It’s safe to assume that not many up-and-coming songwriters-slash-hip-hop artists start out on the soccer field. Sure, maybe their parents encouraged them in their school days, but Australia’s Nick de la Hoyde went from scoring “football” goals in Barcelona to crafting a unique sound that blends world influences with electronica, pop, and urban beats while also cultivating a major social media following (over 300 million fans on Instagram!).
His latest single, “Thinkin’ Bout You” showcases some classic elements that entice any fan of secular pop to stop and take notice. But it’s the details and the seamless mixture of seemingly endless genres and styles that makes de la Hoyde’s work a product of today. That includes the underlying theme: sexuality unbroken by gender restrictions, delving into the feelings of isolation that come with this sensitive territory. Is there a subject more apropos for 2016?
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the music video for “Think’ Bout You,” directed by ARIA-nominated Marc Furmie, below, and stream the single on SoundCloud.