England-born Kiwi artist Emie has been writing music since she was 11, refining her sound towards the 2022 release of first single Serendipity. Gaining traction from performing covers of songs on Youtube, she’s now on a songwriting journey highlighting the change from adolescence to adulthood. NZ On Air Music added her debut single to the NewTracks compilation this March.
My name is Emily Hazell. I am originally from England. I moved to NZ when I was 11, and became a citizen here in 2018! I sing, play the guitar and a little bit of piano too!
I’ve always loved music, especially at school. High school was where I really started writing songs and becoming confident with performing. My high school music teacher was such a blessing!
I started making covers on YouTube back in 2012, and one of my videos got a million views. It felt so unreal that a cover I made of a Taylor Swift song in my bathroom was watched so many times!
I loved making covers, but my passion was songwriting. I wanted to distance myself from the girl who made youtube videos, so I decided to use a nickname instead of my full name.
I spent years on social media using my first name, making Youtube videos, and I felt it was time to change my name. To me, it’s the start of a new chapter!
I wrote my first song when I was 11 years old, which is crazy! I have so many notebooks filled with songs of love and heartbreak from throughout my teenage years. Looking back, those songs were so literal, just capturing the emotions I was feeling, but they also highlighted the artists I was listening to at the time. Now I’m so much more confident in who I am that I’m not looking to see what other songwriters are doing, and just trusting my own instincts with where I feel the song is going.
I think one of the biggest highlights for me, in terms of music, was having the radio station in my hometown in England play one of my old original acoustic songs. This was years ago, long before Serendipity, back when I would make acoustic songs with my guitar. I remember my grandparents calling me up, telling me how proud they were. That is something I’ll never forget.
To me, Serendipity signifies change, growing up, the ups and downs of life. It felt like the perfect single for me to release as my debut because It highlights that change from adolescence to adulthood.
I started working on Serendipity all the way back in 2017. I was going through grief. My grandfather passed away and I needed a way to heal all the emotions you go through when you lose a loved one. I wasn’t ready to deal with all of those emotions yet, so I just started writing, and Serendipity is what I came up with.
I love the opening line, “Finding myself, loving myself, losing myself,” and then in the second verse, it re-arranges to “Losing myself, loving myself, finding myself.” To me, that is growing up. When I started writing Serendipity I’d just turned 21, and I thought I had everything figured out. It wasn’t until I actually revisited the song at the beginning of this year that I realised just how little I had figured out, haha.
Just me and my partner! I was feeling a bit low, and he was trying to cheer me up one night, and we started making Serendipity in my dad’s garage studio in England. I couldn’t think of the word I wanted to use for the chorus, and so we sat there for a little while just listening, and he quietly said, ‘serendipity’. I knew straight away that was it, that was perfect, and the rest of the song quickly followed. I love working alongside him. He’s such an amazing musician, and he really made Serendipity everything that it is!
Life isn’t linear, you go through good times and bad times, but there is always a way to get through the hard times. It may take a while, and you may not even realise how far you’ve come until you look back!
I have absolutely no idea, haha. I just go off what I like and what I think is good! This is my first single, so I’ve not got many answers, but hopefully, I will continue to learn as I keep creating!
My producer Leo and that’s about it! I reached out to Edy, and he mixed and mastered the song for me. It was great to work with him! Other than that, it’s just me!
I am working on more singles that will be dropping throughout the year!
I’ve never actually applied for funding before because I struggled to meet the criteria as a new artist. I am looking forward to the future, where I can hopefully apply!