Joy helps keep Aussie music coming

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First Posted: 10/28/2014

Taylor Swift covered Vance Joy’s single “Riptide” during a recent appearance on BBC Radio in the UK. Joy, a 26 year-old singer/songwriter from Australia, posted a video of the performance on his Facebook page along with, “There is a lot of emotion and joy in this cover. Thank you Taylor Swift.”

And in perhaps another sign of his appreciation, Joy told me Monday on “Ralphie Tonight” that he preordered Swift’s new album, 1989. At the time we spoke, he did not yet have an opportunity to listen, but stated he was a fan of “Shake It Off” as well as “Out Of The Woods,” two songs released ahead of the album’s Monday reveal.

Joy also noted that, via his manager, he noticed an impact from the world’s biggest pop star co-signing on one of his songs.

“I saw my manager a couple of days later and he said, ‘There’s been a lot of feedback about the cover and… it’s kind of, I guess, brought the song in to a whole new field of people’s vision,’” Joy recalled. “I saw these big bags under (my manager’s) eyes and I knew he’d been working hard.”

But for the artist from Melbourne, the experience transcends the priceless exposure.

“As a songwriter, I just admire what a great cover she did,” Joy stated. “Totally flattered.”

The nod from Swift comes as the Aussie begins his attempt to break in to the US market. It’s been a good year for Australians, as 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sia, and Iggy Azalea have all enjoyed success in the States.

“We get all the American music, we get all of the music from the UK,” Joy began to explain. “The sound of Australia is a unique sound but it’s also very easily passed around the world. There’s no barriers to sharing music now.”

While Joy talks about the globalization of music with the same subtle confidence he exudes on his debut album, he is quick to mention that the aforementioned artists are big names, and is a bit hesitant to be grouped in with them because of that. But when jokingly asked if he or 5SOS would be approached in a mall back home first, the hesitation vanishes.

“Definitely (5 Seconds Of Summer)!” he said through laughter. “I definitely wouldn’t get mauled. I think people would be like, ‘Oh, is that? Oh, maybe not? Oh, he’s gone.’”

Joy is speaking from personal experience at this point, so the confidence is definitely back.