Interview: Hazel Bloom talks about new music

Boston based indie artist Hazel Bloom has just released his new single ‘I Loved You, Once’ and is releasing a video for this song on Tuesday the 9th. CelebMix talked to Hazel about his new single, musical inspirations and current plans.

Your new song ‘I Loved You, Once’ has just been released. What can you tell us about this track?

I wrote ‘I Loved You, Once’ during the early months of 2018, in the middle of a snowy night at the lake near my house. I feel I write most of my best work there, there’s a certain sense of peace and serenity I feel there. I was in a vulnerable state of mind where I was still in love with a person but I knew things weren’t going to work out so I wanted to hate them so badly. It’s essentially about feeling lost, then you stumble into this person that makes you feel complete. How beautiful it feels at that moment, then the next it’s over and you feel like you’re back to where you started. I feel the musical composition displays this feeling beautifully. There’s a sense of desperation and love that flows throughout the song into the outro. Then the saxophone takes over and you really feel those emotions, but I feel it gives the listener a sense of hope.

The music video for ‘I Loved You, Once’ is going to be released on the 9th of October. What was it like filming this?

Filming the video for this song was a lot of fun, and I got to see a lot of beautiful scenery. We shot all the scenes around Hampton, New Hampshire. I think the scenes and backgrounds were beautiful which really helped bring out the story of the song while shooting each scene. However, the scenes in the ocean were the most uncomfortable to film mostly because I kept getting water in my eyes and I had sand everywhere on me lol. Working with Nick Valaskatgis (award-winning Director / Writer / Producer) on this video was incredible. He knew exactly how to shoot and portray each scene which made everything much easier and fun to film. He did an incredible job of bringing the story behind this song to life. It was awesome to work with someone who had a different perspective on the song as well as someone who could visualize the meaning behind the song. There are beautiful, colourful scenes filled with life that I feel helps bring the song to life.

Do you have any plans of touring in support of your new music?

That is absolutely my goal for the rest of year! Right now, I have a few shows set up around the Worcester/Boston, MA area to close out the year in support of my new release and music to come. I’m hoping to start making a presence around the Boston, Providence, and Hartford areas in the upcoming months. I plan on booking a lot more shows and hopefully will do some weekend tours! You can find all my tour dates here or on my Social Media!

Where do you feel your music fits in the current music scene?

All my upcoming music includes influences of Indie-Pop, and R&B genres. Right now, I’ve been listening to a lot of LANY, The 1975, Blackbear, Quinn XCII, and Chance the Rapper. All these artists have their own creative sound that I get a lot of influence from that shows in my music. I really love the style and vibe of all of these artists and I believe my music and writing style fits well with the Pop, R&B genres as well as with these artists.

What/Who are your inspirations in music?

I get inspired to write music and advance in my music career whenever I hear/see a band I love. There’s a certain kind of euphoric feeling I experience whenever I see a band I love perform. The song mixed with background lights and hearing so many people sing and connect with a song really gives me the chills and makes me feel complete. That feeling I get is exactly what I aspire to create with my music for other people. I would say the artists that inspire me the most are The 1975, LANY, Quinn XCII, Panic! At The Disco and The Hotelier. They inspire me to keep believing in myself and to never give up on what I want to accomplish. Seeing most of these bands touring full-time inspires me to keep working hard at my passion and shows me that it is possible. If the time and effort are put in, good things will begin to form. I grew up in the same town as The Hotelier and have played countless shows with them. Watching them grow from a small local band to a national touring act was surreal to me. It proved that I can do the same thing. Seeing this first person gave me the mentality that no dream is too big or out of reach. No matter how big the dream, never give up on what you love.

Do you have a dream collaboration?

My absolute dream would be to collaborate with Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. I’ve been following his music since I have been about 12 years old. He is unbelievably talented and has always been one of my role models. I have idolized his voice ever since I can remember, to collaborate with him would be an absolute dream.

If someone is reading this who hasn’t heard of you, how would you describe your music to them?

‘I Loved You, Once’ and all of my next releases are definitely more influenced by Pop, mixed with R&B. Like I mentioned earlier, I gain a lot of influence from artists such as LANY, Quinn XCII, and The 1975 so my music is a uniform sound of all those influences. However, my first release ‘Temporary’ is more of a laid back, chill, Indie-Pop album.

Where do you hope your music takes you in the future? What would the ultimate goal music wise be?

I believe that music is a beautiful outlet to bring like-minded people together. I hope to be able to play shows that bring people together, to forget about all their stress and truly be happy at that moment. I have two main goals in life. The first goal is to be able to play the music I love and create in front of people who feel the same feelings and passion I put into the songs. The other goal is to travel the world. I figure music would be the perfect career to accomplish this. At this point in my life, I have never been more motivated to pursue music as a career, so those goals are exactly what I am working towards.

Finally, can you tell us about anything else you have coming up this year?

I have a lot I want to accomplish before the end of the year. I’ll be booking more shows, writing more material, setting a release date for a new single, and working with Chris Curran of Reclaim Music Group (PVRIS, The Dangerous Summer, Set If Off) on more songs. As of right now, I don’t have any dates for new releases booked but here are the dates of my confirmed events!

11/15/18 @ Starlite (Southbridge, MA)
12/7/18 @ Ralph’s Rock Diner (Worcester, MA)

For updates on anything more about me you can subscribe to my website or follow me on social media! (HazelBloomOFCL)

Thank you to Hazel Bloom for his time. Let us know your thoughts on his new song on Twitter @CelebMix

Written by Charlotte Freeman-Coates

21 year old journalism student who loves music and travelling.
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