Joshua Batten is a modern-day troubadour, using music as his language to connect with his audience. Drawing on personal experience, his music provides both an escape and perspective in a complex world. Based in Melbourne, Joshua’s personal brand of Alternative Roots Rock is characterised by passionate vocals, accomplished guitar playing, layered arrangements and insightful lyrics. His songs strive to “know thyself”, exploring genuine reflections of life’s most introspective moments, then humbly offering them up as common and universal experiences.
Joshua’s live sets have resonated with audiences and made him a festival favourite, with appearances at Newstead Live, Bendigo Blues & Roots, Frankston Waterfront, Echuca Winter Blues, Cronulla Jazz & Blues and the Melbourne Guitar Show. His other achievements include reaching the Semi-Finals of the Melbourne Blues Challenge (2018), performing live on The Friday Revue for ABC Radio Melbourne, and opening for world-renowned artists including Russell Morris, Irish Mythen (CAN) and Neal Morse (USA).
Joshua’s latest album, Learn To Live Again, was released in October 2022, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. The sprawling 14-track album is an eclectic mix of songs that tell a cohesive story about the challenges and acceptance of mental health and neurodiversity, set against the backdrop of COVID-19.