Interview: "HBD!" - Zachary Booth
Congratulations on the release of "HBD!" Can you talk about the inspiration behind the song?
Zachary: We’ve all had relationships that eventually grow apart, but when the “Happy Birthday” texts stop after twelve years, it’s pretty jarring! I wrote this track after that moment happened and I was feeling the complexity of what that means for a friendship.
What advice would you give to listeners who can relate to the feeling of losing touch with someone they were once close to?
Zachary: 1. Write a revenge song so you at least get something creative out of it. 2. Be happy thinking that you both served your purpose in each other’s lives for that time. Maybe it will never be the same, but that doesn’t mean the relationship is over!
How does songwriting and music help you to process difficult circumstances in life?
Zachary: Songwriting is a crucial part of my healing process. My songs are like time capsules for me: Everything I write about is currently happening. So really, it feels like the best way to express my raw emotions and then let it go. The best part is when a song is released and I get feedback from listeners that can relate. It helps me just as much as it helps them.
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
Zachary: I’ve been inspired vocally, lyrically, and musically by many artists since I was young. Rex Orange County, Tori Kelly, Daniel Caesar, and Billie Ellish are a few of them.
What kind of impact do you want to make on the world with your music?
Zachary: My mission as a musician is to change how society is equipped to handle mental health crises. After being diagnosed with PTSD in 2020, my focus has surely changed. I want to share the message that healing is the most important journey.
This song is featured on your upcoming EP! What can listeners expect from this project?
Zachary: My upcoming EP, which is coming later this summer, is different than anything I’ve ever released. There are many different genre influences that will keep listeners intrigued. HBD! sets the tone for the new direction that I’m going in - an upbeat, summer vibe. Hoping you find your “song of the summer” with these songs.
Interviewed By Tessa Brainard
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