Artist Picks is a series we do where we turn the tables and ask artists for their current music recommendations. It’s a fun way to discover art that’s inspiring creators, rather than just hearing the opinions of influencers like myself. We ask the artist to list 10 songs that they’re currently listening to, tell us why they picked that song, and we put together a Spotify playlist with all of their picks plus our favorite song by that artist him or herself.
Today’s artist in the spotlight is Vance Joy, the man behind the incredibly catchy ukelele song “Riptide” that has garnered over 6 million views on YouTube and is among Spotify’s “10 Most Viral Tracks.” One day last year I asked fans of the Sunset Facebook Page what their favorite song of 2013 was. Multiple people picked “Riptide.” What these people and many other fans of Vance Joy might not know is that Vance Joy (birth name James Keogh) randomly decided to write a song while in law school, and the result was “Riptide.” Needless to say, the song was a rip-roaring success. Since then, the Melbourne-based artist has been named among Shazam’s “10 Artists Predicted To Break in 2014,” Spotify’s “Spotlight Artists for 2014,” Time Magazine declared him an “Artist To Watch,” and Billboard listed him as one of the “Top 10 Artists Making Global Noise.”
And perhaps what piqued my interest the most is that Vance Joy has been selected to go on a major North American tour with one of my favorite bands of 2014, Young The Giant. If you’re able to go to one of the shows when the bands are in your neighborhood, I would sincerely urge you to go. Vance Joy will soon be a headliner himself, so catching him as an opener for another incredible band is a steal. For full details on the tour and ticket information, visit his tour website here.
Hit the jump to see the what music Vance Joy is listening to and subscribe to the Spotify playlist.
1. The Cars – Just What I Needed
Just a really cool pop song that is unexpected but also expected in an instinctive kind of way – the chorus that I wasn’t expecting but it is so perfect that my body expected it.
2. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Sounds like a sting song. Has so much groove at the start
3. Matisyahu – King Without a Crown (Live at Stubbs)
I have always come back to this – I get chills at the end when he riles up the crowd.
4. Neil Young – Casting Me Away From You
Listened to to this on a plane ride from India – I love the melody.
5. Norah Jones – Sunrise
I walked in a park in Boston looking at squirrels to this song.
6. Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye
I want you to want me right now.
7. Teeth and Tongue – Good Man
This is a badass song with this off-colour poppy thing going on.
8. Arcade Fire – Porno
Got recommended this by my sister. It is rad and builds up and goes for ages.
9. Pharrell Williams – Happy
Because it makes my manager Rachael Happy, according to what she just said.
10. Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter
This is a really great music. I am touring with them soon and am excited.