NXNE 2014 Artist Profile: Joyce Island

Joyce IslandName: Lisa Joyce of Joyce Island

NXNE Show: The Paddock – Friday, June 20 @ 11pm

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Music Genre: Alt-Country, Indie-Folk, Rock’n’Roll

Year it all began: 2013

Quick Introduction: Hi! I’m Lisa Joyce and I write and record Canadiana music under the name Joyce Island. I’m a Pisces, I like gummy bears, bike rides, and being off the grid in the forest.

What got you into music? I grew up in a musical family so I’ve been singing and playing music ever since I can remember. It’s always been a part of my life. Can’t live without it.

What are your sources of inspiration? Life is my inspiration. As an artist, it’s always that way for me. My life experiences bleed into my songs – usually the difficult experiences. I’m also inspired by nature; being out in the wilderness on my own or travelling to new places far away. Musically, I’m inspired by old folk and country music – the stuff I grew up playing with my family as a kid. I’m moved by the rawness and honesty of those old songs and how they can stir up a lot of intense emotion in me.

Dream gig? Dream gig would be me playing the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with Willie Nelson.

Your thoughts about NXNE? NXNE is an awesome opportunity to bring artists together and put a spotlight on the Canadian music scene. I’m really honoured to be a part of NXNE and a representative of the west coast.

Interesting points others don’t know about you? I’m obsessed with narwhals. I’m pretty sure the narwhal is my spirit animal. Hoping one day soon I can play Greenland and go hang out with them in person.