One of Australia’s favourite storytellers, Josh Pyke has announced a national tour next year – in support of his fifth studio album But For All These Shrinking Hearts.

The tour will see the singer perform on stages all around the country early next year, including a performance at the Gold Coast’s popular Miami Marketta on Thursday 4 February and The Triffid in Brisbane on Friday 5 February.

Josh Pyke says for this tour he’s heading out on the road with a full band.

“The last tour was a solo tour which was awesome fun and I loved it, but this album and the venues we’re playing just really leant itself to a full band,” he says.

“I haven’t done it for a while, so I think it will be pretty fun.”

The acclaimed singer songwriter released his latest work But For All These Shrinking Hearts in July this year, scoring his highest album debut yet when the album landed at #2 on the ARIA charts and #1 on the Australian albums chart.

Josh says the inspiration behind the album was his relationship with creativity.

“In the songs where they sound like they’re about a relationship between people, it’s loosely based on that but has a lot to do with my change in my relationship with creativity,” he says.

“As with any relationship over time, things evolve and change and so I wanted to highlight that relationship in the songs.”

“I like to make some of my songs more open to interpretation and make it broader so everyone can relate to it and they’re not just the pages from my diary.”

Josh says his fans are really loyal, with some of his followers attending his gigs for about ten years now.

“I think my core fan base seems to be people that are interested in albums as opposed to pop singles and they definitely seem like people that want to engage in lyrics and storytelling in songs,” he says.

“I’ve been doing this for ten years now and so far it’s been going great, but I’m sort of aware that you’re only as good as your last album.”

“You have to almost think of it as starting a game each time you release an album because particularly in Australia, it’s a pretty small market and you have to really engage with your core fan base as directly as you can in order to maintain a relationship with them.”

Josh says when he first started out it was really tough.

“I remember playing at a Melbourne Cup function on the side of a road in Darling Harbour and everyone was just walking through. For an hour we played and not one person stopped and actually watched. I felt like ‘why am I doing this?’, but you’ve just got keep your head down and keep going,” he says.

“At the end of the day, no one else is going to care about your work more than you do. It’s about self believe, determination and hard work.”

Josh says his favourite part about his job is the flexibility.

“It’s my favourite thing and my not so favourite thing, I haven’t been to a day job in 12 years which means most of the time I’m creating my own schedule which is awesome, but my personality type does need a bit more structure,” he says.

“I find as I get older I have to create structure for myself so I don’t feel like I’m just wandering around aimlessly and that can be a challenge.”

Josh says he also loves performing on stage.

“It’s the thing that has kept me going in this industry, it’s the best feeling. It’s one of the few times in my life where I feel completely present, because you really have to be focused on what you’re doing at that point in time,” he says.

“Most of the time I’m thinking about creative ideas in my head and thinking of songs to write, but when you’re up on stage you’ve done all that work.”

“When your fans are there and they’ve paid to see you play and listen to the songs you’ve written, it’s a magical experience.”

When he’s not touring, performing or recording, Josh spends his time hanging out with his two little boys, surfing and making home brews.

“I love spending time with my family and try to do that as often as I can,” he says.

And, “I’m pretty into home brewing at the moment and I actually have a beer coming out with a Sydney brewery in the next couple of months.”

It’s fair to say, Josh is one busy man!

Josh Pyke will be performing on the Gold Coast at Miami Marketta on Thursday 4 February and at The Triffid in Brisbane on Friday 5 February. For tickets visit www.oztix.com.au