MU­SI­CIAN AN­SWERS THE CALL

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Jes­sica Nico

HAMIL­TON Hill mu­si­cian Josh John­stone was born to write music and sing.

His fa­ther was in a band and he grew up with sto­ries about his trav­el­ling gypsy mu­si­cian great­grand­fa­ther .

“It’s my cre­ative out­let; noth­ing feels bet­ter than col­lab­o­rat­ing on a new song with some­one else and cre­at­ing some­thing cool and new,” he said.

“Music is also the big­gest part of my so­cial life be­cause you meet so many great peo­ple who you share a com­mon goal with. “It’s my source of in­come; it’s a way to travel. “I’m on stage four to five nights a week and there is no place I would rather be.”

Blend­ing acous­tic guitars, vin­tage or­gans, live drums and catchy melodies, John­stone is look­ing to take the next step in his ca­reer when he launches his new al­bum Call in Whis­pers.

He had to cull his ini­tial 20 songs writ­ten for the al­bum to 10 be­fore in­spi­ra­tion struck and he wrote another five tracks, which pro­ducer Joel Quar­ter­main of Eskimo Joe fame said were the stand­outs on the record.

The al­bum took 18 months to put to­gether and John­stone said he was look­ing for­ward to the Fre­man­tle launch.

“It’s where I live, it’s where all my fam­ily live and it will al­ways be my home, no mat­ter how long I am away for on tour,” he said.

It will be John­stone’s last lo­cal show for sev­eral months as he pre­pares to em­bark on a tour that will in­clude the US, Eng­land and Europe.

John­stone will launch Call in Whis­pers at The Oddfel­low on April 29. Tick­ets are $10 at the door and the al­bum will be avail­able to buy at the launch or via iTunes from April 18. Visit www.face­book.com/joshjohn­stone­mu­sic for de­tails.

Josh John­stone will launch his al­bum ahead of an in­ter­na­tional tour.

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