Vance Joy could soon join the ranks of Australian artists who’ve found international success if his debut EP is anything to go by.
After being released last year, God Loves You When You’re Dancing gained instant success down under.
The hype has made its way over to the UK and should be the sound to everyone’s summer.
We caught up with the rising Antipodean pop sensation for a chat.
First of all, massive congratulations on the success of God Loves You When You’re Dancing and especially single 'Riptide'. How was the EP to produce and what did you expect when you put it out?
The EP was quick in production. We spent a week on the four tracks besides 'Riptide' - which was recorded a couple of months earlier. My expectations were modest. You’ve toured a lot, whether it is support slots or a headline show, what can a crowd expect from hearing one of your sets? What do you head out to create on stage? I like the idea of creating a mood - no one knows how to make a mood happen it just exists - I think I’m misquoting Jerry Seinfeld on that. You mentioned before that 'Riptide' was a set of images that you managed to create into a song, is this similar with all songs on the EP? Or was inspiration drawn elsewhere? It is probably unique in that sense - it has the broadest range of random shit going on. However I think that reaching widely can get you the flavours you need for a song.
I’ve noticed recently you’re having a lot of radio play and exposure of your music, and you’ve announced a full UK tour for later this year. Have you noticed the change and does it bring anything with it?I think that having a song on the radio opens a bunch of doors for an artist - people recognise the song and lend their ears to you for 40 minutes. Where did the name Vance Joy come from? It’s very memorable. It is a name from a book called Bliss by Peter Carey - I have borrowed the name from the book. I love his books. You have a law degree but then decided to follow the music route, how did this start out and expand?
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