INTERVIEW: Hayfitz

Hi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, thanks! It’s been quite a wild few weeks since I got off of tour but I’m doing okay!

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

Daylight was one of first songs I wrote for this record and turned into the largest production on the whole record as well. I got pretty ambitious with layers and the pure amount of musician friends that played on it so it took nearly a year until I finished the final mix. With all that said I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally in the world now!

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

I could certainly pick out a few events that led me to writing this but this song is just as much about the time that lead up to those events as it is the events themselves. We soberly think in circles about what we wish we could get past the nerves to say to someone but when an opportunity finally presents itself it’s never quite that easy. In efforts to spend less time under the influence and more time vulnerable and in the moment over the past year this song has become ever more important for me to listen to my own advice.

The single comes off your new album Capsules – what’s the story behind the title?

My now former roommate, Misa, actually came up with this! She since has moved in with her boyfriend but prior to that was always the first to help talk me through the tumultuous phases of living in New York each night when we’d be home. She has such a beautifully positive viewpoint on life and with the idea of a capsule she encouraged me to lock away the love I found in this short-lived situation and keep it locked away until it makes sense to reopen it. We always tend to want to explore things to their end but by encapsulating moments we can preserve their beauty for the longterm and not put extra pressure on sustaining something that may have not been meant to sustain.

How was the recording and writing process?

This is one of the songs that got its bare bones in Seattle, a bit of the underlying ambience in a cabin in rural Pennsylvania, electric guitars and trumpet in a small Brooklyn apartment, percussion in a shared practice space in Ridgewood, and finally a cello in my own tiny Ridgewood apartment – quite the journey it went on, I’d say!

How did the secluded environment get to influence the writing on this record?

Being in Seattle for three weeks certainly helped establish the pensive mood this record ended up taking on. Whereas being in Brooklyn it’s hard to hear yourself think in most environments – in Seattle I could really sit with each song and hear it in it’s simplest form. Sometimes it was terrifying being so isolated and with so many potential directions these songs could have taken but I think having that time also forced me to make permanent decisions on how to make all the songs cohesive.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Most of this record was inspired by a very short but very emotional few weeks I had in Brooklyn at the beginning of 2018. It’s absolutely crazy how someone can flip your life upside down in a matter of days and then go on to influence your art for years down the road. I wrote probably 80% of the songs in the first half of that year but once I got to Seattle in 2019 I wrote one last song that snuck its way onto the track listing. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, tons! I’ll be out west in my hometown of LA for an album release at the end of May, then off to the UK in June, and to the EU over the summer. Maybe even some extra one offs in the US before that too 🙂 

What else is happening next in Hayfitz’s world?

Over the summer I’m hoping to both translate some of the songs off this first record into stripped piano versions and also explore my love for ambient music by making some instrumental versions using stems from the synths & modular we used. And of course, a second record is well underway! 

LISTEN Hayfitz – “Daylight”

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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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