Happy Monday, readers!
Meet our newÂ Music MondayÂ artist this week, Ben Hazlewood.
Ben is an alternative dark pop act that is making a splash not only in music, but also in modeling. The rising Aussie star has shot with Nigel Barker for a fashion campaign, walked in the Malan Breton show during New York Fashion Week, and brushes shoulder withÂ Kendall JennerÂ andÂ Gigi HadidÂ when he sits front row at London Fashion Week. Pretty awesome, right?
“The fashion industry isÂ something a lot more recent for me,” Hazlewood tells us exclusively.Â I haveÂ always been very interested in styling and fashionÂ design, so it has been anÂ amazingÂ experience to take a step into a different area and I am really enjoying it.”
When Ben isn’t working on modeling, he is developing his craft for his first love — music.
“I have been involved in the music industryÂ professionally from the age of 10,” the singer and model says. “MyÂ parents are both performers, so it was a naturalÂ progression for me.”
Ben’s most recent track “Wanted” is out now and really showcases his “dark pop” sound. “Wanted is a song aboutÂ unrequited love and the powerfulÂ andÂ sometimes dark emotions that come with it,” Hazlewood says. “I wanted the song to be aÂ reflectionÂ of this.”
The music video for “Wanted”Â boasts haunting monochromatic visuals, so we had to ask him what was the motive behind it. “TheÂ video was also created with this in mind also, trying toÂ translateÂ the angst,Â frustration, sadness and rage to the viewer. IÂ wanted the visuals in the video to spark some of these emotions into who ever watches it.”
Ben is expected to drop a full-length album this fall and tour in the United States.
For more information onÂ Ben Hazlewood,Â visit his official website atÂ http://www.benhazlewood.com.
Photo byÂ David Bean Photography