“Riptide” singer/songwriter Vance Joy says that even though his music leans in the indie folk end of the spectrum, he learned how to write tunes and experiment with song structures from metal legends Metallica. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Joy said, “(A song) can be whatever. As long as you’re feeling like this is a cool thing, I think people will go that journey with you.”

  • Since wrapping his “Fire And The Flood” tour, the musician has been preparing the follow-up to his 2014 debut Dream Your Life Away.
  • Vance Joy’s first single, “Riptide,” spent five weeks at Number One on Alternative radio before crossing over to pop and other formats, where it became a massive hit.
  • The video for “Riptide” has received more than 123 million views at YouTube.


  • Vance Joy’s real name is James Keogh and he hails from Melbourne, Australia.
  • His stage name comes from the Australian story “Bliss,” written by Peter Carey.
  • His first EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing, came out in March 2013, followed by his debut album last September.
  • Joy played semi-professional soccer in Australia’s Victorian Football League in 2008 and 2008 before giving it up for a career in music.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for “Riptide”: