// Josh Forner



Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.

Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.

He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.

Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.

Q&A, with Josh Forner

Define your genre in five words or less:

Folk, pop, blues, roots, adult contemporary

How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?

5 years now. I was inspired when I first enrolled in the Music Business course at NMIT Fairfield; being amongst other performers and knowing I had all these songs that were just... words - I wanted to get them out there, so I picked up the guitar one day and started putting music to them. Never looked back!

What are your favourite venues?

The Evelyn Hotel has one of the best sound systems in Melbourne; I've not yet played there but seen some amazing shows and even put on some good shows there. For the intimate settings, I'm a big fan of The Edinburgh Castle and Bella Union is becoming a new jewel in Melbourne's music scene.

What are your top 5 favourite albums?

Eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mother's Milk, Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen, Eels - Hombre Lobo, Any of Otis Redding's albums

Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc

Writing to me is very personal, but words are everything - it's what makes us human, it's what allows us to communicate and to even be inspired. Most things are derived from personal thoughts, memorable moments, sights, sounds - all those things. The words generally come first for me. I still have over 250 songs that don't have any music to them... One day.