Premiere: Breach the Comfort Zone in Mozes and the Firstborn’s “Hello”

Dynamic, vivacious, and driving, Mozes and the Firstborn’s “Hello” is an emphatic endorsement of stepping outside our comfort zones and asserting ourselves.

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We grow and develop by challenging ourselves: By taking risks that make us prone to failure, but also to success and achievement. It’s easy to get by in the good times. It’s in the rocky moments that we finds ourselves vulnerable and in the spotlight, pushed to our limits and forced to discover who we really are – even if that means stumbling a few times before we regain balance. Dynamic, vivacious, and driving, Mozes and the Firstborn’s “Hello” is an emphatic endorsement of stepping outside our comfort zones and asserting ourselves.

Hello - Mozes and the Firstborn

Hello – Mozes and the Firstborn

Rosie rose to power
As her mommy left the door
Now she’s out picking the flowers
She was frightened of before
Rosie took a shower
Saw the past go down the drain
Scrubbed off all those lonely hours
Felt the foam go down with shame

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “Hello,” Mozes and the Firstborn’s infectious third single of 2018. Hailing from The Netherlands, Mozes and the Firstborn are the kind of band that’s never done evolving or growing: The band have, at various times over their four-year span, sounded like The Beatles and The Beach Boys, Oasis and Blur, R.E.M., and more. Consisting of frontman Melle Dielesen, Raven Aartsen, Corto Blommaert, and Ernst-Jan van Doorn, the pop/rock four-piece have a sixth sense for what feels right musically, whether it’s rocking out to overdriven guitar riffs or honing in on buoyant, harmony-laced melodies.

“Hello” is all about stepping out of our comfort zone and overcoming fears and other obstacles in our lives. Filmed by Mart Beek, the song’s music video is the quintessence of going the distance, a single-shot film of Melle Dielesen running in a marathon while singing – and, at times, smoking a cigarette.

Now Rosalie chose to be
She went out into the world
to say hello… Hello, hello

“I wrote ‘Hello’ for my little sister to tell her she needs to get out of her comfort zone a little more,” Dielesen tells Atwood Magazine. “A couple of weeks ago I realized I ought to practice what I preach. Recording a video during a marathon while smoking a cigarette seemed like a good start. I’m growing. The band is growing: Doing things that seem scary and irrational in your head make sense if you actually put them to practice. Every day we should try something we’ve never tried before. Go out into the world and say Hello. It’ll probably turn out all right. And if it doesn’t? Hey, you’ll have a good story to tell.”

Doing things that seem scary and irrational in your head make sense if you actually put them to practice.

Mozes and the Firstborn © Nick Helderman

Mozes and the Firstborn © Nick Helderman

Now she is a woman
And it’s wonderful to see
Any moment she can summon
Up the life she’s lived in dreams
Now Rosalie chose to be
She went out into the world
to say hello… Hello, hello

It’s not about succeeding; it’s about setting yourself up for greatness. You “have to show something of yourself from time to time and dare to say hello,” Dielesen reflects. If we’re not pushing ourselves, we’re stagnant – a passive state that’s far too easy to get used to. Thankfully, we now have a provocative song and video like “Hello” to keep up the momentum when our legs get tired, and we slow down. Raucaus and energetic, Mozes and the Firstborn’s latest release is a garage-y explosion that promises to brighten your day.

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com