About Hana Vu
Hana Vu's distinctive brand of indie rock sets her deep, detached vocals in a mix of dreamy haze, soul, and jangle. Emerging on music-sharing sites in 2014, she released a series of increasingly more fully arranged collections leading up to her label debut, the How Many Times Have You Driven By EP, in 2018.
Based in Los Angeles, Vu started writing songs as a preteen and began uploading home recordings to the web in her early teens. Her first collection, Got Got Demos, appeared in 2014. The following year's Outtakes featured hazy, moody arrangements of various combinations of guitar, keyboards, drum machine, and multi-tracked vocals, though by August 2015's Nightlife she was recording full-band arrangements with live drums. Her 2016 album, Sensitive, included the song "Queen of High School," a collaboration with Willow Smith.
However, it was her video for a later track, "Crying on the Subway," that caught the attention of Fat Possum imprint Luminelle Recordings' co-founder Chris Cantalini in early 2018. Vu opened a show in L.A. at the invitation of headliner Soccer Mommy that April, and she made her label debut in June 2018 with the EP How Many Times Have You Driven By. It was accompanied by a U.S. tour in support of indie pop duo Sales.
Following the release of her debut EP, Vu graduated from high school, moved out of her childhood home, and passed on a college acceptance offer in order to devote her time to music. She toured with Phantogram and Nilufer Yanya before following up with the self-produced double-EP Nicole Kidman/Anne Hathaway in October 2019. ~ Marcy Donelson