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INTERVIEW: Hazy Eyes

1.  How would you classify your music? 

I would say it’s a mix of a few genres, mostly centered around electronic music and pop. Lately I’ve been using a lot of guitar in some demos and more acoustic drum sounds so it might go a little more indie, but sad dance music would probably be spot on.

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? 

On the electronic side, definitely Mura Masa and Flume. They really inspired my first two projects, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of different things – Some stuff like Passion Pit and Two Door Cinema Club as well as people like Billie Eilish or Khalid. I seem to switch between genres all the time.

3. What do you want fans to take from your music? 

On the surface I’d be totally down with any positive experience, but my music to me is personal reflection so if they mirror anything like that I would be stoked.

4. How’s the music scene in your locale? 

I’m honestly not that involved in my local scene. I’m sure it’s bigger than I know, but I don’t see too many people in my genre coming around often. I do always work on music and never leave my room, though, so I’m sure that plays into it.

5. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I was really impressed with Vince Staples’ set at Panorama last year. He had nothing on stage; it was just him and an orange screen, but he had so much energy and presence that I was in shock.

My favorite part of playing live is probably interacting with people who come after my set. I always try to hang around in the crowd after I play and talk to people, because they’re really the reason I’m able to come out and do what I do on stage.

6. Is there a song on your latest release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

I think Scars would have to be my favorite, because it’s the first song that I made in person with the featured singer. Yoke Lore did an amazing job on the vocals, and I was a huge fan of him before we met so that’s why as well.

7.  How have you evolved as an artist over the last year? 

I think I’ve taken a more relaxed approach to making music and letting whatever happens happen. I used to try to hone in my music to a really specific sound, which I still do to a point, but I have been letting myself wander much more lately. I’ve also been focusing more on the words and the message of the song, which I really didn’t consider when I started.

8. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I would love to co-write a song and/or hang out with the beach boys. I listen to them all the time and have a lot of respect for Brian Wilson and what he was able to do.

9. What’s next for you?  

A lot! I plan on putting out a few more singles in the near future, and I’m heading out on tour with Pettit Biscuit in October. I’m sure that will be followed by some fuller project next year.

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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