Get to know alter echo, a familiar face but a new artist out of Melbourne who recently dropped his debut single.
That debut single is called ‘make a break for the ocean’ and it’s ever so sweet. A charming ode of contentment, if you will.
There’s plenty more to alter echo’s story, however. He’s an accomplished actor and theatre performer too, see.
Now we’ve piqued your interest, best you get scratching the surface and getting to know alter echo in our latest feature.
01. Name : alter echo (Keegan Joyce).
02. Where are you based? Naarm / Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? I feel like I’ve been doing this forever – but really, I got singing lessons with the daughter of a man my dad worked with at a sheet metal factory.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Self-centred, self-assured, self-effacing, self-deprecating, selfish.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Well I grew up in music theatre, started writing sad folk music, and then I started exploring the rest of the sonic world on my computer and here I am.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Listening to ‘Eine Alpensinfonie’ by Richard Strauss or The Tinlids on CD.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Argh. So many. I studied Gregorian chant at the Conservatorium. Then I went through a big country music phase, folk phase, singer-songwriter phase. Right now I’m enjoying kind of indie/alt artists like Madison Cunningham.
But I’m not sure if these are influences or inspirations or both. I wish I could write and play like Madison Cunningham.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘Memphis’ by The Milk Carton Kids. It’s perfect. Lyrically, musically. I love it. Joni Mitchell’s ‘California’, Gillian Welch’s ‘Dear Someone’.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Lying down on the ground in the dark – large headphones over my ears.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : So many that overlap. Haha.
Happy? I listen to Wafia a lot when I’m upbeat and happy.
Introspective? When I’m introspective I’ll listen to James Blake, Milk Carton Kids.
Sad? Exhausted? I’ll listen to Randy Newman or Rufus Wainwright when I’m sad, and I’ll listen to Miles Davis when I’m exhausted.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? I think it was probably an Elton John album – but I can’t remember. The first vinyl I got was John Lennon and the Plastic Ono band ‘Shaved Fish’ at age 15. Don’t know why!
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I was dropped on my head as a child – that’s why I have a scar through my eyebrow. ALSO UNRELATED I write left handed, play guitar right handed, kick with my right foot, and use left-handed scissors.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I work as an actor as well already, so maybe I’d focus solely on that – but if it wasn’t the arts, I’d like to be a gardener at the moment.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Keep going.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Learning production skills and being self-sufficient. On a separate musical journey (I’m not sure it’s even part of it) I’ve been able to meet so many of my favourite artists in America. I have weirdly spent time with Joey and Kenneth from the Milk Carton Kids and thereafter met Aoife O’Donovan, Sara and Sean Watkins, so many people.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? Probably meeting those above. Also navigating my personality in real life, that of the characters I play on TV, and my musical personality and melding them in front of people on stage at gigs.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? No one except for the fact that I’d like to be travelling – so a musician on tour in Europe?
18. Tell us about your debut release. I released this work under a different name, ‘alter echo’, because it’s a completely new musical direction for me. More production, more me, more happy. I was writing it at a time when I was feeling pretty content with myself and my life while the world was feeling pretty broken. So the song is about coming to terms with being happy.
19. What do your future plans involve? I’ve got three songs that I would like to release in the next little while. And an EP next year. So… more music?
20. Where can our audience catch you live? I’m working on it. But if you do all the following/subscribing you’ll be the first to know.
WEBSITE : http://alterechoecho.com
INSTAGRAM : http://instagram.com/alterechoecho
FACEBOOK : http://facebook.com/alterechoecho
TIKTOK : http://tiktok.com/@alterechoecho
TWITTER : http://twitter.com/keeganjoyce
SOUNDCLOUD : http://soundcloud.com/alterechoecho
YOUTUBE : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCno_4D_A9nCP2wYieMPllAw