Share your life story with us.
Throughout my childhood I always had a huge passion for football and at the age of 15 I was blessed with the opportunity to relocate to Barcelona, Spain to further my development and play semiprofessional football.

Being young, it was very tough for me to leave my family and my friends behind and live in another country, particularly as at the time I was unable to speak Spanish.

Through all the tough times of trying to establish my football career and also dealing with being alone, I would write down how I was feeling in a personal journal.

These thoughts soon led to poems and then to songs as I started to get deeper into music. Basically music took over my life. I returned my home in Sydney and left football behind. Music is now all I want to do!

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Share your press release.

NICK DE LA HOYDE – HOLD ME CLOSE

HOLD ME CLOSE

Nick’s newest installment “Hold Me Close” is his brightest yet. The track is filled with energy, from its pulsing trop vibes to the swooning vocal melodies – it has enough to lift into exultation and create a dance party of any situation. The single marks the evolution of Nick’s musical style into one that is thoughtful of both the senses and the mind, continuing the sense of free-spiritedness that has come to define his music.

SPOTIFY PLAYLISTING

Upon release, “Hold Me Close” has been given promised adds to a number of high profile independent Spotify Playlists including Robaer’s EDM House 2017 with over 400k listeners. Nick’s previous releases have been added to Official Spotify Playlists such as ‘New Music Fridays’ and ‘New Pop Sounds’.

FANBASE

Nick continues to cultivate his ever-growing social media following with strong numbers across his key platforms, most notably Instagram which now boasts 358K active followers and Facebook where his following jumped to 160k. Nick continues to focus on his social media through consistently engaging with through a consistent flow of unique, self-produced content.

TOURING

Nick recently toured Australia, supporting US artist MAX (Max Schneider) on his Meteor Tour. Venues included the Triffid in Brisbane, The Evelyn in Melbourne as well as the Bald Faced Stag in Sydney and Fowlers Live in Adelaide.

CHART

Nick’s music has charted on USA’s Billboard BDS Top 40 Indicator and Mediabase Top 100, Shazam (AU) Furture Hits (#6) and Australian Top 100.

VIDEO

Nick’s videos have been featured on publications such as Billboard online magazine, MTV, Channel V and MTVU.

 

AWARDS

AusPop Awards finalist, in the category of Independent Artist Of The Year, 2017

Song ‘Thinking Bout You’ a finalist in the International Song Contest (ISC) 2017 for R&B

PUBLICITY

Nick has been featured in a wide cross-section tastemaker media, including Perez Hilton, Billboard, The Source, The Huffington Post, Just Jared, PopCrush, UPROXX, Mechanical Dummy, The Examiner, All Access Magazine and more.

Sydney, Australia based singer/songwriter/rapper Nick de la Hoyde began expressing himself through music when he was 16 while pursuing a professional, football career in Barcelona. Music quickly became a driving force in Nick’s life and through that creative lens; he began to express his deeply personal thoughts of being a determined teenager chasing his dreams in a foreign land. This early creativity eventually won out and brought him back to Australia to pursue being an artist full-time. Growing up in a multi-cultural home with a Syrian mother and British father, Nick was exposed to many global influences which he weaved into his music melding his love of hip hop and R&B with electronic alt/dance beats together with introspective lyrics that chronicled a young, musician’s journey to adulthood overcoming life and artistic challenges along the path. Nick and his long-time producer/collaborator/older brother Joseph (ZUZU) de la Hoyde, have crafted a sound that is simultaneously intimate, expansive and engaging. Now at 23, Nick has penned confessional, real life anthems such as “Love Takes Time”, “Thinking Bout You”, “Never Gonna Beg For It”, “By My Side” and “Changing” that oscillate between moody, textured R&B and anthemic synth laden future-pop moments combined with a lyrical earnestness that speaks directly to today’s younger generation. Nick has quickly made a name for himself, cultivating a large and dedicated on-line following and becoming a powerful voice for youth empowerment and positivity.

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List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
The biggest names that have been there through thick and thin would firstly be My brother Joe and my Dad Chris. Of course my manager Dyana Kass and my Family. Without them I would not be where I am today.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
My two favourite things are studio time and touring. There is nothing better in the world than letting out all your emotions, thoughts, feelings and energy, things that you have held onto for some time and then channel them into writing a song.
I am lucky enough to work alongside my brother ZU/ZU and we get to share that experience together.

 

Touring is also on the same level, because on stage you have the opportunity to share that energy and emotion with people face to face. That interaction is priceless!

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.
Usually my producer ZU/ZU will work on an instrumental skeleton of a song and when he is happy, send me the rough demo. I will then give it a listen, vibe on it and start to searching for the right melody. Then once I have an idea of a verse and chorus melody, I will write lyrics that tell the story I am holding inside. Once ZU/ZU feels we have something, we will get in the studio and start laying everything down and this is where all the magic starts to happen. I love the whole writing process, you get to create something from nothing and there is no better feeling.

