Every now and then, a local artist emerges who has an undeniable, palpable and infectious momentum, and 21 year-old Josh Cashman definitely fits into that exclusive category. Hailing from Gippsland in Country Victoria, Josh gave up a promising football career to pursue his real passion – music.
After relocating to the big city lights of Melbourne, Josh hit the ground running, immersing himself in the local indie music scene, and hasn’t looked back since.
Humble by nature, Josh began posting low-fi Facebook videos, skillfully interweaving layers of electronic textures and sublime loops with his acoustic folk originals. Word spread quickly, which saw the unassuming videos often reach 1,000 views within the first 24 hours. Josh took the opportunity to release his first single Running, in July 2015, to a sold-out crowd at Shebeen. He’s now amassed over 20,000 fans across all social media platforms, a number which continues to grow daily.
The unstoppable momentum reached new heights in October 2015 when Josh’s second single, All About You debuted at #2 on triple j Unearthed’s Roots chart, leading to support on the station’s Roots n’ All program, as well as community radio.
The demand for new music was overwhelming, and Josh headed back into the studio to record his third single Patience. Recorded at Smooch Records with engineer Nikita Miltiadou, mixed by Matthew Neighbour (Matt Corby, Missy Higgins) and mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering (Courtney Barnett, Sticky Fingers) the track explores the difficulty of being the one who has to end a relationship. It immediately resonated with both old and new fans alike, impressively climbing to #1 on both Unearthed’s Rock and Roots charts, and #8 overall.
“My first release compared to where my music is now is very, very different. I’ve discovered new sounds. I’m able to play different shows. I’ve gone from folk-reggae to a more alternative-folk path. I’m using a lot of synthesisers. The fun is always discovering new sounds.”
Packing out venues wherever he goes, thanks to his fiercely loyal fanbase, the gifted self-taught musician has already sold-out revered Melbourne venues including The Worker’s Club and Penny Black, as well as a residency at Ding Dong Lounge. On April 22nd 2016, punters lined up at Shebeen to see Josh launch his third single, Patience, with the help of his new band.
Having already broken into the Australian festival circuit last year, playing the likes of Queenscliff Music Festival and Nannup Music Festival, Josh is preparing for another heavy summer touring schedule following the release of his first EP later this year. He’s also locking himself away in the studio with lauded producer Jan Skubiszewski (John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire, ILLY) to keep the creative juices flowing.
“Nothing ever did nor will happen overnight, persistence and timing are everything,” says a hard-working Josh.
With a work ethic that comes as naturally as his talent, the sky’s the limit for a promising, exciting act like Josh Cashman.
“At only 21 years old, his journey is still full of grand and bewildering possibility, and his excitement for what lies ahead is palpable… Cashman is not only a friendly fellow to chat with; he is a talent whose evolution is unfolding as we speak.” – Adam Norris, Beat Magazine.
“The young musician from Melbourne, with his emotion-filled nature, is comparable to that of Ed Sheeran. (Patience) is a beautiful tune about moving on, made majestic with his falsetto-filled harmonies to end. A real stunner of a song, to say the least.” Sara Tamim, Vulture Magazine.
“If Matt Corby, in his busking era, and Mat McHugh of the Beautiful Girls toyed in celestial coitous, their celestial child would be Josh Cashman.” – Alex Medd, wickeddchildd.com