I’m all good, thank you :] excited to be chatting to you and I hope you guys are well.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Horror In Me”?
Of course. This is one of the most fun songs to play. It’s just your typical punk song structure but it’s something I can really get rocking to when I play it on stage. You can really move to it. It’s nice and simple but that’s how I like it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Well the music gives the impression that it’s a pretty happy song but it’s actually about an abusive relationship I was in when I was younger. I eventually managed to permanently walk away from that relationship but then received abuse from the friends and family of the girl I had been with. This abuse stemmed from lies that they’d been told about me. The song explores how I felt at the time and how it’s affected the rest of my life.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming the video was a lot of fun but also pretty surreal. There were only two people involved; me and the guy behind the camera. I’m confident as a performer but playing a bunch of kids musical instruments and “performing” the song to only one person can be a little strange. But I’m really pleased with how it looks.
The single comes off your new album Chapter One – what’s the story behind the title?
Well I’ve played music since I was about 13, but this is my first release as a solo artist. I feel like all the events in my life, both musical and otherwise, have been leading up to this point. I plan to continue releasing music just under my own name so this is the first chapter of the rest of my music career.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was relatively straightforwards because I did it all myself. That being said, the writing process was quite difficult because I did it all myself. I loved having the freedom of it being exactly how I wanted but it’s easy to run out of ideas when you’re the only person bringing them to the table. But I’m definitely happy about how everything turned out and it’s given me the confidence to know what I can do and I’ll do it again in the future.
What role does Leeds play in your music?
Well the bands I’ve played in over the years have often centred around the Leeds area. I don’t write songs about growing up in Leeds but, naturally, ones surroundings will affect things like songwriting, musical influence, motivation and other such aspects. I like where I live so I think, for the most part, it’s been positive.
What aspect of conflict and loss did you get to explore on this record?
When I’ve previously mentioned that one of the themes of this EP is ‘conflict’, I’m mostly referring to the conflicts I have with myself. For a lot of years, I’ve struggled with disliking myself, thinking I’m not good enough or thinking I’m not a nice person. Despite how hard I try to combat that, the thoughts often remain (though a little less prominent). Deep down, I know I’m a decent person, but when our minds wants to tell us we’re not, we can’t help but wonder whether it’s actually right. With regards to loss, it’s not so much loss in terms of a person dying, but it’s more to do with losing friends or the end of relationships. I used to have a bit of a problem with drugs. When I finally managed to rid myself of those habits, I had to rid myself of the people I associated with at the time, as they only added to the issues. Since I now focus on my work and my music and I do all of that from home, I’ve not had many opportunities to make new friends. But rather than letting any of those things bother me, I write songs about them and it makes me feel so much better about it. What made you want to explore on these themes?
It wasn’t really intentional. I write what comes naturally and I guess this is the sort of thing that is on my mind when I write. It’s common knowledge that I suffer with depression but I’ve never wanted to be the kind of songwriter that releases songs and says “This song is about depression”. But, being a songwriter that has depression, naturally, it has an impact on the songs I write.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I listen to a lot of emo bands from the 2000s. I’ve always loved how poetic and metaphorical their lyrics are. You get artists like Ed Sheeran whose lyrics are very literal. Whilst I think he’s very good at what he does, that’s just not what comes out when I write (either musically or lyrically). A lot of people assume that because I’m a solo artist, I’m an acoustic singer songwriter and that’s really not the case. I’m a solo artist because relying on other musicians can often be difficult. Doing things this way means I get to write what I want to write, record when I want to record and tour when I want to tour. But, at the same time, I love the sound of a band. I like 2 distorted guitars, drums, bass and vocals & harmonies. So that’s how my music sounds.
Any plans to hit the road?
Of course. That’s the best part about playing music. My UK tour starts on the 22nd of March and runs until the end of April.
What else is happening next in Aiden Hatfeld’s world?
As much music as possible for the rest of my life. I don’t ever want to stop doing what I love. I’ll continue to run my ‘In Music We Trust’ clothing brand that donates 50% of its profits to a mental health charity. I’ll keep encouraging people to be nice to each other and I’ll keep making mistakes and learning from them… all whilst playing music.
Chapter one, released through IMWT Records, will be available on CD direct from www.aidenhatfield.co.uk and available for download from iTunes, Spotify and all major platforms.