Häzel (born Yannick Beaucaine in 1983) is a multi faceted music producer, best known for his hip hop or soul projects. His father’s blood originates from a native Brazilian tribe called the Carajas, while his mother comes from a peaceful region in France.
Coming from a culturally diverse and deeply rooted music family, becoming a music producer with varied taste was an inevitable path for Häzel. His father was a well known radio host in Brasilia back in the 80′s, the city where Häzel discovered his love for music. Being surrounded by his dad’s massive vinyl collection enabled Häzel to appreciate the classics, but it wasn’t until he first listened to the late James “Dilla” Yancey’s work that he knew his musical destiny was set.
Häzel spent countless hours practicing with his friend’s gear trying to perfect this J dilla sound. He saved enough money to finally buy his own MPC 3000 only to have it stolen shortly after. Discouraged, but not broken, this minor setback forced Häzel to use his time to experiment some computer-based set up, which he found more convenient to work with.
The loss of his MPC, along with his discovery of computer assisted production could well be the best two things that ever happened to him. Through the wonders of social networking, Häzel started to build relationships with Drake, Onra, Slakah the Beatchild, Ebrahim and Ayah to name a few, who are all now part of Häzel’s extensive discography. After so many collaborations, it’s all natural to see him release his very own solo project called “Playground” in the spring of 2011.
- Häzel – Playground (Catblock Records 2011)
- Häzel – The Lost Tapes (ADAR 2011)
- « Soulection Compilation » (Soulection 2011)
- Eyo – All About Timing (S.A.D Music 2010)
- Slakah the Beatchild – Soul Movement Vol.1 (BBE 2009)
- Onra – 1.0.8 (Favorite 2009)
- Ayah – 4:15 (Ayahmusic 2009)
- Drake – Comeback Season (ATF 2008)