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But Playback is not the only band Hassan is involved with. Before The X-Factor, he was in a trio with friends, Tommy Murphy and Matt Fowler, called We Are Moody. Since being on the show, Hassan has grown in popularity and was the video contest winner for this year's TeenHoot Festival in Nashville, meaning he and We Are Moody will perform there this summer. Recently, the band had a YouTube series called "#WeAreMoodyWednesdays" in which a cover video was uploaded each Wednesday for five consecutive weeks. The trio took those songs and turned them into an EP entitled I Feel Like A Lion On Top Of A Mountain. The EP includes songs such as The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" and Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning" - just to name a few.
We Are Moody's style is very unique. It's basically a cross between jazz and folk with guitar, piano/keyboard and light percussion the dominating instruments. My favorite song off this EP is the band's rendition of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" - taking the song and putting a twist on it to make it like we're hearing it for the first time.
Check it out!