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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


We caught up with the musician at THIS THAT to chat all things live music! Watch the interview below.

Acclaimed Sydney producer Hayden James is hitting the road! To celebrate the release of his hotly-anticipated sophomore album LIFTED, set to arrive next month, the tour will visit Australia and New Zealand.

Kicking off at Brisbane's Fortitude Music Hall on August 12, the run of shows will continue on to Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney, before travelling to Auckland on September 17. Along for the ride is LIFTED guest artist and collaborators Boo Seeka and Melbourne/Naarm-based producer, vocalist and DJ, Memphis LK.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing my Lifted Tour to Australia and New Zealand after being away for so long. I have a brand new album, brand new live show with the biggest production to date, and I've never been more excited to play in my home country and share it all with you.” the musician shares.

Having begun working on the album in late 2020, the producer had one thought in mind whilst making the record; to bring people together once again and unite through music. Enlisting Boo Seeka, Jem Cooke, SIDEPIECE, YAEGER, Elderbrook and Cassian across the collection of songs, the record is set to capture the energy of James' live shows, made complete with lush production and captivating vocal textures.

James adds of the record, “LIFTED” was born out of the yearning for some light and positivity after a tough last few years for everyone. As I started writing the album, I kept coming back to the idea of creating something energetic and live and super uplifting that could bring people together again. I began working on the album late 2020 and used all the time off I had from touring to make something special because I knew the return to live music would be epic, a major vibe. The result is a huge emotional, energetic dance record, with elements of piano-house, melodic house and a positive tone and feel that can be found across all tracks. When I write an album, everything has a place and a purpose, and it’s all part of the bigger story. I’m so happy with the journey of this album."

LIFTED is due out April 8! Listen to On Your Own below.


Presented by triple j

supported by Boo Seeka + Memphis LK

Friday, 12 August - Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane QLD

Friday, 19 August - John Cain Arena, Melbourne VIC

Saturday, 20 August- Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Saturday, 27 August - Red Hill Auditorium, Perth WA

Saturday, 3 September - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW

Saturday, 17 September - Town Hall, Auckland New Zealand


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