Introducing your new best mate…
Aspy Jones is definitely an artist you’ll want to spend time with. Bursting with personality, his songs reflect a quirky sense of humour, a keen eye for life and an ear for song writing that’ll make you sit up and take notice.
At just 20, he has already checked off a lot of achievements, from winning Battle of the Rising Stars with his band Flintlock at the Noosa Surf Club to playing to 3,000 people at the Gympie New Year’s Eve Family Fun Night alongside The X Factor’s Dean Ray. He has also been the recipient of grants from the Queensland Government’s Regional Arts Fund and Regional Arts Development Fund.
Aspy Jones is definitely a prolific songwriter, “I constantly find myself scrawling lyrics on the back of beer mats and napkins or singing new melodies into my phone,” he says.
Aspy Jones grew up in a family of four kids in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Gympie after moving to Australia from Wales when he was eight. With a cop for a dad and a primary school teacher mum, he was a well behaved kid, he reckons. “I had to be with those parents!” he jokes. “But they will probably tell you a very different story”.
Aspy Jones decided to take his musical career seriously when he realised the early mornings of his bakery apprenticeship and late nights gigging did not mix. The first song he wrote was I Hate My Job, which has become a relatable favourite at gigs.
Regularly seen on stages in and around the Sunshine Coast, Aspy Jones is keen to take his music to the rest of Australia and beyond. Recently, working as a stage hand at Byron Bay Bluesfest, he got the chance to witness his dreams close up. “I had an amazing opportunity to stand on the side of the stage and watch really big artists and just look at their audience and feel what they’re feeling and get a sense of that’s what I really want to do,” he says. Another surreal moment was performing at a citizenship ceremony on Australia Day on the same stage he received his citizenship eight years ago.
Musically, his influences are diverse, from David Bowie, Billy Joel and Queen to Ed Sheeran, Jack Johnson and The 1975. Whenever he’s unsure where his music might fit, he thinks of other trailblazing artists. “People like David Bowie, Bob Dylan or Freddie Mercury. They had to teach an entire world to love them because their sound was so different,” he says.
Billy Joel gets a nod in a couple of his songs and one thing he likes about the singer is his ability to tell a story. It’s a trait he has in his own song writing, with songs that have both depth and humour. “I think to be without a sense of humour in this world is like shooting yourself in the foot. There’s an amazing quote I harp back to, not from music or comedy, but actually from Dr Seuss. ‘Earth. You don’t have to be crazy to live here, but it helps.'"
Aspy Jones is also a passionate vinyl collector and comics lover. He’s that guy guaranteed to be in line at the midnight premiere of a superhero movie, he assures us. And he also doesn’t mind being in front of a camera. He has been getting his songs out there making fun videos with a little help from his friends. Now he’s excited to bring his talent to a wider audience.
“Music’s everything to me,” he says. “It’s an amazing way to express yourself. Definitely people can’t do without it – often they’ll be listening to music in the mornings in the shower or on the way to work and it can be just as important as having breakfast really because it can put you in a really good mindset for the day.”
"Spend some time in the company of Aspy Jones and you’ll be glad you did." Sally Browne, former journalist for The Courier-Mail
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