Hiya thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat. Can you introduce yourself and your musical history?

Hi! I am Hazel,  an alt. pop singer/songwriter based in London. I’m Inspired by artists such as Harry Styles, Lorde, and Billie Eilish. I write emotionally charged, empowering songs often with a focus on my own personal struggles with anxiety, loneliness, and depression. I use my music to explore themes including emotional release, mental health, and self-acceptance.

I have been working on my own music for the last two years. I always loved singing,  I took piano, singing, acting, and dancing lessons after school but I never got into music professionally. In 2020 during the pandemic, I decided to change my career path. I was studying marketing before, and although I think it was super interesting, it was not for me, so I decided to pursue my music career fully. I now do this full-time and I am so happy. I’ve released two singles over the last few months, my debut single Scream with its own music video, and my new single NoMore.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?

Honestly, I have thought about this quite often. I think it depends on the artist. I am accepting that my progress cannot be on the rise indefinitely and sometimes I just get stuck in one place. I think you just have to embrace the moment and live one day at a time. Every little step you take is progress in my opinion. 

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

I can definitely say that I got better and I am still getting better. Songwriting is like learning a new language, at first you know a few words and you get more and more comfortable with time and then you can have a conversation. There is still a lot I need to improve but it’s gotten way better. I sometimes go back to my old notes and look at the various songs I wrote back when I started and I am shocked at how bad some were. But I always say, with anything in life, you’re always learning and you can only get better with time

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials, in what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

I have received a lot of tips from other people so I cannot say that my tips come from me entirely, however, I think that the best tip I can give is to post as often as you can. The reason why people like social media is that they develop a connection with their favorite artist and get to know them on a more personal level. That interaction is so important. The more you post the more people get to relate to you, and your experiences, good or bad and that builds a strong relationship.

Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself.

I have 5 dogs, I speak 5 languages, and I am a really good dancer! Now you decide which one is the lie…

What are your thoughts on Spotify’s monopoly of the music industry?

It’s good and bad. I think for me personally, it’s great because it makes my life easier. One single platform means I can focus my efforts and have more control over what is happening. For the listener, I know that it can be frustrating when your favorite artist is not on your preferred platform. The good news is that you can listen to all my songs on most streaming platforms! 

What was your worst experience on stage?

This was not long ago, I performed at a charity ball. I chose the wrong song and the sound system was terrible. People said they liked it but for me personally I was not happy with my performance.

What makes you stand out as an artist?

What makes me stand out in general, not only as an artist but also as an individual is that I come from many places! My mum is Danish and my dad is Turkish, I grew up in Switzerland, moved to the south of France, and then to the UK to study. So I am made up of small pieces from everywhere. I try to reflect this mix of cultures within my songwriting.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?

Yes, my second single, NoMore is out now on all streaming platforms! This song is super special for me because it is the first one I co-wrote with my producer Alex Rigueiro. I wrote a lot of songs before this one, but this is the first one that made the cut and made it to the last steps of mixing and mastering. We wrote it around a year ago and I’ve been really excited to share it!

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune. 

The songs I write are mainly from what I have experienced. This song in particular is about my breakup with my boyfriend a couple of years ago. It’s really the whole story of several fights and long talks with my ex-boyfriend and my friends. It’s very biographical.

What was the recording process like?

We keep the vocal recordings to the final stages, as we want everything in place before I record. Most of the vocal recordings are the same, warm up, pray and on we go! It usually takes a day, but sometimes it drains me and I have to continue the next day.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Less is more. Most of the time I try to write complex sentences, analogies, and metaphors, but sometimes you just need to call a fish a fish. 

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

As a perfectionist at heart, I always want to change stuff. But that is normal, I have learned so much now, and I want to apply my new skills and practices to my previous songs, but when it’s mixed, there is not much you can do about it, you can only learn from it. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I just want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who streamed my first single, Scream and watched my music video. I am so grateful for your love and support. I could not do this without you. I hope you love everything that’s coming in the future, love you!