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Nicholas Hamilton tells us his Top 10 Most played tracks on Spotify and why?

Nicholas Hamilton has just released an amazing new single called ‘In Line’ while he was in Hotel quarantine. I had the chance to have a chat with Nicholas ( you can read that here) ‘In Line’ is a catchy tune that showcases Nicholas’ incredible vocals and song writing skills. This 21 year old is going places!

Check out his Top 10 Most played tracks on Spotify and why? below and while you do, listen to ‘In Line’ and follow him on social media.

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Top 10 Most played tracks on Spotify and why?

  1. The Man – Aloe Blacc
    1. My favourite song of all time, by five and half thousand miles. The build-up out of the bridge into the final chorus gives me chills EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Also, Aloe was the singer in Wake Me Up, one of the best Avicii songs there is, which is a fact I learnt maybe two months ago.
  1. Bad Child – Tones and I

Gotta rep my fellow Australian artists! I love Tones and her story so much, and Bad Child is easily my favourite song of hers. So boppy and playful, but sooooo dark.

  1. The Sun Comes Up – Mako Road

Another Australian band! This song never gets old. The perfect driving tune. The post-chorus guitar riff is just *mwah* perfect.

  1. Clarity – Jack Duff

In love with any unknown artist who can come up on my Discover Weekly and blow me away. Jack did that with Clarity. It’s the perfect blend of dark synths, electric guitar, and modern electronic production.

  1. City of Angels – Em Beihold

Another gem that came through my Discover Weekly one day. Em and I have chatted a few times since and we’re mutual fans of each other. I’m obsessed with her songwriting skills. City of Angels goes so hard.

  1. My Way – Frank Sinatra

Best song to sing to of all time. Hands down. Sinatra and Paul Anka are certified geniuses.

  1. Tenth Street – Aya J

A fellow Byron boy! My guitarist Ben showed me this tune off of Aya’s most recent album of the same name and it blew me away. The whole album is great but Tenth Street is such a beachy, chill, summer hit.

  1. Saint (Live from the Grand Cru) – Jordan Mackampa

Jordan’s an artist I’ve followed for a long time now. He’s a british singer-songwriter with the most incredible, soulful voice you’ll ever hear. I love the studio version of Saint, but then I heard the live version and never went back. What a song.

  1. Lucid – Mitch James

Just off the east coast of Australia there’s a tiiiiny little island, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, called New Zealand? Anyway, Mitch is one of the two people from there and he’s incredible. Lucid was one of the first songs I screamed when I got my first car and started driving alone. It’s so chill yet such a banger.

  1. 3 Nights – Dominic Fike

I mean, come on. It’s impossible not to SCREAM this song at the top of your lungs whenever it comes on. He’s a goddamn genius.

Info on Nicholas Hamilton

Australian-born, LA-based actor and musician Nicholas Hamilton has just released his sparkling new single In Line, a song about coming of age that was two years in the making, out today – April 23.  As a young actor and musician, Nicholas took the plunge and moved from his home in Byron Bay to Los Angeles.  As an actor he has starred alongside Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving and Jessica Chastain to name a few, and has an ever-growing list of successful films under his belt, including roles in global blockbusters such as It, It: Chapter Two, Captain Fantastic, Strangerland and more.

In Line is evocative of Elle King – it’s modern pop but with a slightly retro twist that feels perfectly unique to Nicholas Hamilton.  There’s plenty of room in this expert arrangement for Nicholas’ voice to soar – and it’s that voice that takes centre stage even as the beat ramps up and the chorus fills out.  Written alongside Ben Kuhl and produced by Arthur Pingrey (Sia, Karen O), this track is expressive, emotive, and it feels appropriate for the subject matter as Nicholas explains, “I wrote this song just after I moved to the US.  It’s all too fitting, as the song is about how I felt before and after getting on that plane to come over to the States and start my independent, adult life.  I was battling my own headstrong decisions about making that leap and leaving my family, friends and childhood behind.  The whole track is me singing to my brain, which was something I didn’t lean into until later on in the writing process.”

Nicholas Hamilton’s influences are eclectic, as he explains, I listen to a ton of chill pop, similar to what I write. People like Quinn XCII, Jordan Mackampa, Ruel…but I grew up listening to Mum and Dad’s musical tastes.  I remember driving with my Dad to football practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays and listening to The Eagles and Cat Stevens, or driving up the coast to my extended family with my Mum and listening to Kenny Rogers and Charley Pride.”  These varied influences shine through in this layered release, and Nicholas’ deep passion for music is clearly evident when he discusses his craft. 

After a year like no other, Nicholas has returned to Australia just in time to celebrate the release of In Line, a song about his life-changing move to America when he was just 18 years old.  It feels like a full circle moment, as he says, “I haven’t been home since Covid, so I’m very excited to be back. The idea of releasing a song that I wrote about moving from Australia to the US, as I’m returning to Oz, is an opportunity I’d be silly to pass up.  It just feels right, it makes me comfy.”

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