Tuesday, August 7

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$6.00 - $11.00

This event is 16 and over

  • 9:15 - Hariz

HARIZ is a pop phenom made for these times: a singer, songwriter, and musician making emotive pop that digs deep to express feelings that are universal but not always easy to express. 21-year-old Justin Hariz grew up in Los Angeles and started taking piano lessons at the age of 4.
At the age of 12, HARIZ started writing his own songs: "I just picked up the pen and paper and started writing. There are things I felt I needed to say" he explains. HARIZ is currently attending CalArts, and his band is comprised of some fellow students. "They're really talented and we click together really well," he enthuses about his band members. "It's awesome to come together with friends, and just play good music."
In 2016, HARIZ won ASCAP's Harold Adamson Lyric Award for his debut single, "OVRBRD". "My friend and his girlfriend were in a relationship that was really toxic for a long time," he explains regarding the song's influence. "They tried everything to make it work, but it just wasn’t right anymore. This song is about being the one to end a relationship even if you don’t want to. It's for the benefit for both people but somebody has to step up and put an end to it. Basically, it hurts me too, but I have to let go."
His follow-up single, "Does It Hurt" is a brooding big-sounding ballad with pounding drums and a relatable, lovesick message. "When you care for someone and they don't know, it has this emotional pain that’s even physical," he explains. "Like damn, if only you knew.' You look at someone, and you're like, 'It hurts how much I love you.' It's the idea of being so close, but not close enough."
Next up: HARIZ’s forthcoming single "Think of Me," a stellar song co-written and co-produced by Ari Leff, and co-produced by Griffin. The song draws from HARIZ's own personal life: "I dated this girl, and I had no idea the entire time that she had a boyfriend. So a couple weeks after I left, I had two constant thoughts in my mind—I hope you're still thinking of me and you see what you’re missing, but I also hope you're still thinking of me because I'm thinking of you."
When asked how he wants to be perceived as an artist, HARIZ explained "I want to be a person who says things that people feel but can't say". Indeed, one listen of HARIZ's sky-scraping pop songs might have you doing some soul-searching yourself.
Venue Information:
The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035