‘We can all support each other and lift each other up’: Interlochen graduates collaborate on Michigan tour
Being a young artist can feel really competitive.
But Interlochen graduates Haiven Sellers and Breezy Love don’t buy into that philosophy.
“I think a lot of people at our age, they have a hard time realizing...someone else’s gain isn’t their loss,” explains Breezy Love, “We can all support each other and lift each other up. It’s not a competition, as much as it may feel like that.”
So Breezy and Haiven are teaming up for a summer tour of their debut albums.
“Breezy is such an amazing person to work with and she’s so motivated,” says Haiven. “I knew she would not only be a great person to work with but also a great person to be around.”
Haiven and Breezy met during their time in the songwriting program at Interlochen Arts Academy. They are also the first two students to get albums produced by Kyle Novy, the singer-songwriter instructor at ICA.
“Kyle is like this cool hippy man,” says Breezy, who drove up from Illinois to record her album with Kyle.
“Sometimes I’d wake up to him and his wife milking the goats...and I’d be like, ‘Ope! It’s time to start recording.’”
Most of the songs on their albums were written before the pandemic. But Breezy says her song, Think Too Much, took on a new meaning after being sent home in March of 2020.
“It was written, I think, almost a year to the day when I left my senior year... so a year before COVID. I think that song has helped me a lot with my anxiety post writing it, as a reminder: ‘Breezy, you’re going to be fine, but you just can’t overthink this.’”
Meanwhile, Haiven’s song, Cul-de-sac, was directly inspired by her time at home during lockdown.
“I wrote Cul-de-sac when I really felt like I was in the same place for a long time,” she says. “I’ve moved around a lot in my life, I’ve lived in like 10 different houses, so it was strange going from going everywhere all the time, to being nowhere.”
Haiven Seller’s album, Vivid is available for streaming now.
Breezy Love’s album, Have you Noticed? will be out on August 25th.