As this is written, John Coltrane's music washes over my nostalgia, reminding me of the stream of R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Soul that filled the home growing up. And it's Andy Hopkins, AKA Hauskey, who I have to thank for this.
Coltrane is mentioned as his very source of inspiration. The fruition of which, was his first song at only age thirteen. It is "Slow" however, that marks his debut, and I'm just curious as to what will follow.
He's had an interesting journey that includes studying at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, starting a multi-branched music school with over 500 students, performing gigs in London, and featuring on triple j's Like A Version.
It's his final step before "Slow" which is what really draws me into this story though. With a Gumtree-bought Toyota van, Hopkins set off to create music, on a farm, in said-van. While Coltrane waves a brush of nostalgia, Hopkins let's fly the imagination. What must those dusty nights on the farm have been like? In solitude, in the rural landscape, what writing unfolded? What sounds? This is why I am curious to hear more; and for others like me, Hopkins seems well-prepared, hinting at a folder of finished songs in a recent Tweet.
I think it's safe to say I've got my ears peeled for Hauskey, and maybe after a listen to "Slow," yours will be too.