Singer-Songwriter Hazlett often themes his lyrics around moments of lucidity in modern life. Connecting with Freddy Alexander, the Brisbane-born artist releases his new EP ‘Thundering Hopes’; a follow up from his first breakup EP ‘Honey, Where Is My Home.’ DMC World caught up with Hazlett to discuss new music and the ultimate festival line-up – we really do miss festivals!

Hey Hazlett, how are you? For those who are not familiar with your work, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m well thank you! I’m an artist from Australia who plays some kind of ballroom ballad indie that sounds like nostalgia. At least that’s what my friend says.

Your second EP Thundering Hopesis available to listen to now. How does this EP differ to your previous EP Honey, Where Is My Home?

Thundering Hopes is the sequel to Honey. It’s me looking in the mirror after the first EP and saying “okay you got your heart broken, but now what?”. It’s about me finding my feet and being happy again, blooming late and realising it’s okay to feel confident.

Where did you find inspiration for Thundering Hopes?

Life. I did a lot of travelling and wrote random notes & stories in my book. So when I started bringing it to life with Freddy, I realised each of the songs on the EP was from a different city. From my hometown in Australia, to New York, to Stockholm. Like I said it’s all one big adventure of finding myself.

What 3 words would you use to describe your new EP?

Hopeful, Nostalgic, Warm

Apart from creating music, what is your greatest passion?

I love helping people, as cheesy as it may sound. It started with advice or being an ear for my friends or even bandmates, and now it’s spilled over to anyone I come into contact with. I spend a lot of time writing back to messages and comments I get; getting to know people. You realise everybody has something going on, and whilst I might not have all the hours in the world to help everyone, I try my best to do what I can for whoever I can.

If you could create your own ideal 3-day festival, what artists would you pick as headliners?

Can I have a few headliners each night?

Night 1: Elton John, Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar.

Night 2 HAIM, Post Malone, Tom Misch.

Night 3 Robyn, Mark Ronson & Guests, Justice.

… I can tell you the rest of the poster if you want!

What can your listeners expect next from you?

I started writing my third EP the day Thunder Hopes came out actually. A bit too early to tell sonically where it’s heading, but there’s a little twang to it. I’m going a little stir crazy not getting on the road though, so hopefully it’s safe to tour again soon!