Multitalented MICHAEL HAZE Shares LOVE ACTUALLY From New Mixtape

"There wasn’t really any inspiration for the song. I just kept creating and reimagining the track as we worked on it; it was pure improvisation at times. I doubt that ‘uplifting’ is a word the average Michael Haze listener would use to describe my music"
21 October 2021

By Vee D

Canada hasn’t been short of R&B and hip-hop talent in recent years, and Michael Haze is another artist worth getting to get to know. The Montreal singer, who is currently based in LA, has just released his new mixtape, Venus, which was preceded by first single Love Actually alongside fellow Canadian Nate Husser.

The track was written by Michael Haze and co-produced alongside Michael Ferranti and Funkywhat. With its addictive melodies and Michael Haze’s smooth and versatile vocals, Love Actually is a track that demands to be replayed. Challenging himself to compose the music exclusively out of samples, it also shows Michael’s bold production style and highlights him as an all-around triple threat – singer, songwriter and producer – not to mention that he also self-directed the track’s accompanying music video.

Speaking more on the new release, Michael said, “With everything I do, I never want to be unidirectional. Love Actually, to me, is that coming to fruition. I wrote the entirety of the verse and hook in about 20 minutes. I didn’t want to give much thought to deeper, underlying meaning or themes – all of which is a bit uncharacteristic of me. From start to finish, the entire track is about the feeling, and I wanted people to feel uplifted.”

“There wasn’t really any inspiration for the song. I just kept creating and reimagining the track as we worked on it; it was pure improvisation at times. I doubt that ‘uplifting’ is a word the average Michael Haze listener would use to describe my music, so Love Actually is an important track to me. For the video, I hoped to catch that same ethos – from the dancefloor scenes to the garden backyard. To the viewer, it’s meant to feel as if they could be in the video themselves, and that’s uplifting in its own right. I think we told a happy story.”

Love Actually and the rest of Venus are out now on all platforms: makeitrain.ffm.to/venus.

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