Joshua Batten is a modern-day troubadour, using music as his language to connect with his audience. Based in Melbourne, Batten's style of 60’s-70’s inspired bluesy folk-rock is characterised by passionate vocals, accomplished guitar playing, layered arrangements and insightful lyrics. Drawing on personal experience, his music provides both an escape and perspective in a complex world.
Joshua’s debut EP Searching For Answers was released in 2017. Reaching the top 20 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart, the record garnered critical acclaim and attention from radio, journalists and music fans across the world. Following the EP’s release, Joshua performed extensively across Victoria, with upwards of 100 shows per year.
Following the singles 'Hollywood Blues' and 'At the End of The Day' (the latter reaching #10 on the Australian Country Radio Chart), Joshua’s debut full-length album The City Within was released in April 2020. Despite COVID-19 halting touring plans for the album, Joshua maintained connection with his audience through weekly live-streamed concerts on Facebook. Over 35 consecutive weeks, Joshua played nearly 50 'Quaranstreams', with each show bringing in new followers from across the world.
Whether layering intricate loops in his solo acoustic show or ripping it up on electric guitar with a backing band, Joshua's live sets have resonated with audiences and made him a festival favourite, with solo and band sets in Bruthen, Echuca, Bendigo, Newstead and Geelong Nightjar. His other achievements include reaching the Semi-Finals of the Melbourne Blues Challenge (2018), playing live via satellite on James Valentine’s ABC Sydney Radio show, and opening for world-renowned artists including Russell Morris, Irish Mythen (CAN) and Neal Morse (USA).
Joshua’s songs strive to ‘know thyself’, by exploring genuine reflections of life’s most introspective moments, and then humbly offering them up as common and universal experiences. “I believe, whether we like it or not, we all live in our own bubble,” explains Joshua. “It’s up to us to decide how much of the outside world we let in. I spend a lot of time observing the city of Melbourne and the people who live in it, never really feeling like I belong to any particular group or clique. Music is my emotional haven, and it has given me a voice to try and break through the noise that constantly surrounds me.”
The City Within is available now to purchase, stream and download via BandCamp, Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon.