The perks of touring with Taylor Swift.
Melbourne artist Vance Joy picked up the prestigious ARIA award last night for Best Male Artist to cap off a stellar year that has seen him perform over 70 shows across the world in support of US star Taylor Swift's world tour and apparently, there are some pretty cool perks to touring with the biggest pop act on the planet.
Speaking in the media room shortly after winning the award, the 27-year-old admitted that one of the coolest things he has experienced on the 1989 World Tour was meeting US actress Julia Roberts, who appeared on stage during one of Swift's shows earlier this year.
In an exclusive chat with theMusic, Joy said those kind of experiences always make for a good story.
"In a way you don’t really care about who’s there…but I guess those are the stories you bring back," he explained.
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"People are like, ‘How was the tour?’ and I need just a couple of generic things to say like, ‘Oh, I met Julia Roberts’…you need to say one thing, so that’s my one thing that I rely on."
The ARIA win couldn't come at a better time for Joy, who will finish off his touring commitments with Swift in Australia, starting tomorrow night in Sydney.
"It was a long build up to the Taylor Swift shows and we played 75 shows with her," Joy said.
"It’s nice to be wrapping that up and I'm so grateful to her for having me on the road."
Next year, Joy will embark on a short and sweet Australian east coast tour with Brisbane act Holy Holy and he says he is looking forward to performing again in smaller venues after playing in stadiums this past year.
"I like intimate venues, but I think maybe you can make a big room feel smaller," he said.
"Arenas you can make feel intimate and I think a stadium is probably harder. It’s a great experience and sometimes I'm walking out and I'm like…I don’t even know if I'm connecting with this…"
"It's a unique experience and I don’t know if I’ll play many stadiums in the future, but at least I know what it’s like."
For more information on his 2016 tour, as well as Taylor Swift's Australian tour dates, check out theGuide.
Click here for a full look at all of the 2015 ARIA Award winners.