Meet the artist whose upload is one of our 2020 favourites (so far) – ABC News

On February 4th, a Sydney based artist uploaded a track called Slow. We havent been able to get it out of our heads since.

Labelling Slow as a catchy pop song feels too simplistic. Its a charming ear worm. The kind that you dont mind taking up residence in your brain for a month or six.

It also comes with a pretty relatable theme: I wrote it about a little argument I had with my partner and its about coming to terms with the fact that I can be a bit of an idiot.

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Its a clever song, too. An unsurprising factor when you consider that the artist behind it has been honing his craft as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer since first trying out the piano at the ripe age of three.

Growing up in the remote Helena Valley in Western Australia, Hauskey was living a young musicians dream: he and his brother turned their garage into a studio and would play music until the wee hours of the morning.

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The natural progression from real-life GarageBand was, of course, joining a nine-piece hip hop group in Perth. It was there that Hauskey discovered his love of blues, jazz, funk, soul and R&B.

I just want to take what I love about all those genres and make it the backdrop for singing about my feelings, I guess.

Although his Unearthed profile has had a shorter life than a common house fly, you might recognise his name from a recent trend that emerged on our Instagram page: #covered19.

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Hauskey chucked a cover of his mate Elueras Good Girl on Instagram. Eluera covered Shannen James and soon enough, the likes of Lime Cordiale, Dear Seattle, Cry Club and countless others had jumped on board to show their support for artists on Unearthed during a tough time for the music industry.

For Hauskey, it was more a small gesture than it was an intentionally impactful movement.

The #covered19 phenomenon what a weird one! I was sitting around feeling pretty down about (the COVID-19 pandemic) and a bit helpless and realised that really we needed to be promoting music more than ever right now, but it felt pretty odd to be promoting yourself. So, I had the idea of doing a cover.

Simple yet indisputably meaningful. Thats kinda Hauskeys M.O. when it comes to his music. Slow mightve made a mark for the Unearthed team, but the multi-talented muso always keeps it humble.

Never more so than when he chatted to us about his move abroad: I moved to London and tried to figure out how to write a good song, which Im still doing now. It never really ends unfortunately.

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