[Q&A] Hazlett Channels His Never Ending Thoughts into ‘Thundering Hopes’

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // August 21, 2020

Like most of us, Hazlett is very much an overthinker. Unlike most of us, Hazlett channels his never ending thoughts into his music, rather than driving himself to the point of insanity. As a collection of what lives in his energetic mind, Thundering Hopes is Hazlett’s fantastic new EP ready for your airwaves. 

On Thundering Hopes, Hazlett explained,

“It’s about those moments when you move on and feel normal again. The times when you live a little reckless. The way you bury certain feelings to protect yourself. Nights when you wonder if it’s okay to be selfish and mornings when you notice nothing’s a waste of time. It’s a collection of stories about fumbling your way to feeling good again and how living’s never perfect, but you can make it pretty.”

To celebrate the release of his new music, we recently chatted with Hazlett about confidence, bakeries, and of course, Thundering Hopes.

HH: How did you first get into music?

H: I actually snuck into a music festival when I was 14. I was in complete awe watching these bands and artists on stage and knew it was something I wanted to do.

HH: You’re all about finding beauty in the ordinary aspects of life. What are some simple pleasures of yours?

H: Me and my producer Freddy always talk about a moment in our early days of writing together. There was a bakery below us that would occasionally get rid of the day’s bread really cheap. We would get it for lunch and put it with some salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic. I always said as long as I have that I’ll be happy.

HH: Thundering Hopes has countless life lessons scattered throughout the EP. Was there a specific moment during the creative process that you realized how impactful this record would be? 

H: It wasn’t until the end. Might be a little selfish, but I wrote this EP for me. It was just me working through things in my head and trying to find myself. Each song was a change in my perspective or a step forward. And when it was all said and done that I realized I’d kind of found myself a little more.

HH: “Fireworks” immediately throws us into a frenzy of emotions, but it’s probably our favorite track on Thundering Hopes. Which song resonates with you the most? 

H: “Fireworks” is actually my favorite also. It was a breakthrough moment for me. It might sound sad singing about how you can’t make someone love you but for me it was actually a positive and relieving notion. It changed my perspective all together to not force things or live for the praise of others and it set the tone for the entire EP.

HH: How have you grown as a musician since your Honey, Where Is My Home EP?

H: Since then I think I’ve started coming to terms with the concept of confidence. You can have confidence and still be humble. Being confident doesn’t mean you’re cocky or arrogant and I think you have to a certain amount to be completely honest in your music. When people would ask what I do I used to just say I’m a writer to deflect or dilute it. Now that I’ve found myself a little I’m more proud to say I do this for a living, I’m a musician.

HH: How was it working with Freddy Alexander on Thundering Hopes?

H: He’s my best friend. So it’s a dream working with him on everything I do. We have a great yin and yang to each other and it helps create something different.

HH: If you could turn back time and write any hit song, which would it be? 

H: “At Last” by Etta James.

HH: What are your three hidden hits?

H: “I Miss You” by Nirob Islam
“Cherry Wine” by Zachary Knowles
“Just A Little” by Violet Days

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