Get to know Hauskey! He’s a Sydney artist who’s turned his back on a hip hop group to venture into the solo sphere.
And, what’s more, he’s just released his debut single as a solo artist.
We’re rather taken with said track, ‘Slow’, so we thought it wise to find out more about the man behind its creation.
Join us as we delve a little deeper into the mind of Hauskey.
01. Name : Hauskey, pronounced house-key, but I mean, you’re welcome to pronounce it however you like really.
02. Where are you based? Sydney, originally from Perth (don’t hold it against me).
03. How did you get your start in music? Started getting piano lessons when I was three, but when I was 10 I found my dad’s guitar and became way more fascinated by that. From that point I’d well and truly caught the bug, and for better or worse, have been trying to master every aspect of the art form since.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Larrikin. Self-taught. Deep thinker. Groove. Self-deprecation. Is that five?
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I found a John Coltrane CD in my mum’s collection when I was super young and got addicted to jazz, R&B, funk and soul, which is weird for a skinny white boy from the middle of nowhere. Then I got really into songwriting when I was about 13, and that’s kind of what I’ve been obsessed with all this time.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Busking at the Midland Military Markets when I was 11. I still have videos of that. Was a cool place. Think I made enough to buy my first electric guitar, was a black Fender Stratocaster and I loved that thing.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Any good song really. A good song is such a great thing. Everything from Stevie Wonder to Jeff Buckley, D’Angelo to Frank Ocean. I donno. Just good music man. Any good music.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘I Don’t Trust Myself’ by John Mayer, Medley : ‘Greatdayndamornin’ / ‘Booty’ by D’Angelo and ‘Grace’ by Jeff Buckley. But also scrap that, cause I’m not really one for favourites.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Headphones, dark room, 2am.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? That’s a tough one, all I know is that Enya ties it all together. She is the eggs in the pancake recipe of music, and Mac Demarco is the salt.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? My memory is pretty horrible, but probably Audioslave or something. I had a massive hard rock phase, and I still love a good guitar riff. Nothing better.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I’m not very sarcastic. Never ever. Love tamari almonds.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Honestly, no idea. Can’t imagine doing anything else.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? “Speak softly and carry a big stick”. You gotta do it yourself man; no one is gonna care about your project more than you. Learn to play instruments, learn to produce, learn to write. Don’t wait.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Did a sick writing camp in Bali with some heavy weights in the industry. That was fun as all hell, I tell ya. Also supporting Macklemore in my old nine piece hiphop group was fun. Had a track go viral on SoundCloud, which was cool to watch.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? People who talk big and don’t follow through are very strange to me. You figure out pretty quickly who means what they say, and who is just offering lip service. I think the whole industry needs more honesty.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Mac Demarco. Dude is living the DREAM.
18. Tell us about your latest release. I tried to marry something that feels fun and uplifting, with some pretty dark ideas about myself and my habits. I don’t think I’ve ever made something that I was truly proud of, until I made ‘Slow’. I love listening to it. I played all the instruments on it, and produced it myself, and I’m pretty proud of that too.
19. What do your future plans involve? We’ve got an amazing music video coming out soon, a cracker of a second single, an EP coming up and we’re gonna start playing a bunch of live shows soon.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? Follow me on the socials to stay in the loop. Probably March/April around Sydney.
WEBSITE : hauskeymusic.com
FACEBOOK : facebook.com/hauskeymusic
INSTAGRAM : instagram.com/hauskeymusic
TWITTER : twitter.com/hauskeymusic
SOUNDCLOUD : soundcloud.com/hauskeymusic
YOUTUBE : https://youtube.com/c/HauskeyMusic