My favourite things with… huck hastings


Favourite way to start a song? Usually, I start writing from a need to express myself or to work out some problem inside my head. I unravel how I feel about the situation – a sort of self-psychoanal­ysis. Favourite inspiratio­nal quote? “Luck is when preparatio­n meets opportunit­y” – my mum, all the time.

Favourite job you had before music? I worked at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre as an usher, which was a pretty surreal world to fall into. You’re constantly being taken to crazy places, then at the end of the show, you get plonked back down to Earth. The workplace I’m fondest of, though, is Gertrude & Alice – a beautiful old cafébooksh­op down by the beach in Bondi. Favourite ’90s celebrity? Princess Diana, because she epitomised that hysterical celebrity culture and also, tragically, will forever remain a ’90s icon.

Favourite story to tell at a live show? My songs are so narratived­riven that I try not to over-explain them on stage. I do have a tendency for self-deprecatin­g humour, though, and crack quite a few nihilistic jokes at my own expense. Favourite comfort meal? A cheese board! Favourite way to shake writer’s block? I usually go out walking. Lately, I’ve been going to the ice rink a lot and just skating in circles. Having some sort of forward motion really helps me think. Favourite fan encounter? Any time someone goes out of their way to tell you your music has touched them is really special. I’ve struck up some great friendship­s with people internatio­nally through my music, too. Favourite apocalypti­c film? Melancholi­a by Lars von Trier. It’s so moving, beautifull­y shot and incredibly cinematic.

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