Bazzi Discusses ‘Heaven’ Single, Co-writing K-Pop Songs, and More – Billboard

Bazzi just dropped his sophomore album Infinite Dream, and the singer sat down with Billboard News’ Tetris Kelly to talk about the inspiration behind the dreamy lead single “Heaven.”

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The song uses a sample of the 1983 Fiction Factory track “(Feels Like) Heaven”, which Bazzi said he heard while in Hawaii. “I heard it for the first time and immediately sang, ‘Watching you move and dance.’ We just knew it. I had a feeling we had to do it,” she shared.

However, obtaining the clean sample was not so easy. “I’m pretty sure they had to hire a private investigator to find the guy, contact him and get his number,” Bazzi revealed with a laugh, noting that he wasn’t sure he was supposed to say that.

“It’s really cool,” Bazzi added of the positive reaction to the track. “I did ‘Heaven’ over two years ago. It’s always interesting with a song that I’ve heard hundreds of times with preparation, production, and completion, and then fresh ears hear it and I feel like I’m hearing it for the first time again.”

In addition to being a singer-songwriter for his own music projects, Bazzi has also co-written songs for K-pop artists such as NCT Dream’s “We Go Up” and EXO’s “Love Shot.” “Not many people know this, but Korea really saved my life, in a way,” he explained. “Up until that point, I hadn’t made a dollar on music and my dad drove Lyft so I could stay in LA and go to the studio. He took care of us and took care of the bills so I could pursue my dream. Something happened to my dad and he couldn’t drive anymore.”

He continued, “Four days later, I had the opportunity to go to South Korea and write at SM Entertainment. I put nine songs on that first trip and got a publishing deal, which allowed us, I would have had to move.”

Check out Billboard’s full interview with Bazzi above.

Source: www.billboard.com