JOSH PYKE TO PERFORM A REGIONAL TOUR BEFORE HANGING UP HIS BOOTS AT THE END OF THE YEAR
One of Australia’s favourite storytellers, Josh Pyke has today announced his 10 Years Of Memories & Dust regional tour of Australia alongside the news that he’ll be hanging up his ‘Josh Pyke boots’ and going on hiatus from the end of the year. To celebrate his illustrious career and to say ‘goodbye for now,’ he will embark on a massive regional tour of Australia in November and December, performing his album Memories & Dust in full, alongside a second set packed with fan favourites. Performing intimate shows, sans band, the tour will kick off on November 3 at the Byron Bay Brewery, moving through to Port Macquarie, Katoomba, Henley Beach, Norwood, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Belgrave, Ballarat, and finishing up at Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on December 10.
From his first appearance in the Hottest 100 with Middle of the Hill coming in at number 19 in 2005, to the 2017 release of his greatest hits album The Best of Josh Pyke + B Sides and Rarities, Josh Pyke has been a part of the Australian music landscape for more than a decade. Well-loved for his intricate storytelling, thoughtful folk pop arrangements and finely honed stage chops, Josh has released five studio albums, all of which have gained prestigious accolades and critical acclaim.
Hi Josh, I can’t believe it has been ten years since you started in this industry, time flies!
You are going hiatus, I think you deserve a break as being on the road so much to make a living is really touch. Rewarding but tough. Would you agree?
Yes, luckily it is something that I love doing and I am kind of addicted to and it is pretty fun and when everything is going well and you have a good balance and you have a good crew around, I can’t think of anything better to be honest. For me, over the years it is more that there are other projects that I want to dig into like producing other artists, doing music production for film or TV, things like that. It is hard to commit and even really explore those projects when you are focusing on album releases and tour cycles. It is more for me to concentrate on some other creative projects for a while.
Sounds great! I guess Atticus (Josh’s cat) is going to be very happy?
(Both Laughing) yeah sure!
I noticed that the press release actually says that you will be not playing YOUR music I guess some fans are hopeful that means you have other plans or are they plans you want to keep close to your chest? (other than what you mentioned above?)
I mean, that is the thing, I want to be honest with people and I did not want a say ‘ I’m not going to be doing anything to 2 years’ so I am just not going to be going out touring with my albums, doing what I’ve done for the last 10 years but there are other projects for sure. There is one for next year that I can’t tell you about just yet. There will be bits and bobs for sure.
You have 2 more shows on this tour, tonight and tomorrow night down in Tassie. Feeling cold down there?
It is pretty cold but I just went for a sauna and played a game of squash! This is what I mean touring is pretty fun. I mean we just rocked up and the the guys in the band are legends and we get on really well so we just played a game of squash and had a sauna. Now these interviews, then into soundcheck and then the show.
You have announced a massive regional National tour, which you are playing only 5 mins from me. That hardly ever happens! Do you like the smaller more intimate shows that the ones you play in larger venues or are they just so different that it does not matter to you?
Over the years I have designed tours around things that I love so playing big shows with 500+ audience with a full band is a real kick, it is a certain type of experience. Playing intimate shows solo is just a very different thing as you can have a conversation and explain the narrative of the songs more. I find them equally as rewarding. It is like festivals as well, it is a different thing again, it is just pure adrenaline, you are on 45 minutes to an hour and you are done. They are all very cool and different and I’m really glad that I have been able to be engaged in all those different experiences.
Having two sets, your Memories & Dust album in full then the second set of hits, this will really please your fans. It will be hard work for you to do all of those songs! Will there be a meet and greet and well better put as perhaps a goodbye time for fans?
It is a good question, I usually always do them but I found on this tour the one that I’m currently on by the end of the two hours of playing I’m absolutely buggered! It sounds like two hours at work and you done?? however there is 10 hours of traveling during the day and sound check and setting an all up, and getting up at 7 o’clock in the morning when you don’t get off stage to midnight. It has been pretty exhausting but I have been trying but I have been pretty exhausted by the end of the shows. It is sometimes different on the regional tours while playing solo it is a little different. Usually I promise that I will be out but this time I’ve been playing it by ear and see how I go.
Kyle Lionhart is a great addition to your tour. Is he going to do the next tour with you?
No, it is going to be a different guy called Harrison Storm, who funnily enough they are really good mates and I didn’t realize that.
I saw you sing together on facebook. Loved it.
Yes he is really cool.
Can you think of any major changes in the music industry since you started your career?
Yes, massive changes. I mean it is almost unrecognizable. When I started there was no social media at all. You have a website and that was it. I had a message on there. Then came MySpace and I got into that and then it was Facebook and Twitter and bloody everything else! So that and streaming is obviously the biggest changes and they are being enormous changes and industry changes. I feel proud having navigated that two shifts over the last 10 or so years in total. I find it unrecognizable. I find the barometer of true success is to get out on the road and play songs to people. Some people have 4 million streams on a song but they still can’t play to people in the real world.
During you many touring did you tick off many bucket list items? If so can you share one please?
Absolutely I mean when I first started I literally said I wanted to do one national tour and play one major festival. It is things like playing Big Day Out, I went to all the Big Day Out’s, time that I was 13 or 14. To play a national Big Day Out tour was amazing. I played at Homebaked for many many years, Splendour, all the major festivals and they were all my bucket list. Then heading overseas and get an international record deal, touring overseas, including Glastonbury, SXSW, all those things were nice. All those things were not initially on my bucket list and all these things were happening and I thought it was really cool. I have always tried to treat things like this will never happen again and enjoy it as much as I can sort of thing.
Good Attitude! Same here. My bucket list have to be rewritten as I have surpassed my goals.
Exactly! It is the way to stay hungry and stay ambitious I think.
Sure is! Off the top of your head can you tell us a funny story that has happened over the last ten years?
There have been many! The weirdest thing that has happened to me in the last few years is a guy invaded the stage and I reacted instinctively and grabbed him by the throat and semi throat punched him. I am totally anti violence but I felt really creeped out by the dude and I just responded. That was pretty weird thing.
Can you tell our readers why they should come and see your 10 years of Memory and Dust tour?
The shows so far have been so much fun and has a real celebratory vibe, with audiences singing the words and it made me realise how much the album had connected with people. I have never played it in full before but seeing people singing every single word to every single song is a really beautiful experience.
All the best Josh I will let you go. Thanks for your time.
JOSH PYKE 10 YEARS OF MEMORIES & DUST REGIONAL TOUR 2017
FRI 03 NOV | BYRON BAY BREWERY, BYRON BAY NSW
SAT 04 NOV | LONG POINT VINEYARD, PORT MACQUARIE NSW
SAT 11 NOV | BAROQUE BAR, KATOOMBA NSW
SUN 12 NOV | THE PLAYHOUSE @ CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA ACT
Tickets available from www.canberraticketing.com.au | (02) 6275 2700
THU 23 NOV | RAMSGATE HOTEL, HENLEY BEACH SA
FRI 24 NOV | NORWOOD HOTEL, NORWOOD SA
THU 30 NOV| MT PLEASANT TAVERN, MACKAY QLD
FRI 01 DEC| DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE QLD
SAT 02 DEC| TANKS ARTS CENTRE, CAIRNS QLD
Tickets available from www.ticketlink.com.au | 1300 855 835
FRI 08 DEC | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC
SAT 09 DEC | KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC
SUN 10 DEC| THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE VIC
Interview assisted by Maddie Birkett.