AUSTRALIAN PSYCH-POP UPCOMER HAUSKEY SHARES DEBUT SINGLE “SLOW”
Perth, Australia’s Hauskey is excited to share his debut single, “Slow,” out now. The track has already racked up heavy rotation in his home country, with the influential Triple J Radio Station showing it impressive support. Today, the track’s journey spreads global via slowplay/Republic Records.
“Slow” is a song of endless possibilities. It’s a heady cocktail of Tame Impala, Kevin Abstract and Mac DeMarco. Charm personified but with a louche kick and drive. Groove-heavy, groove-laden. A song that whistles between your ears and lodges firmly in the cranium. A strong, colorful start for this young Aussie dreamer.
Andy Hopkins AKA Hauskey writes, performs and produces his records, and whilst this heralds his first audacious steps, Hauskey has led a colourful musical life that already reads like a low-budget arthouse film script. Our protagonist is right on the cusp; sink or swim?
Let’s rewind a bit. Back to Andy finding a John Coltrane record in his mom’s collection. Not The Beatles, not Bob Dylan, nor Rolling Stones or The Eagles, nor any of those other classic but cliché “discoveries” we all found for ourselves during those formative, impressionable “so this is music” years. Andy had more of a penchant for seminal US saxophonists, apparently. “Naima,” he recalls, was the song that raised a cluster of epiphanies, a veritable constellation of lightbulbs dazzling over his teenage head.
At thirteen he wrote his first songs. Looking back through a folder of lyrics he’d rediscovered from that era, he won’t share them. Words that tried too hard to be poetic. Poetry for the sake of it. Why use fifty words when you could use five just as effectively? “A great song is like a great movie” he muses, “you become so engrossed in it that you ‘become it’ and forget you’re even watching a movie. That’s what good music should do too.”
Andy studied at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. It’s an incredibly competitive school to get into it. Selective. Noteworthy alumni include Hugh Jackman and Frances O’Connor. It was an inspiring place to be around, but it was expensive to navigate day-to-day, and Andy’s funds ran perilously low. Where most of us would have gathered up a few particulars and turfed them on eBay, Andy started his own music school. This wasn’t simply teaching the rudimentary shapes of power chords for pocket change, this was a fully-functioning, fully staffed, multi-branch school with over 500 students. Bold move.
But starting a music school wasn’t in the bible of how to become a pop star, and despite its success, Andy was getting anxious that his path to a career in music was taking a road he hadn’t planned on taking. Perth felt isolated, and not the thriving hotbed of new sounds that Andy craved. He picked up a few possessions and flew to London (his dad was a pilot, and so the notion of standing still was alien) because legend had it, London opened doors and embraced music like nowhere else on earth. Andy bagged himself a part time job and played as many gigs as he could manage, convincing bookers that he was about to become a Very Big Deal Indeed. Alas, it didn’t work out. He headed back to Australia, a little broken down perhaps, but with a steely determination not to break. Dusting himself off, he went out and bought the cheapest Toyota van he could find on Gumtree, made a few crucial adjustments and headed right back out of the city to a small rural farm where he pulled up, put the brakes on and set to writing more music from the singular comfort of that very van. Endlessly. One track mind. Songs and more songs. Keep writing, keep improving, keep going. All decisions made were to weave himself into this position; arrowing sonically adventurous pop music into the hearts and minds of the musically curious, and then everybody else. That’s the plan.
An EP will follow. More details on that soon.