Experience molds and shapes the stories we tell. Having quite literally been born into music, Andrew Hagar’s earliest memories included birthdays on the tour bus and dad carrying him out on stage to the roar of the crowd. However, it would take a while for music to become his personal focal point—he had to live first. Teaming up with Trev Lukather behind the board as producer and co-writer, Hagar is working on his debut EP Limited Edition Psycho, set to be released later this year. Nodding to influences such as Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails, and Stone Temple Pilots as well as classic folk, the EP is infused with eloquent lyricism and paired with grunge-inflected grooves. In advance of the highly anticipated EP, Hagar is releasing a new single, “Leave It Alone” along with bonus track, “If Ya Wanna,” both incredibly personal and addresses various mental health topics.
Obsession. Paranoia. Conspiracy. A mind unraveled. These days, most people know someone who lost themself down the eponymous “rabbit hole.” Friends, lovers, even family members, no one is immune to the allure of forbidden knowledge. Since the early days of the pandemic, curious minded people were grasping for straws, looking for some kind of answer to the chaos they were subjected to on their screens. Many strayed too deep in their search for answers, and never really came back. “Leave It Alone” is about the dangers of misinformation, obsessing over the search for truth, and how you really can’t put the toothpaste back in the proverbial tube.
If “Leave It Alone” is about the darker side of mental health, the bonus track “If Ya Wanna” is about stopping the spiraling and reclaiming agency over your own mind. Most people have been through bouts of self doubt, punctuated with negative self talk, imposter syndrome, and depressive feelings of inadequacy. Hagar shares “This song pokes fun at the internal dialog of someone trying to change their own mind about themself. Greatly inspired by my own use of meditative mantras and affirmations to turn off the hyper critical self-analysis. “If Ya Wanna” was also heavily inspired by an Alan Watts quote that kept popping into my brain during the writing process, “the mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.” So I set out to master my mind before it mastered me, and anyone can do it if they just make a conscious decision to take control of their own thoughts.”