Freedom to be creative after becoming a dad
FATHERHOOD set Australian singer/songwriter Josh Pyke free. The ARIA-award winning artist is preparing for a national tour to promote his fourth album, The Beginning And The End Of Everything. ‘‘I feel like I’ve completed one big cycle of my life and I’m entering another one,’’ Pyke says. ‘‘You can’t overestimate the shift in your world view when you have a kid.’’ He says the structure that comes with having two young sons has freed him from feeling crippled by too many choices available to a selfemployed musician. ‘‘If you have more restraint and more limitations because you’re caring for a kid it actually kind of clarifies your decision making process,’’ Pyke says. ‘‘It feels like more freedom than I had when I didn’t have any structure in my life so it’s been a very positive thing.’’ The idea of legacy and how people will remember him is a strong current running through the album. ‘‘Legacy is less about the trappings that you build up, it’s about when you go, how you exist in other people’s memories. That’s the legacy that I am trying to build.’’ nte Pyke conceived many ideas for The Beginning And The End of Everything on the road, but refined and recorded songs for the album in his backyard studio. The tour begins next week Pyke already has another one planned for next year.
Josh Pyke, Patrick James and Olympia play The Soundlounge, at Currumbin RSL, on August 30.