Lord Huron, The Acorn, Ben Howard
Josh Lee Hamilton-Vocals and Guitar, Amada Monteiro - Vocals, Amos Tieman- Electric Guitar, Samuel Van Dommele - Drums, Michelle Garrett - Bass
Lord Huron, Half Moon Run, Ben Howard, The Acorn, Ryan Adams
Josh Lee Hamilton is an indie folk/ singer songwriter from the small yet vibrant surf town of Byron Bay, Australia. After releasing his dreamy and upbeat single, “Golden” in late 2016, he has just released his latest single "Soul Breaks",which is a beautiful and intimate song, with a subtle and pleasantly surprising lift at the end. Josh is now back in the studio doing the final touches his latest EP ( co-produced and engineered by Garrett Kato), scheduled to be released mid 2017.
Josh has a unique ability to craft songs that express the big and small, the shallow and deep, the in and the out, the head and heart, the soul and spirit, you and me. Josh writes songs that tell stories of love, struggle, relationships, hope and faith and are an expression of both his personal life and observations of the world around him.
Music has always been in Josh's bones, since he was young. Up until now he always kept his “hand in it” (as encourage by his fanatical music loving grandfather) doing what he can alongside other career paths. However now, in late 2016, he has decided that now is the time to “have a crack at it” and pour his full heart and energy into what comes to Josh most naturally.... music, song writing and performing.
Even though his energy and time has been some what divided and dispersed up until now, he has still managed to achieve musical career milestones along the way, such as being selected as a feature artist on Triple J Unearthed in 2007, being invited to play at Splendour In The Grass in 2015, featuring in a compilation album “Songs For The Sea”, having his song “Mindless Days” synced in a TV series “No Way San Jose”, and releasing his EP, “Lost In Your Time” in 2013.
Exciting times are ahead for Josh Lee Hamilton as he launches into the next season of his musical journey, so be sure make yourself familiar with Josh Lee Hamilton and follow him along the way. Check out the latest singles, “Golden” and "Soul Breaks" , for a taste of what is to come in his upcoming EP to be released mid this year. To follow josh and be updated about releases and tour information join his mailing list and social networks shown in the links below.
www.joshleehamilton.com (for mailing list and music/merchandise purchase)
North Coast, NSW
Joshua Hamilton, aka Surjosh, writes his acoustic folky tunes in his bedroom in Brisbane. He uses music as an escape from the structured reality of studying an engineering degree!
Describe your music...
Ahhhh, such a hard question!!! I try to do my own thing. I suppose generally it has an easy going acoustic feel with folk and roots melodies decorated by layered harmonies (I love creating layers with harmony).Yeh so call it what you will, because when people ask me 'so what type of music do you play', I always struggle to come up with a concise categorical answer. My lyrics are about the deeper thoughts of life and the sweet simplicities that make life so interesting.
Describe your local music scene...
Brisbane always seems to a have a consistent flow of quality acts (being a capital city and all). I myself am not really involved in it as I am bit of a closet musician, but I am starting to pick up my act and do some random open mic nights at my uni bar. I grew up in Byron Bay and it had a good folk and roots scene, which significantly influenced me when I was younger. Brissy is full of musical diversity and talent, and is a good place to go out and see a quality performance.
Where and when are you most inspired to write music?
All my music is recorded and written in a little side room, where I have taped mattresses to the walls to make it soundproof for recording. I am always strumming a guitar and singing mindless lyrics to a melody that I have created. The lyrics aren't as organic and easy flowing as the music and I have to sit down and think about what I am going to write. Hopefully that will come naturally in good time. I have tonnes of melodies in my head, ready for a song, but I don’t have enough lyrics to match them. I am always inspired by my favourite artists such as Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens etc. All these artists explore emotions, meaning and truth in their music and my relationship with Jesus also inspires me to explore these things in the creative form of music .
What was the last album you bought? What made you buy it?
Elliott Smith’s, “From a Basement on a Hill'. Elliott Smith has certain unpredictability about him, from album to album, and Basement on a Hill is full of beautiful folk ballads contrasted by raw, indie rock. The influence of the Beatles is written all over the album, and that is always a good thing especially when mixed with such a talented and original artist as Elliott Smith. It is also the album just before his death-very interesting and sad.
When you're not making and playing music what do you do?
I study a rigorous and disciplined degree known as Civil Engineering at the University Of Queensland. It stimulates the other half of my brain. I'm not quite sure how good it works though. I also love to surf ... I love it; it is the best way to enjoy God's creation. Well that's what I think anyway.
Describe your ideal gig ... who would be there? Where would it be?
First of all my mum would have to be there because she is my biggest fan and my only groupie. I actually like the idea of playing to strangers. Strangers can only know who you are by your music, if they like it great, if not then it isn't personal. Friends are cool but can be awkward crowd to play to, especially when parts of your songs are written about them. I like the idea of any small cafe, or a bar that is cosy and chilled.View Profile Hide Interview