Home country: Ireland.
Chris Haze is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Galway, Ireland.
As well as being named a Hot For 2014 artist last year by the Irish music magazine Hot Press Magazine, he was also nominated by Hot Press to win the readers award for Most Promising Artist, up against artists like Hozier. And was again nominated in 2015.
He has played with some big names in the music industry, having toured around Ireland with the Irish group The Original Rudeboys in December 2013, and playing sold out gigs in The Olympia Theatre and The Academy Dublin. He has also supported international acts.
Chris made waves in 2015 with the release of a new EP Thoughts To Words last March, where his single Don’t Wanna Fall Asleep achieved major national and regional airplay in Ireland. Since then he has released another acclaimed single and EP called On The Road, which has also gained national exposure through amazing media and radio support.
Chris also played his first major Irish festival last summer, on the main stage of Indiependence Festival.
Most recently Chris Haze released the single Let Us Be Heroes, which has gained him airplay all over Ireland and has gone on to give him his first major UK radio station debut on Radio X.
“A tour is a major thing on my mind at the moment. If I had it my way, I would tour the world! But I will also be pushing a new release pretty soon too, which I don’t wanna give too much away about. I want to release a successful record then tour the world playing it to amazing fans!”
Who or what inspired you to take up the guitar?
When I was a kid my Dad was in a band, and was apparently very good on the guitar. I went to see him later and, before I left, he ended up teaching me how to play Wonderwall by Oasis on the guitar. Since then I always wanted, and had plans, to pick it up again.
When and why did you start making music?
I started making music when I was in a dark place in my life.
As soon as I picked up my first guitar, instead of learning my favourite songs or the songs everyone else was learning, I started putting riffs together and ended up writing my own music.
How did you earn your first money as a musician?
Playing my very first gig live and getting paid 20 Euro. It was the start of a long haul… lol!
Were you surprised it was so little?
I was surprised… it was amazing to be getting paid to sing songs I personally wrote myself!! It was when I realized I could make and play music for a living.
Live or studio, what suits you best?
I love live shows, it’s where all the energy and fun is at for an artist. But I also love the studio… when you come up with something that sounds great, that you’re excited to share with the world. That’s a nice feeling.
If I had to pick one it would be live all day
Your favorite part of a music production?
I love all aspect of music productions - I produce and compose most of my material as I’m a very hands on artist in the studio.
I like to be involved in the production to make sure the end result is something I will be happy to release.
The lowest moment of your career?
The low moments… the times when it seems like no doors are opening, no radio stations are playing the music. When there are so many things that need to get done but the budget simply isn’t there. I don’t like the low moments at all and I do everything in my power to prevent them.
As we all know, low points are inevitable in any career. But the great moments make it all worth it.
The highest moment of your career so far?
Getting to support one of my all time favourite rappers, Coolio, when I was just starting to do my first proper gigs. And getting to play to a sold out crowd in one of the biggest and nicest music venues in Ireland!
Where would you like to live, musically speaking?
Strictly opportunity speaking, I would love to live in the US – if it was ever an option for me.
Where would you like to play a gig?
In every country in the world, at least once… lol!!
Your idea of a perfect gig?
A screaming crowd of fans singing along to every song I play word for word.
And a disastrous one?
Being booked for a charity gig and upon arrival realizing that not even the family that organized it showed up to support the gig
Your favorite outfit for a gig?
Simple… Jeans, a T-shirt, Hightops or Vans.
Your favorite music instrument, besides yours?
It would have to be the drums for me. I can’t get enough of watching a talented drummer smashing it on stage.
Which works are you most proud of?
Honestly? It might sound cliché but I am proud of every work I have worked on or released, as they have all helped me learn to get where I am now. They have all done their own job.
What is the most important skill required – besides talent – to become a successful musician?
Persistence & dedication.
What keeps you up at night with regard to your music career?
Whether or not I will ever reach the level of success I’m aiming for and if all I have sacrificed has been worth it.
But when you get the opportunity of winning Artist Of The Month with you guys then it holds off the sleepless nights for a while
Describe your music
My music is a mix of a lot of different genres, I don’t really like sticking to just one. I write about everything that’s personal to me and that I see going on.
My music is very relatable to the masses. And I think that’s one of the most important parts of making music, having people that will relate to it after it’s been made and released.
The Artist Of The Month wins an AKG WMS 420 Wireless Microphone!
The WMS420 wireless microphone system provides a highly flexible as well as easy to use solution. The ultra high frequency system is set up within seconds and is equally suitable on stage as well as in locations where a single- or multi channel solution is needed.
The entire WMS420 wireless system consists of the SR420 stationary receiver, HT420 handheld transmitter and the PT420 pocket transmitter.