INTERVIEW: Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter HAZY

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

Hey, I’m feeling the same as no doubt many of us are the moment – a bit dazed and confused but trying to take the positives and make the most of the situation we are all facing together.

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

I wrote Arcade as a way of paying tribute to typical British seaside towns. Many of us in the UK are fortunate enough to experience the sentimental value of the coast, and recognise the atmosphere of the penny arcades by the sea. I can imagine a lot of people are currently feeling nostalgic about summer holidays by the beach.

It was written and produced in my bedroom, just like all of my songs – as it’s become a comfortable space to write in. The way it sounds on the record is exactly how I play it live with my band, which is nice because it’s an honest representation of the songs’ character.

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

It’s mainly linked to my childhood summer holidays spent by the seaside in Southend-on Sea and Whitby. I’d go down to the arcades with my grandparents and they’d always give me a bag of pennies to gamble with on the coin pusher machines.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the single?

I have just released a performance of Arcade on my Instagram, you can find it here:

How was the recording and writing process?

A surprisingly natural process based on the fact that I usually start with textures and motifs. I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about before I had even begun writing, so most of the song was written with pen, paper and a piano. Recording the vocals was an exciting task because I used vocal hardware to achieve the sound (something I haven’t previously done before with recording). It was also quite challenging to get right, because the nature of the voice machine meant that I couldn’t record the lead vocals separately from the harmonies. This made the mixing process difficult, but my engineer on this (David Coyle) managed to tackle it head on.

How has Bon Iver and Musa Musa influenced your writing?

Bon Iver and Mura Masa basically kickstarted my passion for sound design and home producing. Bon Ivers vocal processing blew me away in his album ’22,A Million’, which motivated me to get into vocal processing for gigs and recording. Mura Masa was one of the first successful ‘bedroom’ producers that I discovered, and he contributed massively to bringing the DIY approach to making songs into pop culture. He inspired me to record and produce songs like he did, and it’s amazing to see the effects of the DIY age on artists like Gus Dapperton and Clario.

Complex did a cool article on this which I’d recommend:

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

Absolutely. I’m currently working on various new materials for the songs that I’m releasing this year. It’s an interesting task giving my audience new content currently – especially with the return of ‘Vine’ 2.0 (Tik Tok). The whole corona situation has meant that I can’t gig or film things properly so I’m adapting to that as best I can. Nonetheless, it won’t stop me from whacking out content.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There’s a new song coming out in early June called ‘Swimming Closer’. A bedroom pop song that I want to see people blasting on road trips.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I’m looking into doing a UK tour as soon as venues are open and the coast is clear!

What else is happening next in Hazy’s world?

I’m releasing a new song every month for the rest of the year. Each song was approached uniquely with writing, recording, and production. Look out for that!

Stream here:

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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