I grew up in the small Victorian surf coast town of Breamlea and picked up a guitar at an early age when I fell in love with music. Early punk rock influences came from the Fat Wreck Chords school of NOFX, Bracket, Mad Caddies, Propagandhi and the like, as well as the vastly different folk sounds of Paul Kelly, The Waifs, David Hosking, Loren and The John Butler Trio. After playing a few small punk rock gigs at and around school, I began to feel the pull of the acoustic world and started writing politically charged folk songs. I even wrote and performed a song as part of my Year 12 English assessment on the stolen generations.

Education has been a long running competitor for time with me, but after 5 years of various studies including Physics and Electronic Engineering in Melbourne, I've finally completed my thesis and got my degree in Renewable Energy Engineering in Perth. Although the split between the East and West coasts of Australia has made for some interesting inspiration, it's wreaked havoc with taking music to the next level, but at least now Ive satisfied the rational part of my brain sufficiently to allow my intuitive mind to fully concentrate on music.

Recently, I've played gigs at Mojos, The Norfolk Basement and The Swan Acoustic Lounge in Fremantle. On the other side of the continent, I've played around Torquay at venues including the Torquay Hotel, The Rose, Ripe lounge and the annual High Tide Festival as well as a support slot for James Reyne at the Wool Exchange in Geelong.

I try to maintain honesty in my lyrics, drawing inspiration from social, political and environmental issues around the world, blended with my own personal experiences to create a unique, powerful sound varying from upbeat reggae/dub to the raw, emotional sounds of folk/rock.

If you would like a copy of my demo, I'd be happy to send you one!

There are heaps more MP3s! CLICK HERE to download and enjoy them, it'll only cost a smile! If you're interested in reading my lyrics, they're available HERE. and click >HERE for loads more pictures! Click here for a video of Stilettos In a Life Raft live at Mojos (thanks to Hedda.) Finally, check out Hedda's Vlogs featuring my music, search for "Hedda's Vlogs" >HERE.

Sunburn Your Teeth
I'm gonna take what comes my way, if it's not my cup of tea, I'm gonna drink it anyway!

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The Next Step
If hindsight was 20/20, this song wouldn't have been written.

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Vicky YAY another talented aussie! :-) Wlecome to IAC Josh, you gotta put up another song! :-) Can I make a request? ;-)
Ash OH! here you are, Vicky mentioned you to me on my shout box on my artist page. I tracked you down. Welcome to IAC. your music is great. Thanks to Vicky! Gonna place you on an iac station, thats the lifeline here at iac. Station maddness. ha!
Brian Booth/Serendipity Lovely, lovely song, glad to add it here
brian (again) Thanks for responding - I look forward to seeing more of your stuff, please keep me updated
Vicky I'm swiping all the good songs your finding. :-D 'Drive' just went up at MJ. Yep, sadly it's true, I'm a musical theif!!!!
gina Hello Josh, I just met you over at Myspace yesterday and got your message on my S. soundscapes station, what an awesome talent you are, love your sound, I added your songs to 2 of my stations, all the best to you! - Gina:)
Johannes Hi - I managed to fit one of your tunes on The Hunchback. J.
Hugh Hamilton Hi, Josh - you're up on the Do-it-yourselfers station - thanks for stopping by - sorry for the delay, I've been offline lately...sounds good to me...take it easy...
Breithablik ( Hall Two ) Hi - I reserved a Chair of Honour for you. Hope you like it. Peace upon you - Johannes.
TheHouseOfTheRisingSun I booked a room for you - hope you like it. If you wanna check out I strongly suggest to leave your room in ruins. Peace upon you - Johannes.
brian (again) Hi - would you be interested in picking one of your own songs for this station? Just click on the link - I'd be grateful. Thanks, Brian
Vicky Hey Jman love 'sunburn your teeth' (great spirit!) :-) ...it's up at myspace station! :-)
David Justyn
* Your song 'Sunburn Your Teeth' has just been added to This is Australia.... station!
* Your song 'The Next Step' has just been added to This is Australia.... station!
* Your song 'The Next Step' has just been added to serendipity redux II station!
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