Music Video: Josef Salvat - Hustler
Josef Salvat is an Australian singer/songwriter, now UK domiciled, who has been catching people's attention since he released his song 'This Life' earlier in the year, with his introspective lyrics and voice of fragile beauty exploring the frailties and vulnerabilities of human nature in a way that has drawn comparisons to Gotye and Lana Del Ray, saying 'the songs are my catharsis, my downtime, and it all comes out there'. He says of the atmosphere he tries to create with his music, 'I enjoy a bittersweet sound, so the music might sound happy but the lyrics are darker. I guess the idea is to make music that’s easy and pleasant to listen to but without having to sacrifice intelligent lyrical content'.
He was influenced by 'people like Sade, Art Of Noise and Depeche Mode...I think what I like is a mixture of raw acoustic sounds with synthesizers and lots of reverb, and that’s what you got on a lot of those 80s records', and says in terms of the future he is 'not really after stardom as such, but I would like to make a living from my songwriting and performing, just because it’s something I’ve always done and something that I enjoy doing'. The recently released follow up video to 'This Life', 'Hustler', sees Salvat reconciling his regret at his past with his hard to tame instincts, saying 'it’s really about anyone who’s got depressive tendencies, or slightly masochistic tendencies. It seems if your mind tends to work that way then you’re always drawn to something destructive, whether it’s drink, or drugs, or unhealthy sex. So really it’s about behavior that’s unhealthy for your head'.