We get to know Josh Tribuzio, a young up and coming performer from the Victorian capital who’s dropped an emotional debut.
He’s made the leap from TikTok superstardom (he’s got almost 400,000 followers!) to the music sphere with ‘Waiting By The Phone’, a track which showcases the young performer’s raw, emotive vocal.
And it’s a vocal that leads us to believe that Josh is a young man with a seriously bright future ahead of him.
So before he reaches the stratosphere, let’s get to know him a little in our latest feature.
01. Name : Josh Tribuzio.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne, Australia.
03. How did you get your start in music? My music career has only been short lived, I’ve always enjoyed listening to music since I was little, however actually creating music was never something I could even comprehend. But after high school I took some time off school and work to really figure out what and who I wanted to become. And my love for music and songwriting really took off.
In 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic I decided to take up TikTok as a hobby to sing some covers and merely have a laugh amongst my friends with making videos, however I grew a love for content creating and continued to push with my videos, posting as frequently as I could and trying out different things.
In late 2020 I was starting to think it wouldn’t ever really take off, when basically out of nowhere one of my videos started to skyrocket and end up hitting almost ten million views, and from there everything has escalated to where I am now!
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. I would say five words to describe me as an artist would be; storyteller, emotional, heartfelt, meaningful and deep.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. When I first got into music and songwriting I really didn’t know what kind of music I was interested in creating as I listen to many different artists ranging from Lewis Capaldi, who is more of an emotional ballad type artist, to Justin Bieber, who has a very pop-based sound… even to Chase Atlantic, blackbear and MGK who are all very emo and R&B artists.
But as I started writing songs I realized I had such a love for creating emotional and storytelling type ballads that people could really connect to and hopefully listen to for a type of comfort, knowing that other people are going through things that they might be feeling.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? My earliest memory is definitely my sister and I recording videos of us singing when we were like nine or ten to random songs that we had heard on the radio. We used to love making videos for people to watch such as our family and friends, and singing songs I guess has been something I have enjoyed doing for a long time even if I didn’t see it as a future profession.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Definitely my main three are Lewis Capaldi, Jeremy Zucker and more recently Olivia Rodrigo. All three make different types of music but are all in keeping with that same storytelling theme, usually with an acoustic or piano track.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? My favourite songs of all time change almost all the time, because I find a song that I love and play it on repeat until I basically cannot hear it again. But some that have stuck with me are… ‘Bruises’ – Lewis Capaldi, ‘Favourite Crime’ – Olivia Rodrigo, ‘You Were Good To Me’ – Jeremy Zucker, ‘History’ – One Direction and ‘Falling’ by Harry Styles.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? My bedroom really is just my go-to safe space for almost everything music related whether it’s writing, singing or just listening, so I would say my bedroom.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? When I’m feeling really energetic or need a pump up I definitely listen to Chase Atlantic who have such a raw sound of just heavy instruments and capturing lyrics.
When I’m down, Jeremy Zucker’s soft tone and subtle music really helps me through it. And when I’m in a good mood Olivia Rodrigo is someone that just puts me in a great headspace.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Funnily enough it was actually Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ album. The album itself just spoke volumes to me and I couldn’t get enough of it and still listen to it now.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. Fun fact would probably be that I have never had any vocal training or lessons. In high school I was more of a sport-driven kid rather than arts and music, so I never put myself out there and got any vocal lessons or training!
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Definitely either a primary school teacher or an AFL Player. Obviously two very different professions but I have equal love for both.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? I think to really just let loose, let your mind free and not care about what people think. I used to really let social media and hate comments get to me back when I was starting out on TikTok especially, but the more I grew the more I realized that, there’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like you or your music. That won’t change, but the way approach it can.
And ever since I really haven’t ever felt sad or angry about a comment online because ultimately it doesn’t matter what people think or say as long as you’re happy!
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Definitely my first performance which, funnily enough, wasn’t even planned. I went to a bar to watch my friends perform and they convinced me to get on stage and go for it, and lucky I did because that was where I met Marshall who I work with in the studio and has helped me along this journey to create ‘Waiting By The Phone’!
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? Probably meeting fans, which sounds odd. But I just never imagined myself having actual fans where they see you and come and ask for a picture. To me, it’s all still pretty surreal.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Honestly no one, like obviously to be someone like Lewis Capaldi or Justin Bieber sounds insane and obviously would have so many bonuses, but where I am right now with the people im surrounded by, I wouldn’t ever want that to change.
18. Tell us about your debut release. Well this is my first ever single. It’s called ‘Waiting By The Phone’ and it’s really just all about my time last year where I lost a lot of friends, lost my job, had a car crash and really was just losing sight of who I was.
I was in a place where I hadn’t really been before, and I honestly just didn’t know who I was becoming. My whole life had just changed in the span of about a month, and it kind of felt like everything was just plummeting to the ground at a speed that I could not control and I really didn’t know what to do.
During this time I decided to take up TikTok as a place for me to really just let my emotions speak and in that time I also started to write the song that’s coming out waiting by the phone.
When I first started writing ‘Waiting By The Phone’, I had a lot of anger inside of me. I felt alone, lost and really just vulnerable. But as the year went on I started to really just change the way I was perceiving everything, and through that I went back to the song and changed it. So I could then show my feelings from the past, to my feelings then and then to my feelings now.
This song is my story but I also want it to be a song that others can relate to and hopefully find their peace if they’re going through a similar situation, and even relate it to their own situation.
19. What do your future plans involve? My future plans involve releasing more songs so that people can really see my full dynamic and what kind of music I want to make. Other than that I’d also really love to collab with other artists and work with them on making even better music that they and I can both relate to.
Other plans include; hopefully performing more and conquering that fear of performing live, pushing myself in achieving even greater things than I already have, and even taking some time to really reflect on things that I have done and growing from them and being proud of what I’ve done.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? I’ve only done a handful of live performances, most have been live gigs with me and a few other artists where we all sung a couple of songs and have a good night.
However I’m hoping to advance from this and start performing at shows of my own at hopefully bigger venues. I also do many online live performances on TikTok and Instagram where people who follow me can watch me perform live in the comfort of their own home.