Hazey Eyes

His soul comes alive on the dancefloor. Ascribed as “emotional dance music,” Hazey Eyes calls
upon the throbbing heartache of the early ‘00s alt-rock epoch while splicing it with shimmering
indie and electronica aesthetics. He pulls on those strings once again for his upcoming EP,
Scars, an effervescent elixir of gluey hip-hop and mood-based pop-art. Only 22 years old,
mastermind Thomas Michel has cultivated 63 million streams on Spotify alone, so, it’s no
surprise he’s landed touring gigs with Shallou and Petit Biscuit.
The new project is Michel at his most vulnerable. Opener “Scars,” featuring Yoke Lore, sees him
reveling in the past and its lasting imprint on his skin. “I will always fall hard” echoes one of his
most candid lyrics, paired with a glittering, erratic beat to calm his nerves. “Hungover You,”
alongside Moli, buzzes the fingertips but swerves more freely between somber lo-fi whispers
and the feverish club-rave we’ve come to bask in. The Dresage-featuring “Living Wild” washes
over the listener in cool drip-drops, while “Stuck in Ya Game” with Appleby explodes like confetti
on the eardrums.
What is most impressive is Michel’s fearlessness in the studio. He’s a craftsmen of the highest
order, and even as his life is on the edge of glory, he remains grounded and honest with
himself. The Scars EP reflects his continuing journey into the next stage of his life. “This EP is
about changes. Personally, I'm about to finish college and move to a new city for music which is
a wild concept that I'm still coming to terms with,” he says. “This project is about how I got here
and where I hope to go. I've learned to do only what actually makes me happy and not what
people expect of me.”
Roots firmly planted in the Philadelphia suburbs, Michel draws upon a vast musical heritage. His
father is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, clarinet, piano), who was once
rated among the top five players in the entire state, and Michel studied piano, violin and upright
bass at an early age. Michel later picked up guitar in middle school and began writing his first
songs, intimate confessions about his youth that served to lay a sturdy storytelling foundation.
He also played around with a looper pedal to flex his skills and a burgeoning soundscape. “I had
gotten one of those looper pedals and started writing loops to play over. I remember I would
only be able to store a certain amount of loops on the pedal, and each loop was a ‘song,’” he
says with a smirk.
Later, he turned to metal and punk music in high school and was notably struck by the music
and irresistible charm of Blink 182 and Taking Back Sunday, who inspired his onstage moniker
(a reference to a lyric from the band’s debut record). “I learned a lot about interacting with
different people on stage and got a lot of good experience performing. Playing shows feels very
normal after all the different venues my friends and I used to frequent when we played
together,” he remembers of his early days.
His mode of expression lies in employing organic instruments at the base and expanding the
sonic template with lush, glittering synths and beats. His evocative choices have permitted him
to perfectly encapsulate the vivacity of life -- but it wasn’t an easy conclusion. “I'm gonna give
people me and take pride in that,” he says, citing one of his biggest influences in Mura Masa. “I
was alway amazed how he effortlessly blended organic instruments into electronic music. I
wanted to have these beautiful verse sections that were driven by acoustic instruments and then
build into an emphatic chorus that is driven by the more electronic elements.”
Michel’s own Scars EP is very much indebted to his willingness to play and dance in the sun like
nobody’s watching. From the bodacious swagger of “Stuck in Ya Game” to the tattered, bruised
heart of “Emotion,” featuring Panama, the record pulsates with both melancholy and vervor. In
drawing upon his well of life experience, he manages to tug on the heartstrings while also
shoving the listener onto the dancefloor, blasts of neon light reflecting across an ocean of
bodies just basking in the moment.
“I've learned a lot about expectations and how I should handle them, and I've learned about
putting important things in life first. Things move by faster than I'd like, so I may as well spend it
doing things I enjoy,” says Michael. To say he’s reached a new apex of his craft is an
understatement. His third EP is a grand gesture of raw, unfiltered human emotion, and you’d be
hard pressed to find EDM with more potency

The sounds of the city come naturally for John Wolfe, better known as Huck. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY the longtime musician has always had a knack for reflecting the rhythms and pulses of the city that never sleeps. Having been a fixture in New York’s vibrant live music scene since 2011, he has recently gained exposure outside of his home borough with his debut single “Without You” placing on the Spotify Viral 50, gaining the band a new national presence and a wider audience to expand upon their sound. Bringing the gap between the dreamy textures bedroom pop and the songwriting caliber you are used to seeing at the top of the charts, Huck has a sound and a vision all his own. His self titled debut LP was released on December 21st, 2018.

Ndeh is a multi-instrumentalist producer/songwriter based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Raised in Maryland, Ndeh was born submerged by various musical influences.

His father, the son of Cameroonian pro – independence leader, Ndeh Ntumazah, spent most of his life playing Afro Psychedelic – Funk throughout Africa and London to pay for school as his father was in exile from the country. These roots are clearly evident in Ndeh’s approach to production and arrangement in a very modern way.

Additionally, growing up so close to D.C., the home of Go-go music, he was surrounded by many Go-go musicians, reinforcing his funk and soul influence as well as his seemingly natural inclination to live instrumentation.

Upon leaving High School, after selling beats online, Djing at local lounges in D.C., and playing with various local D.C. musicians for several years he moved to New York.

After releasing an LP independently on Bandcamp, ‘Birds’ (2017), traveling to London for an NTS DJ set with Young Turks, and facilitating various studio sessions in both London and NYC he now, at the age of 21, uses his arrangement, production, songwriting, and engineering skills to create music that engulfs the listener into the essence that is Ndeh. His hands on every element of his music, his world.

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