INTERVIEW: Fairhazel

Hi Hugh, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you for having me! I’ve been great, I’ve spent the last couple of days recording this song I wrote a few days ago and I’m really really excited about it.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Steady Man”?

The song pretty much wrote itself one night while I was in Brighton and then the next day I rushed home to record a demo. Over a couple of days my producer, Alex Noorani and I just focused everything we had on getting that song into something complete, and I recorded all the instruments at my studio at home, which is very minimal but has this very peaceful vibe that I think comes out in the music somehow. It’s not always that a song comes together as smoothly and easily as this did!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I decided to start writing music with particular films in mind, almost like my own soundtracks to films, and I saw that a film called Beautiful Boy was coming out later this year and wanted to write for it so I started one evening with the first verse of Steady Man and then the rest of it kind of flowed right through me and took on its own story that became detached from the original purpose of writing it for Beautiful Boy.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! The video is ready and will be released next week. I made it and its a pretty weird but I’m excited to put it out there.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing was over in under an hour and I felt like I was just the vessel for the song, but when I got the studio, I was really excited to get different parts down because I’d been going around flea markets looking for various instruments and things I could make into instruments, so there was a lot of hitting peculiar objects with a drum stick. I brought a guitar, bass, vocals and percussion demo to Alex and we just layered more vocals than I could ever imagine and started messing around with things like me pretending to be a trumpet (which made it into the song somehow). It was just really fun and natural.

What role does London play in your music?

London is a really special place but at the same time some parts of it are just so overpopulated and I’m not one for being in the middle of big crowds and squashed against Tube doors in rush hour, so when I went down to Brighton for a gig, I think the contrast of it not being very busy influenced the very peaceful sound of Steady Man. Apart from that, where I’m staying in London is like this oasis of a street sandwiched in-between several main roads, and somehow its just the most quiet and peaceful place on Earth to me, and being at peace is an important feeling I think.

Having travelled around the world and met different cultures – how has all this influence your music?

I think what I’ve learnt the most is that, as cheesy as it is, music is its own language, and regardless of where music is from, the emotion in music can be understood regardless of cultural differences. The true power of music is the ability to relay stories and ideas through a very desirable medium and unfortunately in the Western world, the music that is most popular doesn’t have that storytelling aspect or the emotional motivation behind it and thats such a shame to me.

How did your studies in Berklee influence you as an artist?

Berklee expanded my knowledge of music itself beyond my wildest imagination. Knowing what you are playing or singing, or where you can take it from a theoretical standpoint can really open up new pathways of writing.

As well as that the access to recording studios enabled me to learn engineering and producing and helped me get the sound from my head back to my ears.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I am always writing, I think I wrote 4 songs this week, and they are stacking up because I usually record them the same day or the day after and so I can’t wait to release a longer collection of songs!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m going to be travelling the US until November, and have a little plan to release a song written in each city I go to!

Any plans to hit the road?

I think the band and I are planning on heading to Germany and Belgium later this year, with a ton of shows in the UK in between, but we just want to do as much as we can, so stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Fairhazel’s world?

I’m thinking about a couple of projects, I love podcasts and would love to do one but I’m just figuring out the logistics of that, and I’m always updating my Instagram with new music and ideas.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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