It’s finally Friday! And what better way to get excited for the weekend ahead than with a dazzling new hit to vibe to. Chart-topping phenomenon Bazzi is here to help with this, as he drops his new single “Miss America”. A guaranteed summer anthem, the fun-spirited and upbeat track is accompanied by the release of an electrifying and colourful official music video, featuring stars such as Barbara Palvin and Dylan Sprouse.
While the release is certainly an ode to the light-hearted joys of summer, Bazzi’s music hasn’t always come from such an optimistic place. “Miss America” follows the release of his deeply personal and emotional “Will It Ever Feel The Same?”. With “Miss America” highlighting the importance of self-reflection, Bazzi explains, “I’d be lying if I said I wrote this song from some calculated approach and went into it knowing what I wanted it to mean lyrically, but looking back on it, something really beautiful happened. There’s an optimism in this song that encourages us to take the broken pieces of the things we once stood on and put them back together in a way that makes sense to us. I can’t wait to watch people enjoy this record and find all of their own personal meaning inside of it.”
We sat with Bazzi to reflect on his musical career so far and his newest releases. For the full interview and to stream the track head below…
Hey Bazzi! How are you? How has this past year been?
I’m good! I am very excited – I feel like a lot of this last year feels like pulling a bow back so I’m excited to finally let it go and share everything I’ve been working on.
The pandemic hit everyone in different ways, did it affect your creativity?
I don’t think it affected my creativity as much as it affected my mental health and feeling isolated and away from people. I feel like coming back into the world, it still feels a little unusual. It feels good to be going out again and seeing people and touching people because so much of what inspires my music is that.
And how did you first get into music, and what sparked your interest?
I have been into music ever since I can remember. At four years old, my dad got me an Oud which is an Arabic guitar and I loved it. I loved jamming on it and making noise and being obnoxious and loud. I don’t think much changed except they’re paying me for it now.
Now you’ve achieved various number ones, do you ever feel a pressure to be a certain way as a public figure?
I don’t. I think the only pressure I feel now is to continue elevating my sound and my art and loving it. And always being in love with it – it’s the only thing I care about.
And now you’ve just released “Will it Ever Feel the Same?”, what was the production process like?
“Will It Ever Feel The Same?” was different from most of my other records. Well, actually, all my other records. Because that one was not even really intended to be a song. It was more of therapy to go in the studio and to just talk and let all that emotion out over the track. That one was definitely unique.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope people take whatever away that they need to take away from it. I don’t want to ever really control or decide that and I think that’s a beautiful thing about art and song. I may intend one thing and then somebody else gets to reflect themselves from it completely differently and that’s the best part.
Who would you say inspires you?
I’m inspired by anyone who’s great. I’m inspired by Lebron James, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar and Steve Jobs. I’m inspired by anyone who saw a vision for themselves and executed it on a high level.
Is there an EP or album on the way, if so, what can we expect?
I think if you know me, you know that I’m always preparing something special. And something really special is on the way.
What is next for you? What are you most excited for?
What’s next is more music, more art, and more ways to see people in person. I’m most excited to tour and see my fans again.