Artist Name: Hedy Blaazer
Release Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Alt. Folk.
Band Members: Hedy Blaazer – Guitar/Vocals | Marcella Tonini – Violin | Jo Pall – Banjo | Renee Cobcroft – Drums
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Single “Lying Flat“
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About the Artist
What would you say are the key ideas behind your approach to music and art?
I want to write music that makes people think. I often get the feedback that my lyrics are too sad but honestly I don’t want to write something for people to listen to to pass the time, I think that music should make you stop and think and even sometimes make you uncomfortable.
Could you describe what part of the creative process is particularly dear to you?
My favourite part of the creative process is when I first write a song. Songs come very quickly to me, often while I am in the middle of a mundane task like doing laundry or driving. Suddenly I’ll have a melody or a lyric going around in my head and it’s a big rush to get to my guitar and let it out. Usually the bones of the song will come out really quick but then I’ll play the song over and over again and flesh it out for a few hours. It’s the most satisfying and exciting feeling but it’s also quite inconvenient as if I miss the opportunity to grab a guitar when the song comes to me, I know I’ll never write it.
Listening can be both a solitary and a communal activity. Likewise, creating music can be private or collaborative. Do you have a preference?
Writing the lyrics and chords is always something I do privately. I don’t like anyone to be able to hear me while I’m initially writing a song as I often put really bad lyrics in or it’s way too personal to begin with. Having said that, I never feel a song is truly complete until I have played it with my band and worked out all the parts and arrangement. I think collaboration is essential to the finished product because it’s important to ensure what you’ve written resonates with others. Sometimes I’ll write something that I think is great, but if I play it with others and can tell they are not inspired, I’ll scrap it immediately.
How did you go about choosing your recording/mixing/mastering engineer? Any advice for anyone else currently going through the process?
I think for me, the most important thing with a recording/ mixing and mastering engineer is to find someone you feel comfortable with and can give honest feedback to. Creating a recording can be quite an intimidating and high-pressure environment (especially when you’re on a tight budget and working with limited time!) so for me, feeling comfortable is essential. I also think that it’s important to find people who work well together, so I always ask for suggestions from the mix engineer about who they think should master the track.
Where can we check for upcoming gigs?