I want to date Lydia Jazmine, she turns me on- Fast Rising star Haze reveals
Sensational young and fresh rapper Haze is the boy of the moment. With his latest hit song Jowa Yiya and Dance toppling music charts in Uganda, the sky is the limit for him.
We talked to him
What drew you to the music industry?
I have always been passionate about music craft, art, fashion, dance, film, and media, since I was little kid, if I remember correctly my dad used to tell me that even before I could talk and walk properly, I was already dancing to the songs being played on radio and tv, shaking my body from left to right(lol)as he described it. So I have always had that firey rhythm in me, and that musical energy
Briefly tell us your music background? Was your family supportive in the first place?
Honestly, I come from a the lineage of Academias, from my mum and dad’s side, we don’t really have artists or entertainers in our family background.
I might actually be the first to pursue it on a professional level, though my family and relatives are gifted and intellectual people, they focus more on the business, Political and Institutional side, then the entertainment industry, though I have one a cousin that has also been following my footsteps and I wish him all the best.
And when it comes to them supporting me, well I had to show initiative, that my craft can actually creative opportunities for me in the financial aspect of things, but at first they did not really believe in my music.
Who are you inspired by?
I have been inspired by a lot of legendary artists, especially the thought-provoking artists like Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, lucky Dube the list goes on.
I have always been intrigued by how an artist can put out a hit song and still add some motivational, emotional, soulful, and uplifting messages in their lyrics, something I’m opting to master and do, as well in my current music career.
Who is Haze?
Well Haze is my stage(artist name)but my real names are Pierre Ntango. Haze has always been a nickname that was given to me by close friends, because I used to always mimmick American artists like Lil Wayne,50cent, Kanye west etc.
So when I was still in the high school my classmates would call me Young Haze, because I would always be in the back of the classroom freestyling, beatboxing, and forming ciphers with my fellow wanna-be rappers, I actually loved the art of rapping and MCeeing.
From back in my primary days, actually the first hip-hop song I crammed from beginning to end was Chamillionaire(Riding dirty) that came out in 2005 or 6, it was a very popular song due to his rapid(fast) wordplay, rhyme schemes, and also him mentioning PlayStation in his lyrics, which
I’m very sure every male kid loved and could relate, at that specific era of time.
So yeah I decided to drop the young, because I’m grown now, and stuck with Haze because the name has Sentimental value.
Please explain your creative process?
Well I have always been writing song lyrics from my primary days, but writing and recording music are two totally different things, I would stay that i mastered the art of writing, but I am still Mastering the craft of recording melodic music, because currently the music sound has shifted to melodies more than lyrical content, and I was always the type to note down some absorb and unique rhymes schemes, but even in hip-hop nowadays, it’s more of how you ride the beat than the message you are putting out, so in short, the African music industry has been taken over by Afro-pop and it’s quite interesting because an artist actually has to challenge him/herself every time they try to record something new, due to the fact that it is about feelings in the music now, more than lyrics.
So I try to make music from scratch, I no longer write song lyrics before listening to beat I’m going to use, I prefer to vibe in the moment of the beat building process in studio, and then think of soothing lyrics that flow with the current situation or sound the producer is creating.
With no doubt, your songs are receiving massive airplay, in your thinking, what contributed to this?
Well with no doubt i have to put God first, because in all my future endeavors, I have been praying for a breakthrough for a very long time, yes I have been an artist since, but professionally I started pursuing music last year around July during the Covid 19 Pandemic, it actually gave me a reason to take my craft seriously, because I did not want to be an unsung/unheard of talent, if u catch my drift?, I wanted my music to be appreciated by the masses, my friends and family knew I was super talented, but that wasn’t enough for me, I had to know if I was worthy to compete in this Globally music industry.
So I really pushed myself to the limit and locked in, tried to make as much music as possible now I am at the stage of promoting my songs, and I have been getting positive feedback to the point that, already one song of mine is being played on the radio and TV.So all praises go to the Most High.
What’s an average day like for you?
Well usually I start of my day with a powerful prayer, I have been known to be very spiritual, because I truly appreciate what God has done for me and my family.
