Josh Weller wanted to be a pop star when he grew up.
In fact, all he ever wanted from life was to be a successful musician, just like his heroes, and sign a record deal with a major label.
And he did it… for about a year before being dropped again.
This one hour show is all about his love/hate relationship with the music industry. A tale of the ups and downs, the buy-ons and the brush-offs that make the industry go round.
Questionable hair and even more questionable jeans set the scene for what happens behind the industry curtain when a young twenty-something gets swept up into the business of show with high hopes, high writers and even higher advances that need paying back eventually.
It’s a master class in how not to spend your advance money, what touring is really like, how to ‘borrow’ from others to write your songs and how you can’t be bitter when someone does the same to you with (much) better results.
Scattered throughout are some genius music breaks, taking different eras and genres we know and love and playing with them to point out the problems and humour in each one.
The whole thing showcases his comedic and musical talent and makes for an hour that flies by while you are in his company. Josh’s delivery is amazing and he is totally at ease in front of everyone while on stage – a natural storyteller and showman…
Hey, maybe he should start a band?
Josh Weller: Age Against The Machine
Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Below
Until August 27