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INTERVIEW: Australian Singer-Songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes

Hi Josh, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello there, VENTS, nice to be here with you. I’ve doing well thank you for asking.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Pieces”?

Sure, it’s a song that I wrote really quickly, I tend to like those ones. They come out almost fully formed and it just takes a little polish and they’re done. I wish they were all like that. I stumbled on that initial groove and chord progression and took it from there.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was going through a heavy time with some people who were close to me in my life at the time. I found myself asking the question “Is this it? Is there anything more to give?” Turns out there is and all is good now.

Can you tell me about the inspiration behind the track “Borrowing Time”?

When I wrote ‘Borrowing Time’ I was feeling dejected by the never-ending negative news cycle, and I wanted to offer something in return. For me there’s happiness and hope to be found in the present and being in nature has always brought me closest to that. I wrote half of this album in Australia and half of it in the US. In Australia, in between tours in oz I’d come home to the family farm. Most afternoons I’d walk down to the lake at the end of the day to sit and write. It’s very peaceful and songs seemed to always come through. I was watching the water lilies close as the sunset one day, that’s where the chorus lyrics came from.

How was the writing and recording process of this album?

Well I wrote half of this record in Australia, and half of it in Nashville once I’d moved here last year. I was fortunate to receive a songwriting residency from the Australian Arts Council which allowed me to just live in Nashville and focus solely on this album. I wrote every day and went about forming my band here to record with. We tracked the album live to tape over three days at Sound Emporium Studios then mixed and overdubbed at Alex the Great. To finish it all off I re-recorded the final track from the album ‘Home to you’ as a duet with Erin Rae down at High Cotton Studios.

How did the process of putting together this album differ from your previous releases?

Well I’ve never written an album between two countries on the opposite side of the world before, so that was fun. I put my band together here and we fleshed out all of the songs in my jam space for a few months in the lead up to recording. I wanted there to be a balance of having the songs down, but not over rehearsed to the point that we were going in and just playing our parts, there had to still be that element of spontaneity. More than anything I wanted this record to sound and feel like a band in a room, for the listener to be able to close their eyes and hear each player, so we focused on getting the best performance of each song then moving on. My band was badass and I trusted them fully. Alex Munoz produced and played guitar, he came onboard a month or so out from recording and really owned it.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

Just the level of musicianship here is insane. It’s such a concentration of artists and musicians in East Nashville and everyone is on a level and down to help one another. To be a part of this community is very inspiring and I know it’s bled into my music.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

A lot of my inspiration comes from my lived experiences. Living the life of a touring/working musician, the trials and triumphs that go with that. The constant movement, the restlessness that’s always been a part of my make up. In my own way I’m just trying to make sense of it all, music has always allowed me to do that.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, absolutely. My third studio album ‘Patterns’ comes out September 27th through Soundly music and I’ll be hitting the road on the back of it’s release.

What else is happening next in Josh’s world?

I’ve got a few more singles coming out from the album before it’s release, then I plan on touring a lot over the coming few years. Being from Australia I’ve not toured and performed much in the US, so I’m very excited to hit the road and find my people all around the country.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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