Then I set out a routine for the day that I normally plan in advance so I have a proper weekly the structure that I follow, normally I make short and long term goals and tasks, that I always want to complete as successfully as I can.
But always at the back of my mind, I’m always thinking about music, I try and do intensive research about what is trending in the industry, what type of sound is selling more, and which uprising artists are coming up and why?? I try to connect the dots to understand the business side of music as well, in order for me to reach my ultimate goal!! And that is leaving a Musical legacy on this earth, in the most positive way ever.
I am also a huge fan of this healthy lifestyle, be it mental health, Spiritual and Physical.
As the saying goes, Health is Wealth.
So I try to treat my body as God’s temple, that’s why I quit every toxic habit that was hindering me from my goal, like drinking, smoking, and eating junk food. So you can call me a Sober Artist, because I know that there are very few of us around nowadays. (lol)
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Honestly, I would still be involved in the entertainment industry, either as a song or movie script writer, video or movie director, actor, comedian, model or audio producer.
Do you collaborate with others?
Yes I do, I actually like collaborating with artists, due to the fact that I don’t speak Luganda, so I try my best to find an artist who can add some Luganda verses in my music so it can at least be appreciated by the locals as well.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
Yes, the ones I normally emphasize are peace, love, positivity, and God.
I really want my music to be therapeutic for some people, as well as enjoyable for others.
What is that process?
The process is enjoyable because I get to learn a couple of words and new ideas I never think of implementing in my own lyrics and songs, plus I get offers from a lot of people who want to write for me music with Luganda content in it, and trust me I’m working on that as we speak.
It’s due to the fact that most people love my voice, they compliment me, saying that, it’s bold and unique. And that statement always brightens up my day.
How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
Well it has surely simplified our work of reaching and crossing borders, especially on the the marketing side of things, I am grateful for the internet because I have the access and resources to advertise my music on a global scale, with just a push/tap of a button.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yes I have, but that was a while ago, when I was still in high school, the talent shows I used to perform on, but now those butterflies I get when I’m about to perform are only reminders that I’m human and nothing can ever be perfect in life so I try to do it, to the best of my ability.
I also get a thrill and adrenaline rush when I’m about to perform; the feeling is very addictive to me!! I get goosebumps all over and tend to live in the moment. So fear is out of the question for me, because I love challenging myself.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? You’re least favorite?
My favorite part about it is that I’m doing what I love, so I always wake up, with that attitude and energy to better my craft, so even though sometimes frustration peeps in, I can always remind me that I am pursuing what I love, so I must do it with one heart and passionately, never in a half-baked format.
I usually try to channel my thoughts to productivity. Turning my negatives to positive progress
And without competition, it is not really fun anymore, like the saying goes in sports, you need that drive and push to always try to upgrade and be better than your peers. The same applies in music.
Which famous female musician would you wish to date?
Hahahahaha Lydia Jazmine all the way, I have had a huge crush on her from the moment I set my eyes on her, on TV, not only is she super talented, with such a beautiful voice but also very attractive, humble, and graceful. I just love everything about her.
What has been your greatest challenge in the Ug music industry?
Me not being able to speak or understand Luganda, but I’m working on that, I really want my fellow Ugandans and musicians to accept me for who I am, this might sound hypocritical and strange, but I was raised differently and from my understanding, I don’t think my parents wanting me to learn luganda or their mother tongues.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
I would simply say, have faith, believe in yourself before you think anybody else will have a positive mindset and don’t forget that not everybody will like your craft, which is understandable, but don’t let that destabilize, or derail you from your target.
Put God first before anything else, and always try working harder than the people you are competing with.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
Honestly the only big venue I have every performed, was at Hyve lounge this previous Easter Sunday, but I’m looking forward to conquering all the Big stages, lounges, concerts and venues in Uganda.
I’m still an upcoming artist and this covid period hasn’t really been our best Allie, especially when it comes to shows and whatnot.
What’s next for you?
Global domination (lol).My social media handles are Hazeuganda (instagram) Haze Uganda (Facebook) HAZE UGANDA(YouTube)