Peter Hadar Interview by Tom Paul

Peter Hadar has developed into a great singer/songwriter and unique artist bringing a fresh sound from both a songwriting and production standpoint.

URB Magazine's lists him in their Next 100 Artists and Billboard Magazine's ‘Now Hear This' section gives him praise for his unique style and determination for greatness. He has garnered the respect of his peers with great quotes on his music and style from Eric Roberson, Raheem DeVaughn and Rahsaan Paterson.

Hailing from Newark, NJ with his father, a well-known gospel musician and his mother made it her business to surround him with positive

Peter Hadar has developed into a great singer/songwriter and unique artist bringing a fresh sound from both a songwriting and production standpoint.

URB Magazine's lists him in their Next 100 Artists and Billboard Magazine's ‘Now Hear This' section gives him praise for his unique style and determination for greatness. He has garnered the respect of his peers with great quotes on his music and style from Eric Roberson, Raheem DeVaughn and Rahsaan Paterson.

Hailing from Newark, NJ with his father, a well-known gospel musician and his mother made it her business to surround him with positive

His background in fashion has been a catalyst in proving his versatility, style and influence as an artist. His cool blend of Soul is comes from Peter's Electronica, Glam and Experimental influences.

Peter worked diligently for a full year on his debut album titled "Memories of the Heart" with producers Mike Genato(G:neous) http://www.myspace.com/gneus   drum the drum and bass duo Mathematics http://www.myspace.com/mathematicsnyc   and Montique Willis/DJ Polymath7 http://www.myspace.com/djpolymath7 , a Houston based producer, who mastered one of Peter's most revered tracks 'You Don't Love Me'. These musical minds created the unique sound that has sprung Peter's label name, Cool Weirdo Music.

Peter Hadar dropped his sophomore release on June 3rd entitled "Well Dressed For The Art Show"  with his first single "Painted" available through www.itunes.com

Please check out this link to read up more on Peter Hadar as well as listening to this cool new songs from his upcoming release.

TP: Can you tell us how you felt when being named by URB magazine as one of their Next 100 Artists? Must be overwhelming at first to be put up on such a pedestal as a new artist?

PH: It felt amazing to be considered amongst all the talented musicians who are also working hard to make a name for themselves.  I feel that URB is a well respected magazine, and I also respect their taste, so it was an honor.  I am not worried about being put on a pedestal so early in my career.  I'll just continue to do what I do and hopefully people will enjoy it.

TP:  Explain how you met with your current collaborators/producers?

PH: Well, I met Mike Genato, in a clothing store in a mall in Jersey, where we are both from. He was with a young lady, and I was shopping for my lady.  I recognized a pair of jeans he had on that were really hard to find.  I asked him if he got them from a particular store in NY that carried them, he said yes, and looked at me weird.  I said, "don't mind me; I'm just a fashion geek".  We started talking, he told me he was a producer, I explained that I was a singer/songwriter and the rest is history

I was visiting the church I grew up in, I hadn't been their in a while.  Montique and his brother were playing, and I noticed that he had his own style that was similar to how I imagined I would play if I were a musician.  I didn't say anything then, but I saw him on the train a couple of times, and we connected.  He went to the Philadelphia School of Arts, and we would record in the practice rooms, and that was where we created some of my first recordings.  Much of it was heavily influenced by D'Angelo's ‘Voodoo' and Bilal's first effort.  We started to research other types of music like rock, electro, jazz, etc and developed our own style.

TP: How did your ability to style friends with your shrewd sales background for top fashion brands help you become the artist you are today?

PH: It developed my ability to hustle, and never take No, for an answer.  I used that same determination for my music and developing my label, and movement.

TP: Do you have your own clothing line yet? Sounds like that would be a natural progression for you at this point?

PH: Wow, you're good.  I am working on that for the end of ‘08/'09.  But right now, we are focused on promoting some exclusive brands on my upcoming site, www.ThePeterHadarShow.com, that will launch within the next few weeks.

TP: Talk about your sophomore release ‘Well Dressed For The Art Show? Where did the inspiration for these songs come from?

PH: It came from loving fashion so much; each song is like a different outfit.  I don't dress the same way everyday.  I dress depending on how I feel, and every outfit/song is a piece of art, that I am presenting to you.  So, I am like the Curator at the Artshow.  It's infused with electro, soul, hip-hop; rock, that's what inspired this release.

TP:  Your first release in 2006 "Memories From The Heart" received nominations for numerous independent music awards and sold really well. What experiences did you take from your first release that made the second release an easier effort?

PH: None of it is ever easy, you just kind of have to do as you feel, and make some sense of it.  ‘Memories Of The Heart', was a sensible album.  I had people say you don't want to make an album, that is really not you... But I felt MOH was me, a little bit of this, a little bit of that.  I think every album will be that way. Even if it is a concept album, it will still have elements of all of my different inspirations.

TP: Can you elaborate on how the writing process starts with your collaborators/producers?

PH: My Producers send me tracks all thru the year and the ones I really like, I hold on and listen to them for a while.  I rarely write the whole song before I get in the studio.  I write the first verse and the hook before I go, and the second verse in the studio.  It drives my engineer crazy, but that's how I do.  We record it and pick from there, it's a process of elimination.

TP:Are you the only artist currently on your label Cool Weirdo Music?

PH: Yes, besides DJ Polymath 7 who is working on an Ambiant Record with some collabos.  That's pretty much it until further notice.

TP:  Talk about the influences that helped build Peter Hadar into the person/artist that you are today?

PH: Family, fashion, and my love for art

TP: Musically who has influenced you the most as a singer, songwriter, and producer?

PH: Miles Davis, first, even though he is not a singer.  Pharelle, Kanye, and Chris Martin.

TP:  Name the last 3 artists who's music you have purchased?

PH: Lil Wayne, Autolux, Bird and The Bee

TP: Your live performances have been applauded for your style and that your ability to go for it and let loose, do you feel when you are performing that you are always able to turn on the energy no matter what the setting is?

NO.  It's always better to feed off of the energy from the crowd.  You always have to do what you have to do, even if there is only one person.  But definitely, the show goes a lot better if you have some energy to feed off of.

TP: Tell us where the name Hadar came from and its meaning? It is a unique story.

PH: I stayed at my Uncle's house one summer who was a Hebrew Israelite, and everyone in the house had to have a Hebrew name.  He gave me the name Hadar because it means "to decorate", because I was such a big fashion head.  I was always going to the magazine stores to read the magazines like Homme Vogue and Arena mags, and would dress all of my cousins.  hadar means to decorate.

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