Music Choice of the Month 2/24: Hazmat Live
Walter Howard, better known by his stage moniker “Hazmat Live,” is a composer, producer, and artist hailing from Detroit, MI. Hazmat’s unique approach and raw talent have garnered him critical acclaim from the Detroit and international Deep house and techno communities. In addition, Hazmat’s talk-boxing abilities have already become a YouTube sensation, earning more than 1,000,000 views along with positive reviews from fans all over the world. This led to talk-box features with UK artist the Brookes Brothers on their hit “Loveline.” After performing on Soul Clap’s song and music video “Synthesizer Girlfriend” in 2017, Hazmat performed with them at Movement Electronic Music Festival that same year after playing his own solo set.
(photo courtesy of Hazmat Live)
Hazmat has worked with notable artists such as Kenny Dixon, Scott Grooves (Overdubs), Soul Clap, and Delano Smith. Other artists include Bilal, Mr. Porter from D12, Mary J. Blige, and The Game to name a few. He has toured with Amp Fiddler, The Four Tops, The Temptations , Young Jeezy, The Spinners, and Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band. Additionally, Hazmat and his sound have been featured by the likes of such notable companies as Reverb and Apple for his unique sets.
Fans are raving over Hazmat’s recent vinyl releases on Papaya Records titled “Dance With Me/ 1983”, “Infinite Silence” with Third Ear Recordings”, and a reimagined version of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love”, released on Deep Sequence and Soul Clap Records as an all vinyl offering. His latest digital release, titled “Deeper Work”, is now available on Bandcamp.
By Jess McKenzie
Jess McKenzie is a brand identity designer from Detroit, MI. She is a self-proclaimed nerd that loves 80s movies and longs for Saturday morning cartoons to return. When she is not tied to her computer, she can be found taking random road trips and practicing landscape photography.