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Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
My fans can expect A LOT of new music, since my brother/ producer, ZU/ZU, and I, have been nonstop in the studio and have some exciting tracks on the way.

 

The fans can also expect lots of live shows. I recently supported US artist MAX when he toured Australia and will soon be supporting Kid Ink at a Sydney night club called Marquee. Moving into 2018 I will also be headlining my own shows and hopefully this means getting the show on the road internationally!

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

I think social media has changed the world we live in and for any line business it has become a huge factor in the way they now go about their marketing. Connecting with others like yourself and sharing each other’s content is a huge way to cross promote and build. Connecting with people and sharing my songs is what drives me so I will be doing more of that and hopefully people out there in the big world, like my music and feel some connection.

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Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
To be honest everyone has their bad days and the music world is a tough one to crack. In saying that not once have I ever thought about quitting music. Music has been there for me through thick and thin, and it’s not something I could ever turn my back on.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
This process is probably my favourite thing to do when writing to a song. I tend to find my melody before I find my lyrics. I will literally sit at the computer with the song on loop and my phone open to record. Sometimes I’ll sit there for hours until I have found something worthy enough to lay down in the booth and see how it sounds on the track.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.
In short, music licensing is the license to use copyrighted music. It is one of the legal frameworks out there that helps protect the copyright holder and ensures that they get paid. As we run our own family label, we own all our copyrights which is really important to us, particularly at this stage of my career.

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Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
The best way to get in touch with me on all my socials would be to either tag me in a post or to leave a comment on one of my posts. Usually I would say to direct message me but because of the number of message I get, it is sometimes hard to respond to everyone.

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Give us the links to your various stores.

Spotify

iTunes

Google Play

Merchandise

Website
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Tell us your favourite genre of music.
In all honesty I don’t have a favourite genre of music. If I like it I’ll listen to it. I’m not one to not listen to a song purely based on its genre.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.
Mostly my songs reflect how I am feeling, whether sad, happy, in love, out of love, optimistic, angry, or whatever. There is a lot of emotion in my lyrics and writing is a form of release for me, like therapy lol. A song can mean different things to different people and this is cool, and for example the chorus to one of my songs called “By My Side” is about my love for music, but most people would take it as love for a person – “And it’s you that makes me feel alright, and it’s you that always by my side”
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Tell us all we need to know about this song.
My new single “Hold Me Close” is not only a feel good song, that I hope makes people feel like dancing or singing, but also a song of hope. Always keep the faith and give love a chance!

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.
I think digital distribution and streaming is an awesome platform for everyone, whether you are a music creator or a music consumer. For someone like me, it has really given creators the chance to spread their music online and independently, without having to rely on a label.

 

That said, I do feel it has taken away some of the fun we used to get when going out to a music store and buying a physical CD.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.
There are really 3 key forms of income for an artist and of course streaming is one major one. But aside from this, touring and merchandise are very important. Being heavily involved in social media, I am now considered an influencer and so there is good money to be made from forming partnerships with brands. The great thing here is; I get to promote the brands I actually like which is super dope!

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Tell us your thought on self-training and going to educational institution to study music.
I don’t believe that there is any correct way to do it to be honest.
As long as you have the passion and the will inside you then I think it will take care of itself. Whatever works I recon!

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.
I am still yet to find this out haha. To be honest, the key ingredient for me is patience, because hit songs don’t grow on trees. You really have to be dedicated to writing, never giving up and being prepared to invest 10’s of thousands of hours. You also have to be thick skinned, listen to criticism but also somehow stay true to yourself. In saying that though, I do feel that all hit songs are simple and timeless. They are also very catchy and melodic. People like to sing along to songs they love and this is an important ingredient to a hit song I think. Normally, when a person hears that special song, he/she doesn’t have to listen to it twice to like it, it is instant, almost love at first sight or in this case listen!

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.
We actually already run our own studio and record all of our music from home.

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Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.
It’s all about the energy you give the crowd. You need to get them engaged in the performance, whether it be singing with you, waving their phones in the air or purely just smiling and dancing to the music. You can make a mistake on stage but if you are giving the crowd energy, they will forgive and appreciate you more than you know.

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List your favourite songwriters.
One of my favourite songwriters that has just blown up would be Post Malone. I think this dude is a genius. So many of his songs are relatable and he writes and sings with so much emotion.

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List your favourite music producers.
ZuZu

Timberland

Skrilex

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Describe in details how you feel when you hear your song on the radio.
It is an amazing feeling!!! When so much hard work, blood, sweat and tears go into a record and you can see that the track is getting recognised there is no better feeling. The song itself will always sound better on radio too haha.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.
As bad as this sounds my best mood to write is when I am depressed and not myself. I feel it always brings out everything inside me, and then usually it helps me gain back what I wasn’t feeling before I started writing.


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