Vance Joy

20 March 2013

Richmond, Melbourne


Have you ever heard someone say, “This year is my year”?

Ignore that for now, Vance Joy never said that.  However, in our opinion Vance Joy personifies success.  Influenced by the musical taste of his parents, this young Australian artist recently grew into Vance Joy, a soon-to-be idol himself.  I was initially drawn to Vance Joy’s music after seeing numerous posts about him online; it was the mystery that surrounded this artist that lead to me to ask around.  And I’m thankful I did.

It’s hard to believe Vance started out gigging in the local Melbourne pub scene on open mic nights.  It might be harder to believe that he also has a law degree behind him; a classic example of the rare people you meet who have an amalgamation of contrasting interests and still manage to perfect them all.

Between the time I first came across Vance Joy until now, I’ve witnessed an amazing upward journey.  Vance Joy has signed a deal with Liberation Music, supported the likes of Of Monsters and Men at their Laneway sideshows, supported Julia Stone on her national tour and landed himself several gigs at SXSW.  There’s more.  After recently releasing his second single Riptide, Vance Joy quickly reached number one worldwide on Hype Machine.  A smile grew across my face as I realised the privilege involved in capturing Vance Joy at the most crucial and exciting stages of his career.

This is exactly the reason we do what we do.

It’s with great pleasure that we filmed this lovely (very tall), humble artist with his (comparatively very small) ukulele playing a stripped back version of ‘Riptide‘ on the streets of Melbourne.  Attracting an intrigued audience of passers by, Vance belted out a beautiful version of this catchy, feel good tune – drawing emphasis to the carefully planned lyrics and the power of his raw vocals.

Upon finishing the song, Vance sighs a small sigh of relief – confirming with a mesmerised audience that it was all OK.  It certainly was.

This year is Vance Joy’s year. And hopefully the first of many years to come.

Vance Joy’s EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing comes out 22 March 2013.  I’ve heard it, and it is indeed a party in your ears.  You can also catch him at his headline shows on the below dates:

Thursday 18th April – The Vanguard, Sydney
tix $10 +BF | | (02) 9557 9409

Wednesday 24th April (Anzac Day Eve) – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
tix $10 +BF | | 1300 762 545

Saturday 27th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
tix $10 +BF | | 1300 724 867

We filmed and recorded Vance Joy’s entire EP ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’, you can check out the clips here:

Vance Joy – Emmylou

Vance Joy – Riptide

Vance Joy – Play with Fire

Vance Joy – Snaggletooth

Vance Joy – From Afar

Words by Charlotte Abroms.