Bazzi Talks Label Hires Private Detective For ‘Heaven’ Sample, Co-Writing K-Pop Songs And More

Bazzi is fresh off the release of his second album Infinite dreamand the songstress sat down with Billboard News’ Tetris Kelly to talk about the inspiration behind the appropriately dreamy lead single “Heaven.”

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

However, it was not so easy to get the test cleared. “I’m pretty sure they had to hire a private investigator to find the guy, to reach out to him and get his number,” Bazzi revealed with a laugh, noting that he wasn’t sure he had to say that.

“It’s really cool,” Bazzi added of the positive reaction to the track. “I made ‘Heaven’ over two years ago. It’s always interesting with a song that I’ve listened to hundreds of times in preparation and producing and finishing it – and then fresh ears hear it and I get the feeling of me listening to it for the first time again.”

In addition to being a singer and songwriter for his own musical projects, Bazzi has also helped write songs for K-pop artists like “We Go Up” by NCT dream and EXOs “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 in music and my dad actually 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. There something happened to my father and he couldn’t drive anymore.”

He continued, “Four days later, I got the opportunity to go to South Korea and write at SM Entertainment. I placed nine songs on the first tour and got a publishing deal, which made it possible for us—I would have had to move. “

Watch Billboard‘s full interview with Bazzi above.


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