MAKING his debut at Riverboats, coincidentally aligning with the start of his touring hiatus, Josh Pyke is gearing up to perform the music Australia has come to know and love.
Having been an instrumental figure in the Australian music scene over the past 10 years, Josh feels rather nostalgic looking back on his career.
‘‘When you’re in the midst of your career, you put your head down and go for it,’’ he said.
‘‘It felt like a good time to put a hold on touring for a while.
‘‘It felt like a nice bookend with the release of the Greatest Hits album and has given me a chance to reflect on all of these times.’’
Bursting onto the scene with his hit Middle of the Hill, Josh admits while it hasn’t always been an easy ride, he’s been exceptionally blessed in his career.
And throughout his bright career, Josh has seen a massive shift in the way audiences connect with music.
From listening to the radio and buying CDs, to streaming the latest tracks online, the scene has drastically radicalised and Josh has been one of those few artists who has stood the test of time.
His catchy, upbeat, feel-good songs feature narratives rather than lyrics and explore many aspects of everyday life.
‘‘In the first instance I always write about personal experiences and things that are affecting me,’’ he said.
‘‘I incorporate imagery for a more universal effect.
‘‘It’s the lesser known songs like Buttons, Parking Lots and Someone To Rust With that resonate with me the most.’’
Perhaps one of the most interesting facets of Josh is his determined ethos to invest in the industry that has given him so much.
Through his JP Partnership, Josh, along with other music managers and businesses, mentors up and coming artists to provide them with first-hand knowledge of the cut-throat industry.
Having mentored the likes of Alex Lahey and Gordi in the initial stages of their careers, Josh’s passion and belief in the program is clearly evident.
‘‘When I started, there weren’t too many people, except for John Butler actually, who really gave back,’’ he said.
‘‘There got to a point in my career when I just wanted to give back.
‘‘There’s no rule book.
‘‘But if you can’t pull a crowd, then you don’t have a sustainable career.
‘‘You can listen and learn a lot, but until you can talk to an artist with a mentor, then that’s the next step.’’
While this will be the last we see of Josh for the foreseeable future, it won’t be the last we see of him.
He is working on tapping into his other creative endeavours, the wistful troubadour’s sound won’t be far away.
‘‘I’m obsessed with making music,’’ Josh said.
‘‘At festivals I love playing songs that everyone knows.
‘‘It’s a chance to celebrate music and the event itself.’’