Freedom to be creative af­ter be­com­ing a dad

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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.

Josh Pyke

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