In late 2019 Sydney-based singer-songwriter Huck Hastings burst back onto the local music scene with a new single (and sound). After a period spent writing, ‘Hey Babe?’ and its accompanying music video marked the beginning of a new and invigorating direction for this exciting young songwriter. Upon its release ‘Hey Babe?’ was promptly added to rotation on FBi Radio and earned him a slot as their Independent Artist of the Week.
The beginning of 2020 saw the release of singles ‘Soft - An Epilogue’ and ‘Anthem For The End of The World’. The latter, which tapped into the universal unrest that followed the Australian bushfires and beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, amassed over 100k listens across streaming platforms, was played on Triple J, and was added to rotation on FBi and Edge radio.
After a string of packed-out shows with his band (and with Sydney on the verge of lockdown),
Hastings turned his attention inwards, finishing his debut album as well as a collaborative EP, co-written and recorded in his bedroom with Sydney-based guitarist Sachin Burns under the band name Hacky Sack. Of their debut single ‘Exaggerating’ Zan Rowe said:
“This makes me feel like a teenager again, it's summer, my heart is full of crush, and everything feels like a dream. Beautiful.”
He followed this up with the release of his fourth and final single of 2020 ‘It’s Alright/It’s Cool (Commitment Issues)’, which received high praise from NME, countless online write ups, and an artist spotlight in Frankie Magazine. He was also featured in FBi’s most 100 played artists of 2020.
Once lockdown measures eased, Hastings returned to the stage for a series of stripped-back shows in support of Andy Bull, The Buoys and Jack Colwell as well as multiple Great Southern Nights showcases.
His debut album ‘Cheers To Progress’ is a profound and witty exploration of codependency, freedom, and the art of letting go. It features singles ‘Soft - An Epilogue’, ‘Anthem For The End of The World’ and ‘It’s Alright/It’s Cool (Commitment Issues)’.
Praise for Huck Hastings
"Huck Hastings makes pop music with a purpose, he just knows how to dig down at those inner emotions and still create a toe-tapping earworm at the same time” - FBI RADIO
"Huck Hastings shouldn’t be labelled as ‘one to watch’, but one to admire." - Bittersweet Symphonies
"This Australian artist has a handle on words that I’ve come to envy, and while I’m not oft to immerse myself into idolatry, we’re coming close.” - INDIE HAPPY HOUR