5 Minutes with Joshua Caleb

Joshua Caleb is a passionate creative hip hop artist fresh out of Melbourne, known for his impeccable street busking on the streets of Melbourne

If you live around Melbourne or wandered around the Melbourne CBD, then you may have seen an insanely talented dude on the sidewalk, its most likely he goes by the name of Joshua Caleb

Caleb is half-Irish and half-Ghanian and has been fervently following music from a young age and has been creating since.

Telling Triple J Unearthed his creative process usually begins with a blank canvas, then whatever comes to him and whatever he feels will propel his creation process.

We had a brief five-minute chat with Caleb about all things music, creativity and sweet vibes.

Starting things off, how did you get into music?

When I was a kid, my mum would play a lot of good music around the house, like Etta James, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and countless other greats.

Are you self-taught or did you get lessons?

I’m self-taught, I learn by failing.

What are some of your biggest musical influences and why?

Andre 3000, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Frank Ocean, that’s a few. I find these artists influential because of the emotion and authenticity I hear within their music.

What is your creative process when creating a new tune?

I start with a blank canvas and let the emotion within the sounds take me on a journey, it’s a vibe.

Where do you get most of your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from the less inspired. I want to uplift and see those around me create and live a fulfilling life.

What is it like performing on the streets of Melbourne?

Life is what you make it, for me, performing on the streets of Melbourne is a beautiful and exciting experience every time. Seeing people connect with your music on a deeper level is a feeling unparalleled.

What tips do you have for those wanting to busk or get heard as a musician on the street?

Get the equipment, contact Melbourne council, enquire about a busking and start.

 What’s been one of the biggest challenges in your music career so far?


 How would you describe your music?
It’s a vibe.

Why is music important to you?

Because I know how powerful it can be. Music is the reason I’m still here.

 Finally, where do you hope to take your music into the future?

Where ever it allows me to go, god willing.

To hear all of Joshua’s lush tunes, plus his latest single ‘When the Mirror Talks’ go hit up his Spotify.



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