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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Sydney songwriter/producer Nick Ward has released his new track, Holding The Man. The release follows up Ward's released collaboration with New Zealand artist Lontalius, I Wanna Be Myself Or Nothing At All.

Written earlier this year whilst the singer was isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic, the track navigates and documents Ward's feelings and emotions after embracing his sexuality. Fusing together hip-hop melodies and beats with folk guitar sounds, Ward gives a soft and vulnerable vocal performance.

Speaking of the track, Ward shares: "This is the third and final single from my debut EP, and I think it might be my favourite. While my previous song, 'I Wanna Be Myself or Nothing At All' was about my raw experience of coming out – 'Holding The Man' is about the feeling. Titled after the Aussie memoir that changed my life, the first verse explores the impossible life that I feel expected to lead as a young man – 'Picket fence / Swimming pool / Baby, I'm the man...' The second verse is a recount of coming out, and the weightless feeling of getting it off my chest. This feeling is the inspiration for the hook – 'Please just hold me down / So my feet don't leave the ground'."

Since the age of five, Ward has evolved into a well-rounded multi-instrumentalist, mastering classical piano, the guitar, double bass and drums. When he was 11, he began experimenting with production, using his mothers computer to create his own tracks on GarageBand. Not long after, Ward began toying with lo-fi hip hop beats, playing around with vocal lines and the structure of his songs. In 2018, he released his debut single, Crush.';

After a string of single releases, Ward found himself on tour with New Zealand indie pop sensation BENEE. After more performances on tour with with local artists Tora and JOY, Ward was named a Triple J Unearthed High finalist in 2019. Not only just a talented musician, Ward is passionate about filmmaking, directing all his own visuals as well as a bi-monthly series on YouTube. His work explores masculinity and identity, and in 2017 Ward took home a win at Tropfest Junior with his short film, Boys Don’t Cry.

Holding The Man is out now! Watch the music video below.


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