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. Hailing from the regional town of Gympie in Queensland, Aspy Jones is due to release his debut EP, early in 2019, which was funded by the Regional Arts Fund and the Regional Arts Development Fund.
At just 21, he has already checked off a lot of achievements, from winning Battle of the Rising Stars with his band Flintlock performing his original songs at the Noosa Surf Club to playing to 3,000 people at the Gympie New Year’s Eve Family Fun Night supporting The X Factor’s Dean Ray. Recently has entertained audiences in a duo with drummer Caleb Wilson at Peregian Originals and the Gympie Rush Festival.
His debut single ‘Hatches’ went straight to No. 1 on the Triple J Unearthed Overall Chart and also made the semi-finals in the Listen Up Songwriting Competition out of nearly 3000 entries. “I wrote it for a friend who was having a really hard time struggling with depression,” says Aspy. “I didn’t want to make the situation worse, I wanted them to hang in there, talk to their friends and focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.”
The second track ‘Madhouse’ also went to No. 1 on the Triple J Unearthed Pop Chart and was accompanied by a YouTube video based on his favourite kids TV show ‘Scooby Doo’. ‘Madhouse’ is a beat-driven rock song with infectious hooks and kooky lyrics which Aspy has dedicated to his quirky family. “When I was growing up, I thought that my family was slightly mad,” Aspy explains, “Mum always used to tell us to ‘act normal’ whenever we left the house but now I realise that most people think their housemates or families are not completely sane, so hopefully people will relate.”
Musically, his influences are diverse, from David Bowie, Billy Joel and Queen to Imagine Dragons, Macklemore and Jack Johnson. 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, “You can only ever dream of being that iconic.”