Beechey keen to learn from industry experience

Joshua Beechey of Banjup goes by the stage name Beechey.
Joshua Beechey of Banjup goes by the stage name Beechey.

That is why he says he has a vision and he will stick to it no matter what.

The 20-year-old, who first shot to national prominence as teenage rapper-dancer ShortyD on music talent show Australia’s Got Talent in 2010, has made it his mission to work as hard as he can. Where he ends up is irrelevant.

‘I try to take things as they come and not get my hopes up too high,’ he said.

‘I want to release some more music I’ve been working on and hopefully release a project in some form, as people are starting to ask to buy my music.

‘But you never know what’s coming, things can happen at any moment.’

Beechey, real name Joshua Beechey, has spent the last few years writing music, performing and travelling to America for talent development projects with different people from the entertainment industry.

He has even recorded at Paramount Studios, which led to a chance encounter with Californian rapper and producer Tyler, The Creator.

While he remains level-headed it is hard not to be excited for his future, particularly after he opened for rapper T-Pain in Broome on October 11.

‘It was a crazy experience,’ he said.

‘I’ve been to plenty of live shows and been backstage but it’s a whole new dimension when you’re the one who’s gotta be on stage and be part of a paying audience’s entertainment.’

Throwing a spanner in the works was the fact it was his first time performing an actual set, and the event’s main attraction, T-Pain, had been delayed.

‘It was pretty stressful and nerve-racking but when you’ve got a job to do you have to pull through and discipline your mind into the most focussed state possible,’ he said.

‘You have to be prepared for those types of situations and you’ve got to have extra material for emergencies.’

While good things came from the extended set, he said there is still work to do.

‘I’ve definitely learnt a lot from the little taste of the industry I’ve had,’ he said.

‘I’ve learnt respect goes a long way and if you treat people like the equal beings they are, then it becomes a lot easier to receive help and support.

‘You need to stay true to your vision and to your instincts and what you know deep down is what you think you should be doing.

‘It’s a tough industry and will eat you alive.’

Beechey is hoping for more gigs around Perth before eventually getting over to the eastern states.

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