If you’re someone who lives and breathes the airwaves, you’d probably be familiar with ‘Mine’, that one viral hit that catapulted American singer-songwriter Bazzi to mainstream stardom and birthed a swelling fanbase of loyal supporters (that includes famous names such as BTS and Camila Cabello). You may know him as the voice behind the breakout track, but how much do you really know about the ‘Mine’ hitmaker?
We caught up with the rising pop star via an email interview to find out some fun facts about him!
#1 One word to describe Bazzi?
“Passionate,” says the 20-year-old singer, who grew up learning how to play the guitar at the age of four in the suburbs of Michigan, before packing his bags for Los Angeles to pursue his music career on a whim – and he never looked back. Since finding viral fame with ‘Mine’, Bazzi has hardly been resting on his laurels, but we’re glad to hear that he’s been enjoying the ride. “It’s been a mixture of non-stop work and fun,” he shares. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
#2 His dream collaborator is J. Cole
Despite being relatively new to the music scene, Bazzi has already teamed up with plenty of notable artistes including Marshmello and Camila Cabello. So when asked about his dream collaboration, he didn’t hesitate to give this talented rapper a shoutout. “I would love to work with J. Cole,” he confesses. “His music is so inspiring and he really pushes the culture forward. He also produces his own music like how I do mine.” One thing’s certain though; it’s sure to be a hit.
#3 He’s written for your fav K-pop acts
Besides his own discography, what you might not know is that the versatile singer-songwriter has also penned a handful of bangers for artistes under SM Entertainment. Some of his recent works include ‘The Eve’ for EXO, ‘Move’ for SHINee’s Taemin and ‘We Go Up’ for NCT Dream. He shares, “I enjoy writing K-pop songs, but I write for whichever artiste I’m writing for at the time. When I write a Bazzi track, the intention is totally different.” Regardless, we love all of his tunes anyway!
#4 He just dropped a new bop in April
If his viral earworm ‘Mine’ isn’t enough to get you hooked on his music, his latest pop anthem ‘Paradise’ might just make you an instant Bazzi enthusiast. “I wanted to write a song that would make you feel nostalgic about a time that made you happy,” he explains about the inspiration behind the track. “Paradise doesn’t have to be a place; you can find paradise in a person, an experience, or a song.”
Well, it looks like we found our ‘Paradise’ in Bazzi!
#5 More Bazzi music is in the works
Bazzi has one busy year ahead! In just a couple of days, he’s set to perform his first ever show in Singapore. Apart from touring, the singer reveals that he’s also working hard on new music so fans certainly have much to look forward to.
We’ll leave you with this iconic Bazzi tweet.
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Special thanks to Hype Records for the interview opportunity!
PSA: Don’t miss Bazzi at his one-night-only concert in Singapore on 17 July at The Star Theatre! Tickets are available here.