced by? Who are your favorite bands and artists to listen to?
I really love Ben Rector. I have seen him about 7 times in concert and each time gets better and better. I love his songs because they are real, timeless, and so relatable. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t listen to him!
Do you currently (or have you ever) have a job outside of music? If so, does it help or hurt your creative career—and how?
I don’t have a job outside of music, although I babysit for some families here and there!
What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you regarding your music career?
The best piece of advice I have gotten regarding my music career would be to tell honest stories. When I’m honest with what I’m going through, then people will be able to relate to it even more. Everyone is going through something, and I find it refreshing when people realize that they’re not alone in it.
Hey fellow hardworking creatives, any other songwriters out there? What’s one thing you’re taking away from Adeline’s interview to help you along your journey?