Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.
Next in the hot seat is Melbourne, AU-based indie pop-rock singer Ben Hazlewood. We have not had the privilege of featuring Ben here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with him, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
I am originally from New Zealand but am currently living in Australia. I grew up around music and performing my Dad was a singer in a band and my mum was a dance teacher. My music is a cathartic situation. It anthemic with a lot of power and angst.
As an artist, how do you define success?
My success is demonstrated through songwriting; there is no match to the feeling of when I have really created something that I am excited about. Popularity will come and go but my passion for singing and writing will always remain the same.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Being a creative spirit when I have created something I am pumped about I really want to release it straight away. Learning patience has been one of the hardest challenges to overcome. There really is no other industry like this; there are no rules or paths to follow so it’s hard sometimes to know if your going in the right direction.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Probably “Wanted” I love performing this tune live. It hits all the right vibes for me.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
People who live their lives with truth and determination.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Experiences that I gain from living. Family, friends, Travel, Love, Anger. They all align in a way some good, some bad; that keeps me wanting to express them through music.