Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
My real name is Hayden and I was born in Australia but raised in New Zealand. I moved back over here to Australia 6 years ago.
Tell us your academic qualification.
I’m halfway through a double bachelor’s degree at the moment. Studying arts and communications.
Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
In my musical career, I’ve released an EP in the past under another moniker but actually decided to put music aside until a year ago when I felt I needed to start again, so I adopted a new name and got back to it. I’m treating my upcoming EP as my debut as far as my current iteration goes. I’ve written, produced, and recorded this project in full and it’s been a great opportunity to hone my skills and learn a lot along the way.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
I consider the genre of my music to be hip-hop although it’s probably a little bit left of the field. As far as the video goes, our intention was for it to be really simple and kind of classic in style, just an emcee and a camera. When it came time to film though, a crazy fog had set in over the city so we managed to capture some eerie shots in the dark.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
I’ve been trying to make the most of social media as is the standard, Facebook and Instagram to be precise. On top of this, I’ve played a free public show on the day of the single release, and have been in contact with various publications which has given me good results!
Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.
What makes me happy is spending time with my wife, friends, and family. Also having a song come together as a cohesive piece! What makes me sad is ignorant people who aren’t willing to be open-minded or show some love to each other.
Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.
The concept behind this song is going about your life while feeling a disconnect with the world and people around you, eventually trying to find solace through music and finding that it might be meaningless in the end despite the efforts.
List the radio stations, TV stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
The song was premiered on Scenestr and will also be featured on the Unsynd podcast.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
At the moment I’ve been working with my boys Greg Olley for some technical assistance with my mixes and live performance, and Chris Airey for my film and design stuff. The song was produced/recorded/mixed entirely in my home and sent off to Danny Bobby in NYC for mastering. The video was shot and edited by Chris in one night, just the two of us cruising around different spots and doing what felt right. A little trick we used was rapping double time in the live recording and slowing the footage down to half speed, so the video has a slow-motion kind of thing happening at points while I’m still rapping in time with the beat. We were never aiming for anything over ambitious are; we’re really happy with the simplicity behind how it came out.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
So far my only experience in the industry has been minimal and I’m still trying to break through essentially. Seeing as this EP is finished though I’m actually attempting to diversify my skills and produce and mix work for other artists in order to set myself up for more options down the line.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
What makes me unique from others is that this is entirely my own thing; I’m not being influenced during the writing process by anything but what I’ve been listening to and what I’m feeling. I think having to do this alone from the ground up has meant that my sound is true to itself.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
One of my weaknesses as far as music goes is trying to over-complicate sections of a song.
Adding too many elements and layers can clog up a mix, but I’m a sucker for subtle little nuances in an instrumental, so I often find myself trying to find a middle ground. Obviously, there are two sides to the same coin here though, because if the right balance is struck I think that becomes strength, so I would say my musical can lie in attention to detail.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
“Perfect Places” by Lorde,
“Crew” ft. Brent Faiyaz and Sky Glizzy by Goldlink,
“Nights” by Frank Ocean
“Without” by Sampha
“Feel No Ways” by Drake.
Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
As far as I’m concerned unless there’s no reason I can’t do this all myself. I’ve already proven to myself throughout this process that I can do much more than I thought I could, so I’d like to push that to the limit and see how far I can go. One day if a label approaches me with the right conditions or it seems necessary then I’m open to the possibility.
Tell us the instruments put together in this song.
The song was put together entirely using Logic Pro X and my midi controller, so as far as the virtual instruments there’s a bunch of different synths layered, the drums, a weird bass sound, a distorted organ, and my vocals.
Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.
I’m big into pot plants and am also a huge fan of visual art. I enjoy going to galleries and exhibitions and would also love to start collecting my own art one day.
Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.
I don’t know if there was any concerted process to getting through this, it just had to happen and it did. Once you’ve put yourself into a position where you don’t really have a choice it becomes easy. Once everything kicks off it turns into a release of a lot of built-up tension, so it’s really awesome in the end.
Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.
To be honest I’m still trying to figure this one out myself. I think a combination of having royalties coming in, money from live shows, and some side-hustle like mixing/producing for others might be a way to go.
Narrate your recording experience.
Quite simple; set up in the spare room of my house, throw the beat on my headphones, and do my best. Everything was done in my house so I barely left the room throughout the process.
List your various works.
So far I have one single out, just “Jericho”. I have my debut EP named “Dying Fire” dropping in March.
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