Jemmi Hazeman is the musical alter-ego of Jeff Yateman, a songwriter, producer & multi-instrumentalist from Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere in Michigan. Prior to establishing his musical identity as Jemmi Hazeman, Yateman was a member of Detroit-scene indie bands Shady Groves & The Kodaks. Astute observers might notice that the Jemmi Hazeman alter-ego was derived from combining Yateman’s real name with Jimi Hendrix. This amalgamation of nomenclature was originally conceived as a spontaneous pun while jamming (stoned) with a friend back in 2013 — but the nickname stuck. After releasing a series of underground EPs in 2013 & 2016, Hazeman released his first full-length album - Kozmic Maze - in April 2018.
“The Kozmic Maze could be considered a metaphor for Life Itself, or: An expansive, spiraling journey into the existential musings & melodic consciousness of Jemmi Hazeman.”
In the studio, Hazeman is known to handle all the songwriting, instrumental performance & production himself, with occasional contributions from other musicians.
The live band, known as Jemmi Hazeman & The Honey Riders, complements Hazeman's nebulous indie-psych-prog-pop-rock sound, with a sonic palette encapsulating influences such as The Beatles, The Strokes & Tame Impala (and beyond), coalescing into an aural tableaux rife with groovy, spacey trippiness. The group’s live performance includes not only renditions of Hazeman’s recorded songs, but also progressive & kaleidoscopic improvisational elements synergized by The Honey Riders.
The Honey Riders lineup features Hazeman jammin' the Strat & croonin', Jamie Dulin slappin' da thunder-strings, Colt Caron punishin' the black 'n white buttons & Shane Fleisher bangin' the bongos.