Today, V2 Records is excited to announce the signing of rising Stockholm based, Australian musician Hazlett to the label roster. Alongside this announcement he shared a stunning new track, the poignant 'Please Don’t Be'. It is Hazlett’s first new material since his 2020 EP, 'Thundering Hopes'.
“The song itself is one of the more raw moments of writing I’ve had in a while,”explained Hazlett. “It’s that nagging feeling of inadequacy I’ve had an ongoing battle with and the blunt emotions that come with it. Then it all comes to a head with the notion that a friend of mine once said “It’s easy to see someone moving on, but to see them falling in love the way they did with you... then that is going to sting a whole lot more.”
Hazlett’s brand of ballroom folk and vast nostalgia will fill your heart but let you cry. Born in Australia, bloomed in Sweden, this modern-day nomad has been earning a place in punters' hearts with his live appearances and fondness of an intriguing story. From his stunning 2017 debut EP 'Honey, Where Is My Home' to the dream-induced follow-up 'Thundering Hopes', Hazlett has an affinity for dancing the line of “my life is a mess” to “everything happens for a reason” and making you feel a part of it all. This has led to him being featured in key tastemaker press such as NME, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, Atwood, Music Feeds to name just a few. With the rising musician currently working on more brand new material for his debut V2 Records release, it’s clear Hazlett is weaving his way to something bigger.
After ghostwriting and playing in various rhythm sections for most of his formative years, the shy guy from Brisbane found a creative home in the farthest of places, Sweden. Hazlett packed up his things and now resides in Stockholm where his solo project was founded with the help of close friend and producer Freddy Alexander. Writing with his gut and heart like a troubadour of old and combining it with the modern sonic landscape that dances in his head things are blooming in his new found home in the Northern Hemisphere. Hazlett has so far released two well received EPs, toured across Europe, Australia and grew a close-knit family of people he trusts in his adopted home. “As much as Hazlett is me, I think anything good in life is better when you let people in”. With that team spirit in mind, they all made the decision at the start of the pandemic in 2020 to pause everything, bunker down and work on Hazlett’s first full length album which is set to be released on his new label home V2 Records.
Listen to 'Please Don't Be here