Molding his musical style with a modern-pop approach, self-proclaimed thinker Hazlett navigates raw honesty through his lyrics. GIGsoup caught up with Hazlett to discuss his divine tales of soul-searching in new EP ‘Thundering Hopes’.
Hi Hazlett, how’s it going?
I’m doing just dandy thank you
Is there a defining moment in your life when you realised music was important to you?
There was a moment when I was 14 and I snuck into a music festival. I was absolutely blown away by how powerful music sounded on a stage that big and how euphoric it made people feel.
You’ve recently released your new EP ‘Thundering Hopes’ – what were your inspirations behind it?
My first EP was about a break up so Thundering Hopes is all about what comes next. I’d say I’m a bit of a late bloomer so it’s a narration of getting my groove back, finding my feet and doing things for myself for a change.
What was the musical-making process like for ‘Thundering Hopes’?
It looks like a lot coffee, red wine and travelling around. The story of the songs all came from a different city and then they were made clearer with a little seclusion. The process I get to share with my best friend Freddy so iI’ll bring him my stories and he helps bring them to life.
What song on the EP are you most proud of and why?
I don’t want to be cliché and say all of them, but it’s true. The reason they are on the EP is because they all work and feed off each other as a whole. None of them exist without the other. If I have to pick on though I’d say FIREWORKS because thats the one that started it all.
When did you write your first song, and what was it about?
The first song I ever wrote was about a girl I liked when I was 15 and I sampled Kat’s poem to Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You as the intro. It was terrible and the worst part is I think it’s still floating around the internet somewhere.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I’m obsessed with Zachary Knowles, LÉON & Briston Maroney
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
The rest of the year is a little up in the air for everyone at the moment isn’t it. I’m hoping to, when it’s safe to do so, start playing for people again soon. But for now I’m back in Australia writing the next album from my bedroom and I love where it’s heading.