Artists To Watch In 2015: JOY.


Australia is pumping out some seriously talented bright young things at the minute, so it comes as no surprise that Brisbane’s vocalist and producer prodigy JOY is only 17 years old.

Now I’m not sure about you, but when I was 17 most of my time and energy went into working out ways to sneak into gigs without being caught. Luckily enough for her, JOY probably doesn’t have to worry about dodging bouncers and sending in friends to unlock side doors. That’s because she is (or is soon to be) the one inside, playing the gigs that people are trying to sneak into…

After spending her younger years training in classical piano,OLIVIA McCARTHY  otherwise known as JOY moved across into electronic based production where here’s hoping she plans to stay.

It wasn’t too long ago that JOY had only uploaded a cover recorded off her phone, and now she has two singles under her belt along with a number of other achievements all within an impressively small time frame. Piquing the interest of radio stations like Triple J, as well as blogs both in Australia and worldwide, JOY is gaining speed with no signs of slowing.

Her debut single, titled ‘Captured’ released earlier in 2014 displayed a talent that caught the attention of many, kick starting her now flourishing musical career. ‘Captured’ boasts floating, dreamy sounds that compliment her soulful and smooth vocals and lyrics that highlight an established demeanor well beyond her years. Following on from her debut single, JOY has already gone on to release another track ‘Stone’ that introduces a little more of a down tempo groove to her sound, layered with the same whispering smooth vocals that have become so unique to the young artist.

Besides a number of goosebump-inducing tracks to her name, including an incredibly stripped back, jazz infused version of DRAKE‘s ‘Marvin’s Room’, JOY has also recently performed with Australian electro house duo PEKING DUK. Whilst performing their Triple J ‘Like A Version‘ in recent months as an opener to Aus Music Month, the duo invited JOY to show off her talents live on air, providing vocals for their original ‘Take Me Over’ and a cover of KYLIE MINOGUE‘s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.’ Pulling it off without so much as a hiccup just worked to further prove JOY‘s competence in her field.

The maturity and complexity within her production and performance makes it hard to believe JOY has only just graduated from high school. Seeing what successes she has managed in 2014, we can only assume there are great things ahead as she finds more time to focus her attention on what she loves, we can’t wait to see the results in 2015, watch this space.

Keep a close eye on JOY and all of her upcoming work via her Facebook and Soundcloud.

Words By Adriana Barro



Before I disappoint anyone, I don’t have a hobby and can’t do any weird party trick shit, but hey that’s still fine in my books.