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James Hazelden

Writer. Musician. Performer. Whatever.

In 2011 James Hazelden released his debut album, “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart” and the “New York EP”. Buy it.

Here are some kind remarks about the new album:
“James Hazelden makes music for both the head and the heart… maybe even the wiener…”
- Kevin Smith (writer, director, podcaster USA)

“Hazelden has admirably gone his own way once again, melding sharp, irreverent lyrics to catchy pop melodies and a good dose of pathos. Enjoy him before he gets a girlfriend and blows the whole deal.”
- Bob Franklin (writer, actor, comedian)

“James Hazelden can swing from hilarity to heartbreak, often in the one song – no easy feat. His debut solo album – the wonderfully named The Man Who Broke His Own Heart– had me thinking of classic Australian folk pop, such as Rob Clarkson. And that’s a beautiful thing.”
- Jeff Jenkins (Inpress, RRR)

“Fabulous Long Player… Just arrived yesterday and it’s been on the turntable since. At last the 21st Century does something right: James Hazelden”
- Tim Quinn (Mighty Quinn Management UK)

“CD arrived. Joe and I played it in the van on the way to Reading. During the 3rd song a bird flew into us and died. He flung himself on the windscreen. It was a very surreal moment. Now I can’t play the CD without thinking of that dead bird. Avian suicide aside it’s a lovely CD.”
- Nicko (Nicko and Joe’s Bad Film Club)

James Hazelden has toured Australia, North America and Europe with a variety of bands for the last decade. He has performed with The Triffids, toured with Circus Oz, toured Canada with folk musician Chloe Hall, and the UK supporting comedian Tony Law.
In 2008 he premiered his debut troubadour-style solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show was a great success and James was called:
“**** – entertaining, hilarious, and charismatic … the lyrics were absurd, accompanied by frantic guitar strumming, and an incongruously harmonious voice… jagged charm” – Three Weeks (UK)
“The Bob Dylan of comedy music… antipodean magic… genius” – The List (UK)
James also writes and performs with Melbourne fun-rock band, Man Bites God. He plays guitar, piano, cello, accordion, keyboards and sings. He has toured nationally and internationally, and has performed with Circus Oz, Deborah Conway, The Triffids, The Scared Weird Little Guys, The Drowning Hitlers, Chloe Hall, The Ang Fang Quartet, Tim Minchin, The Australian Youth Orchestra, Khamal and Rolf Harris to name a few.