NEW EP ‘GHOST MAGNET’ – Listen now on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp & Triple J Unearthed.
Hi All 🙂 Phew.. 2017 was a quite a year. The band and myself hit up Europe for 3 months, playing 5 or more shows a week for the ‘Just What It Is’ single release. Absolutely loving the response to the song and music video so far, thanks guys! After returning home to Australia, we finalised the mixes of ‘Ghost Magnet’ – an EP which was recorded in the lead-up to the tour, in fact I was tracking the final backing vocals and percussion the morning we left for Latvia!
The EP was released in October, we toured through WA, VIC & NSW for a few weeks, then finished off the year with a cheeky little gig in Bali, Indonesia. This year, I heard my music played on Triple J, Triple M, 96fm, 94.5 and a bunch of other great radio networks, plus my Aunty even heard my song being played while she was sitting on the toilet in Sizzler.. I mean surely that has to go in the bio? Looking forward to 2018 already xxJJ
After being based in Melbourne and touring throughout the east coast of Australia, The USA, UK, Europe and Asia in his various bands for several years, Josh moved back to his home town of Fremantle in 2012.
To launch his solo career, Josh released debut EP ‘Half a World Away’ – a 6 track release comprising of old demos from the archives which were simply polished up and put out to the public. First single from the EP ‘Reckless’ was written and recorded in Italy with producer Fabio Tumini over a 4-day wine-soaked burst of creativity, and mixed back in Perth by Andy Lawson (Basement Birds, Eskimo Joe). The EP took fans on a journey through four particularly eventful years of Josh’s life, both musically and emotionally. Josh explains, “I think that the EP has multiple personality disorder of the musical variety. One track dabbles in dance grooves with synth, the next has a country twang, then some ‘60s organs with warm breathy vocals take place, and then an acoustic ballad to finish off. But at the end of the day, the thing that ties it all together is melody, meaning, and an emphasis on writing songs that connect with people. There is no wrong or right with music. Music is everybody’s therapy, it is there to make you feel emotion, whatever that emotion may be”.
Following the launches and hectic tour schedule for the debut EP, Josh spend 18 months writing and recording his debut solo album ‘Call in Whispers’ with Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermain. The album was a huge step up for Josh with rave reviews and being branded as his best work to date. The album produced 3 singles; ‘Walls’, Rain Dancer’ and the infectiously catchy and energetic ‘Brave Tin Soldiers’.
Josh’s latest releases; the ‘Just What It Is’ single and ‘Ghost Magnet’ EP have seen him played on Australia’s biggest radio networks and also generated him a following internationally. With a whopping 3 month tour of Europe with back to back gigs, the band performed at numerous music festivals, clubs and concert halls in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Italy. Keep an eye on the TOURS page as 2018’s tour schedule is soon to be announced.
Josh’s experience writing for a range of stylistically different projects – as well as co-writing with Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe), Davey Lane (You Am I), Steve Parkin (Basement Birds), and Jen Chloer – has given him the perfect education to meld rock and pop together in sublimely diverse and catchy ways.
Of course the live arena is where Josh shines, with his various acts impressing punters when on the bill for the Big Day Out, Australia Survival Day Concert, Rock the Bay Festival (VIC) and St Kilda Festival (VIC), as well as supporting the likes of Gotye, The Waifs, Mika, The Beards, John Butler, Sleepy Jackson, Eskimo Joe, Shihad, Gyroscope and more. International highlights include playing Positivus Festival (Latvia), Summer Sound (Latvia), IPO (LA, USA), Zagare Cherry Festival (Lithuania), Ollesummer (Estonia), OrowHaus Festival (Berlin, Germany) and Karju Rock Festival (Finland), as well as unforgettable shows at iconic Los Angeles venues ‘The Viper Room’ and ‘House Of Blues’