WRITING, STAYING HEALTHY AND TRIPLE J: Beats VS Josh Pyke | Josh Pyke Gets Sunny Coastal
Josh Pyke is one of the most well-loved and respected Aussie songwriters and performers, having sat in the top tier of national artists for some ten years, a feat not many can lay claim to. His story-telling style and palatable vocals with catchy hooks has won over many minds and hearts around the World in a substantial career to date.
Currently at the start of a mammoth tour, Josh will bring his But For All the Shrinking Hearts release to regional parts of the country, playing live to audiences as far as Darwin, Launceston and Bunbury over some 30 dates.
Your latest album release But For All These Shrinking Hearts debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts and reached #1 on the Australian charts. Congratulations! Any set formula for album #5? Do you draw from other styles to move into new musical territory with each album or stay true to your roots?
There's never a formula. I made a decision a long time ago to never write with an agenda, so that basically means I just have to sit around and wait for lightning to strike, and then stand behind every creative decision i make. It can be hard sometimes, and kinda stressful when nothing's forthcoming, but it means I can stand by these songs in 20 years, and that's what i hold most important.
You've really etched your name into Australian music folklore and have played extensively nationally and internationally. Is there a standout gig or experience along the way?
It's all been a pretty wild and amazing blur! I think playing at the Opera House with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra playing my own songs was probably a career highlight for me. But having said that, playing to an intimate crowd somewhere regionally can often be the most rewarding type of show to play. I feel very lucky to be doing this for a living, so It's kinda all gravy from here on in!
We counted 32 tour shows in just over 2 months. Outstanding! How do you stay motivated and healthy on the road with such long hauls? Any tips?
Balance is important. I try not to drink too much, which can genuinely be a challenge when you're basically hanging out with mates and have access to loads of booze! Most importantly is just getting back to my family every week, and having a normal family life in between shows. I've broken this tour up with a 2 week holiday with the family in New Zealand, so that will make the whole thing really manageable.
We work with a lot of artists who battle 'staying relevant'. How do you find moving from Triple J to Double J on the whole? Make things harder for you or do you simply look to new audiences (or your original core audience!) and opportunities?
I was really fortunate to have benefited from 10 yrs of support from JJJ and many other radio stations in the tail end of the period in the music industry where people bought records etc. So It was fine for me, and my core fan base is just so generous and supportive. But i do worry about emerging artists that don't fit into the mould for what this country deems as "popular" or credible music. There are not a great deal of avenues for young artists, and that's concerning.
What Aussie acts are you into at the moment?
Jack Carty , (who's touring with me,) is awesome, Alex Lahey, who just won the JP Partnership (supported by APRA/AMCOS) is going great, and my favourite OZ band is Tame Impala...I just love them so much!
Josh will line up with Jack Carty and local star AYLA on Friday 17 June 2016 at The Wharf Tavern. Doors at 8.30pm - Entry is $35 on the door with pre-sales through Moshtix.com.au.
We wish Josh all the best on his tour! What a legend.
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