Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Vance Joy

Vance JoyFrom playing his music perfectly on a crowded tram in the streets of Melbourne, to having his music verified GOLD, Vance Joy is an artist with striking, glowing talent. I recently stated (on our About the Writers page) that Vance Joy’s Riptide is one of my top five songs of 2013 and I’ve lost count of how many times this infectious tune has been played over the summer. Anything Vance Joy produces is pure ear candy, and we’re pleased to have had the opportunity of talking to this artist. Have a read as AMBY and Vance Joy talk about his acoustic vibe, his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing, rattlesnakes, and wanting to fish with his influences!

AMBY: Hello Vance Joy, thanks for speaking with A Music Blog Yea. What has Vance Joy been up to lately?

Vance Joy: Just cruising and drinking weak long ball coffees and trying to write songs.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Vance Joy: It’s a pretty acoustic vibe with lyrics that time has been spent on. I like words and how they can fit with music.

AMBY: Your debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing is full of stellar songs. What was the inspiration behind the EP’s title?

Vance Joy: I wanted to capture that sense of abandon that you can get sometimes when your whole body and mind are at peace.

AMBY: Congratulations on Riptide being certified GOLD by the Australian Record Industry Assoc. It’s an amazing song! How do you feel to have it certified?

Vance Joy: It feels surreal and I feel happy about it. My dad will probably put he plaque up in the house somewhere.

AMBY: You list some of your influences as Paul Simon, The Flaming Lips, and Elton John. But if you could hang out with any of your influences for a day, who would you choose and what would you do?

Vance Joy: I’d like to go fishing with any one of them – fishing is something I have a romantic love of.

AMBY: Speaking of influence, does hailing from Melbourne have an influence on your sound? And if so, how?

Vance Joy: I think it might. My voice might have a tinge of Melbourne in it. Some influences are Australian songwriters I grew up listening to like Paul Kelly.

AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?

Vance Joy: The love of my life.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you while on tour?

Vance Joy: I nearly got bitten by a rattlesnake.

AMBY: Which bands or artists have you been listening to lately?

Vance Joy: Bernard Fanning, Kanye West, Big Scary

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year so far?

Vance Joy: The National’s new album is awesome.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Vance Joy that nobody knows yet?

Vance Joy: I like a vicii.

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Thank you Vance Joy, for giving us your answers!

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