H3rizon – SERIOUS [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Our sound is versatile, harmonious, and ever-changing

Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the story behind it?

This is the second song we’ve ever written together! This was around 3 years ago when we were just starting out as H3rizon. We’ve come a long way from writing this song in Bernie’s cozy bedroom with a supply of endless snacks, to being glammed up and wearing boujee outfits for our music video.

Starting out, we wanted to add our own personal touch to the beat of SERIOUS. So we got our producer to take Gabby’s voice memo of a composition for her school assignment, process and manipulate it, and turn it into this vibrant, Y2k-esque beat. Then during the writing process, we wanted to create a cheeky, saucy take on dating life from the perspective of someone just wanting to have fun through it all. It was so fun bouncing off each other to create that chorus. And we had our own verses to write which ended up being the parts we sang solo, so each verse is unique to us! With this music video, we wanted to broaden the meaning of SERIOUS, and just remind everyone of the times we didn’t take life too seriously. Getting our music out there helps us remain positive during these times and we hope it provides a little piece of happiness to our fans too.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

The lyric we’re proud of in SERIOUS is “Why, why, why, why you gotta be that guy?”. We know it’s simple, but simplicity is key! It worked so well as a short and sweet pre-chorus that sums up the message of the song, and it happens during a part of the song that’s lush with harmonies.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

There’s so much talent and diversity within the Australian music scene who deserve the world stage! We want to include a whole bunch of amazing artists. We’ve got A.Girl, Cat & Calmell, Thando, Lara Andallo, Jessica Jade, and Rachel Maria Cox, just to name a few.

What would you change in the music industry?

(Trigger warning: Mentions of sexual assault, and abuse) There’s the inequality between artists of all genders within the music industry. There are women who are subjected to bullying, sexual assault, harrassment, and rape. There’s a lack of diversity and representation of artists and within the boardrooms. These are only some of the many issues to tackle within this industry!

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

Bernie reads her romcoms on Webtoon, Tay jumps on her FPS games on the PS5, and Gabby explores the art of cooking pasta!

When was the last time you danced?

Bernie: What do you mean? I’m dancing right now 🙂
Gabby: When Serious first came out, I danced my BUTT off in my bedroom. It was pretty bad but at least no one was watching me lol
Tay: The last time I danced was a few days ago when I received cookies from interstate after waiting so long from the covid delay and as soon as I took a bite my brain, heart and soul exploded with joy – I broke out into disco moves

Thank you!

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