INTRO BY MADDEN LEVIN
INTERVIEW BY CAMI LIBERTY
Recently we spoke with the wonderful and talented, Ben Hazlewood! This young man, with hits like Parachute and Wanted, just released his EP, EOS! During this exclusive interview, we spoke with him about what it felt like creating the EP and what we can expect from him in the future! To find out his interesting answers, make sure to read on and do your research on this talent; you will not be disappointed!
You just released your EP EOS. Can you tell us the process on creating it?
BEN: "Creating EOS was a two part process with Vanta being the first EP, and EOS was kind of the follow up to it. The theme for both of them were 'it’s always darkest before the dawn.' Vanta is the darkest, blackest substance created by man and EOS is the greek goddess that rose up with the sun every morning. The thought behind it is even though things are a little shit sometimes, like sometimes during your life there’s a more positive outlook. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel."
What song was the hardest to create on the EP?
BEN: "I think Sail Away. It took us ages. We recorded it a bunch of times just because we weren’t sure we had the right sound for it, so there’s three or four different versions of the same song but different productions. So I think that was the most intense one to create, and it took the longest and was by far the most frustrating."
What would you say has been your biggest milestone so far?
BEN: "My biggest milestone so far would be touring in the US and spending time over here and kind of doing my thing here."
Who are your biggest influences, musically and personally?
BEN: "A lot of my musical influences come from what I grew up listening to, like Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, and I like anyone that is in this industry at the moment that’s kind of killing it is my inspiration. People like Bishop Briggs and Dorothy and a few other people that I’m just looking at their careers kind of blowing up at the moment and it’s pretty awesome and cool to see."
What do you love most about performing?
BEN: "The whole reason I write music is so I can perform it live, so I think getting to do that and performing my own stuff is kind of the best outcome and is the reason why I do it. I think just being onstage and performing stuff that other people have heard and that you’ve spent so much time working on and creating is pretty awesome."
Is there anything we can expect from you in the near future?
BEN: "I’m currently writing at the moment. I spent three weeks in LA writing. I’m looking after EOS to continue to grow as an artist and change up the style a little bit. There’s also the video coming out for Sail Away in a couple weeks and it’s pretty amazing so I’m pretty happy with that too."