Ever Hazel - Let You Down

Ever Hazel – Let You Down

 

ARTIST NAME: Ever Hazel

 

SONG TITLE: Let You Down

 

ALBUM TITLE: Worlds Apart

 

RELEASE DATE: 21-02-2020

 

GENRE: Alt-Pop / Folktronica

 

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Reading-based Alt-pop Folktronica, led by producer and multi-instrumentalist Hazel Tratt.

 

“A modern Carol King. Such a strong writer with a real mix of classic and fresh sounds.”

  • Lyla Foy

 

“Hazel has a sweet voice infused with a thousand lingering nights. But it is her stunning ear for composition and melody that sets her apart from all the rest”

  • BBC Introducing Berkshire

 

 

“It’s as if she’s whispering her darkest secrets, fears and loves right into your ears with her songs. That’s what makes them exceptional.” 

  • Breaking More Waves

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Tell us how you build up the tune for this song. 

‘Let You Down’ was written for my now husband. It’s about feeling in awe of someone you love and the support and love they give you.

 

 

It’s a pre-apology forever treating them badly and a desperate self-hope and reminder to always treasure them and treat them accordingly so.

 

The melody and chords for this came second to the original thought/sentiment and then it all just kind of flowed out quite organically, lyrics and melody intertwined.

 

It’s a very emotional and natural way of writing which can work very well but also feels a little lazy. It doesn’t always work this way!

 

 

I recorded the piano and vocals first using Logic Pro and then began layering some subtle guitar ambience and lo-fi electronic beats.

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Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records. 

Ha! I have no idea – do you know? ; ) I’m just doing my thing and hoping people enjoy the music, but it seems increasingly difficult to reach new followers and potential new fans with the crazy influx of social media and algorithms etc.

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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music. 

I’m always blown away by people’s lovely comments and reactions on social media and at live shows, especially people I’ve never met before or someone I’ve not seen in years.

 

There’s something incredibly life-affirming and flattering about a stranger telling you that they love your music – that’s a big part of why I create and perform and it’s what keeps me carrying on through the self-doubt moments.

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Explain how to deal with fear on stage. 

Strangely I seem to get more nervous performing to a smaller audience than a larger one. The more attentive and the more an audience look like they’re enjoying it and want to be there the more I can feed from that and put the adrenaline to good use.

 

 

I’ve found the best thing for me to do if I’m feeling particularly fearful is to focus on the music and really feel the song. Enjoy it and not think too deeply, almost pretending there’s no one else there and I’m just playing in my bedroom.

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Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed. 

I think there are equal numbers of pros and cons to this point.

 

 

Modern-day technology has made quality music production accessible to a huge range of young producers which I think is brilliant.

 

With today’s high-quality production there is a tendency to iron out every flaw, every little accidental note or weird noise in a song because it’s so easy to do so. You end up with a flawless sounding, ‘perfect’ track but I do think that a lot of the magic held within older recordings is often to do with those little accidents or supposed flaws we’re so quick to get rid of these days. : )

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Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant. 

I was asked to be a judge on a BBC TV talent show a couple of years ago. That was fun!

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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself. 

My songwriting for sure. And then the combination of performing those songs live. My songs are a gaping open window into who I am.

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Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics, and religion. 

Yes. I think music is a fantastic medium for this, along with comedy. I do think it helps to open people’s eyes to what’s going on and brings these issues slightly closer to home/easier to understand and relate to, thus hopefully nudging towards change for better.

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Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever. 

I have just released an album across online, digital streaming platforms, which is hopefully exactly this… : )

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List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons. 

Carole King is a huge songwriting legend in my books. So versatile stylistically which I love and aspire to.

 

I don’t like how every artist must fit neatly into their own little box these days; genre-wise.

 

One day I might feel like writing a Motown style song and the next day a minimal, loft electronic one, you know?

 

Prince is another one of these ever-changing songwriting legends!

 

Also, my sister Gina Tratt. She’s so incredibly talented musically + artistically and yet so modest and kind.

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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating. 

There is just no need. I think most of the discrimination around the world is based on ignorance and fear. If we could just relate to one another on a human, one to one level I think the world would be a kinder place.

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Tell us your favourite books and state your reason. 

The first book I read which really stuck with me was ‘The Wasp Factory’ by Ian Banks. Very dramatic.

 

I’ve recently read ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood which I loved. It’s slightly scarily close to the right-leaning tendencies of the world today. Fingers crossed we don’t end up there!

 

Also, there’s a brilliant Bob Dylan biography – ‘Dylan on Dylan’ – because…well, Dylan!

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Tell us what triggers your creativity. 

It’s most often an emotional response to something, usually sadness or anger/frustration.

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Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition. 

I’ll usually just sit down over my keyboard and start playing around with ideas and sounds until something feels right or sits well with a lyric…

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Tell us your greatest song and state the reason. 

Wow. I have no idea. I’d like to hear what others think about my songs. They’re all so personal to me that it can be difficult to hear them objectively.

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Tell us how you compose your song. 

I usually start with an idea or sentiment or a few words strung together, then I’ll sit down at the piano and play about with chord sequences until it feels right. Then I’ll work on lyrics and melody to fit the chords and start layering up sounds in Logic Pro.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album. 

Well, my name is Hazel, hence Ever Hazel…like…I will be forever Hazel haha!

 

 

‘Worlds Apart’ is one of the song titles from the album. I picked it as the album title because it holds a few meanings – on a very personal level it’s a bit about feeling distant within relationships, especially during an intense creative process of writing and recording an album!

 

Also, there’s another song on the album called VR which touches on space travel and finding a ‘Planet B’ to escape to if Earth becomes uninhabitable. (A nudge to the current climate crisis we’re facing!)

 

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