Q&A Scene: Nicholas Hamilton

Tell us about your new single?
I wrote In Line with my main Australian collaborator and guitarist, Ben Kuhl, about my hesitations around moving to the US, when I was 18. It started as a funky love song, based around a relationship on the brink of a break-up, but I eventually realised that there were no relationships in my life that followed that storyline, nothing I could personally relate to. So it then turned into a song where I battle with my head instead, detailing all my trepidations about getting on that plane.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
I’m loving Aloe Blacc’s album Lift Your Spirit. The whole thing belongs in 1000 movies.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Your favourite snack on a road trip. For me it’s Iced Vovos and Sweet and Sour Vege Chips on a drive from LA to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I don’t have many! I’ve only been releasing music for a few months now, but I’ve been writing for years. You’re better off asking me about an on-set anecdote, as I’ve been an actor for 10 years.
What, or who, inspires you?
Life experiences. Before 2020, I was a recluse. I hardly ever went outside or hung out with friends. Now that it’s allowed again, I want to go out and experience everything I can possibly experience, with the people I love experiencing things with.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
The Man by Aloe Blacc, or 7 Years by Lukas Grah
What’s next for you?
More music! I’m back in Australia now for a little bit so I’m looking forward to expanding my fanbase here, possibly a fun little tour??
What’s your scene?
A jazz bar with a cocktail in hand. Shirtless men optional.
For more information: https://nicholashamilton.streamlink.to/InLine

Australian-born, LA-based actor and musician Nicholas Hamilton has today 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.”

In Line is out today, April 23.

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Nicholas Hamilton – IN LINE – Official single artwork


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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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