theaussieword.com's special interview with Josh Pyke!
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
Music was always a huge part of my home life. We listened to a lot of music, and it was definitely a big interest of my folks and sisters. When I had the opportunity to start playing in a little rock band in primary school, I was just hooked, and it was all I wanted to do from that point on.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
I just follow my instincts. I’m compelled to write music. I’m very lucky that it became my job, but it’s always just been the way that I express myself and process the things that are happening in my life. I want to explore deeper meanings in things, and the best way I’ve found to articulate the things that I am exploring is to write songs. I’m essentially pursuing the thing that creatively satisfies me the most, and I’m doing it because it makes me feel good when I write a song that makes me feel closer to some kind of truth that I’m seeking.
Honestly, every goal that I set for myself when I was starting has been achieved. All I ever wanted was to play some festivals, make a record I was proud of, and be able to quit my job. When those things happen you, just kinda raise the bar and set more goals. So I did that for a few years, hoping for arias, and gold records etc, but when those things also happen, you get to a point where you realise you’ve lost focus on what you actually want to achieve, which is to make art that you’re extremely proud of. So whilst I’m super grateful and proud of those achievements, my biggest goals now are to continue to be able to make music that I’m proud of for an audience that appreciates it, and to make a living at it. And frankly that’s hard enough to achieve without all the other stuff!
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
I’m doing a series of concerts called the Fans First shows. These will be an introduction to the new album for my core fans and supporters before I head out and do more extensive touring next year.
Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?
I really find it hard to “best describe my music”. I feel that’s better left to journalists and people who are actually objective about it. I will always be subjective, and therefore my description will be fundamentally flawed.