Hermez

#IMMusicMondays: Hermez on His Lessons from Music and Life (Interview)

Hermez is a Nigerian-American singer/songwriter. His music is a mix of R&B and Afro-fusion, which is recognised as Afro-soul. His unique sound and smooth melodies are what created magic for songs such as ‘Garden Spirits‘, ‘Waves‘, and his latest ‘I Want U‘.

A few months ago, we chatted with this rising star about how the music industry inspired his self-confidence, the power of music, and how to reach goals independently.

Hermez

Hermez, could you please introduce who you are and what you do?

How are you guys doing. I go by the name of Hermez. I’m an afro-soul artist. I am Nigerian-American; I am based in Houston; raised in Nigeria; and I make music. I’m a creative. But, yeah, my main focus is I make music. I make beautiful music for you guys, for your eyes.

Amazing! Okay, so before we get into anything, what is Angel Energy?

So, we all believe in, I mean not all, but most of us believe in angels. And so Angel Energy is literally a concept I made whilst I was still working on my latest album which is called ‘Oasis‘. Angel Energy is just really, when you think about an angel or when you think about guidance or a sign from someone or something. (It’s) that energy that is harnessed or you know, you feel intuition, a gut feeling.

That’s (what) Angel Energy is. A presence of an angel guiding you, giving you a message, making you feel good. The situation varies; it could be intimate, platonic, it could be missing a purpose (or) space, it could be serious, it could be laughter. But, that’s what angel energy means to me.

How would you say music influences your life?

Music influences my whole day, my whole life, my mood. When I wake up I listen to music; when I run I listen to music; when I’m in the shower I listen to music; just walking I have headphones (on). Probably after this interview, I’m probably gonna play some music.

It’s just the fulfillment of how I get through life, you know as without music a lot of things would not make sense to me. It influences my life in a huge way, like the way I dress. (In) certain movies I watch, the soundtracks behind them are important too. Music is just one of the highest influences in my life.

Who would you say you’re inspired by?

I am inspired by Pharrell Williams, Wizkid, Sade Odu, and Drake. I would say that’s my pillar right there; what you call it; I’m forgetting it’s in Los Angeles, Hollywood, where you have those hands and whatever. That’s my top 4.

How does it feel to have your debut album ‘Oasis‘, coming close to having 1 million streams?

It’s important as an indie artist and not getting that full backing, that I acknowledge that. We should be at 1 million right now; I have to check. From the project I released last October (in the) fourth quarter of 2022, for us being in the second quarter of 2023 and it’s already reached a million streams, that makes me so motivated and inspired to continue to make more beautiful music and it just gives me more trust.

I trust myself; I trust my team; I trust the producers I work with and it just gives me the feeling I know what I’m doing. If a million people can listen to this then let’s keep it going, let’s see how far we can really take it.

What is one thing you have learnt or are learning on your music journey?

I’m learning to not take things too seriously all the time. Also, be open to the connection because we are just a vessel to the source. The source is bringing these melodies; bringing these ideas; bringing these vocals; bringing these lyrics. Situations in your life may inspire and influence it, but, you have to be open to receiving from the source so you can connect to the audience because we are a human race at the end of the day. We are all connected.

So that’s why people can listen to music and not understand the language because it doesn’t matter; it’s a feeling and it’s a connection we all have. We hit that emotion no matter what they’re saying, so I feel like I just gotta continue to be open to receiving and not overthink it; not take things too seriously.

The only thing I feel you should take seriously is practicing your work ethic. When it comes to the numbers, when it comes to the placements, when it comes to that, those are not really up to you; that’s going to happen if it happens. You just work on the craft.

As an artist, do you feel the music industry has had a positive impact on your career?

That’s a good question. I don’t really f**k with the industry at all, but I’m a part of it. With music and with any product they have to place you somewhere and make it make sense for others, but, personally, I don’t know if it has the most positive impact. In the grand scheme, I guess it did because it made
me create my own windows, my own doors. It made me honestly look within myself more, than looking for the approval of the industry.

So, that was the industry’s impact I guess, and not all of us will have the same stories. In any part of the industry from the vocalist to the engineer to the interviewer; how you even get to be in a company like this; the stories that would be told (about) how you would try and work for this, work for that. In the industry, you’re going to get shut down a lot. I feel like a positive impact from the industry is it helps me to go inward and figure out how I can make this possible myself. That’s how the industry positively impacted me; by not being in the industry and helping me find my own way.

How did your single ‘Militant‘ come about?

Militant‘ came about (when) I had this feeling that I’ve been wanting to express for like a long time. The song is just a song, but for me, it’s more of a feeling than a song. ‘Militant‘ came about with me and a producer called UFOMADU CHIBUEZE CHRIS. He sent me over a beat and I rearranged it a little bit and I literally made the song in like 2-5 minutes.

The ones that I liked a lot I do happen to make faster and then I sat on it. I made the song in my bedroom and I did a voice memo of the song straight, then I left it and I literally was listening to the voice memo like it was an actual song on Apple Music a lot. So, I was like, ‘I need to actually record this,’, and when I recorded it, man it was just a wave. It was just everything I wanted it to be and I’ve always wanted to make it feel like this.

I have a lot of different tracks that are special to people but this track is personal for me. This feeling is my 2023 feeling. (In) the first line I say “moving Militant,”; everything else is mostly directed to a past lover but (with) the first line, I just want people to understand that if you want to go after something you have to learn to cut out distractions and move with a military mindset at times.

What should we expect from you for the rest of 2023?

I have a single coming out on August 18th called ‘VROOM‘ featuring Geoxpress, an amazing artist from Nigeria. That’s a banger and I have a slowed-down version for ‘Militant‘ that people were really digging as I was teasing it on my Instagram.

I have a few shows in London coming out; I have a show in Beverley Hills, LA in August. The Angel Energy candles are here for you guys to purchase, upgrade your energy, feel peaceful, and for your mind to be cleared. That’s what we are on right now. We are on a good positive vibe, feeling connected to our higher self, and trying our best to be the best version of ourselves.

If you had one wish for anything, what would it be?

I would wish that me and all my family members; anyone that I’m close to will be healthy and abundant till we pass over to the next life.

Hermez

If you could perform at any music festival where would you perform and why?

I have always wanted to do Coachella, and I think I could kill it. The catalogue is deep; you know, deep cuts, new cuts, bring out friends, fly people from Nigeria, from London, all of California for this one festival. I mean 02 would be another one though. I know it’s a huge stadium; Coachella is a festival.
02 is my second one, I want to sell out the O2 one day.

What legacy would you want to leave behind?

That’s a beautiful question; that’s a very important question. The legacy I want to leave behind is for everyone to be an individual and everyone to believe in themselves, for people to treat others with kindness and respect, and go after what they believe in; work hard, fight for your ideas, fight for your dreams; it’s all worth it.

The legacy I want to leave behind is to empower the minorities. (Whatever) the background, whatever the case, to know that they can have wealth and that everything is temporary. Situations are very temporary, and you will get a better result.

Hermez is on Instagram, X, and TikTok. Also, you can stream his music below and read more of our interviews here.

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