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Nick de la Hoyde - Hold Me Close #Flyah Review


Sydney, Australia based singer/songwriter/rapper Nick de la Hoyde began expressing himself through music when he was 16 while pursuing a professional, football career in Barcelona. Music quickly became a driving force in Nick’s life and through that creative lens, he began to express his deeply personal thoughts of being a determined teenager chasing his dreams in a foreign land. This early creativity eventually won out and brought him back to Australia to pursue being an artist full-time. Growing up in a multi-cultural home with a Syrian mother and British father, Nick was exposed to many global influences which he weaved into his music melding his love of hip hop and R&B with electronic alt/dance beats together with introspective lyrics that chronicled a young, musician’s journey to adulthood overcoming life and artistic challenges along the path.  Nick and his long-time producer/collaborator/older brother Joseph (ZUZU) de la Hoyde, have crafted a sound that is simultaneously intimate, expansive and engaging. Now at 23, Nick has penned confessional, real life anthems such as Love Takes TimeThinking Bout You, Never Gonna Beg For It, By My Side and Changing that oscillate between moody, textured R&B and anthemic synth laden future-pop moments combined with a lyrical earnestness that speaks directly to today's younger generation.  Nick has quickly made a name for himself, cultivating a large and dedicated on-line following and becoming a powerful voice for youth empowerment and positivity.

Nick's newest installment Hold Me Close is his brightest yet. The track is filled with energy, from its pulsing trop vibes to the swooning vocal melodies - it has enough to lift into exultation and create a dance party of any situation. The single marks the evolution of Nick's musical style into one that is thoughtful of both the senses and the mind, continuing the sense of free-spiritedness that has come to define his music.  

Nick continues to cultivate his ever-growing social media following with strong numbers across his key platforms, most notably Instagram which now boasts 358K active followers and Facebook where his following jumped to 160k. Nick continues to focus on his social media through consistently engaging with through a consistent flow of unique, self-produced content.   

Nick recently toured Australia, supporting US artist MAX (Max Schneider) on his Meteor Tour. Venues included the Triffid in Brisbane, The Evelyn in Melbourne as well as the Bald Faced Stag in Sydney and Fowlers Live in Adelaide.

Nick’s music has charted on USA’s Billboard BDS Top 40 Indicator and Mediabase Top 100, Shazam (AU) Furture Hits (#6) and Australian Top 100. Nick’s videos have been featured on publications such as Billboard online magazine, MTVChannel V and mtvU. AusPop Awards finalist, in the category of Independent Artist Of The Year, 2017 Song ‘Thinking Bout You’ a finalist in the International Song Contest (ISC) 2017 for R&B. Nick has been featured in a wide cross-section tastemaker media, including Perez HiltonBillboard, The Source, The Huffington Post, Just Jared, PopCrush, UPROXX, Mechanical Dummy, The Examiner, All Access Magazine and more.

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