AFTER four studio albums and sell-out national tours, Josh Pyke still can't believe he gets paid to make music.
The Sydney singer/songwriter releases his new album The Beginning and The End of Everything on July 5 and embarks on a national tour in August.
The ARIA Award-winner still pinches himself to make sure it's real.
"It has been such a blur from being a kid working in a record store to getting a record deal to touring the world, to it becoming your actual day-to-day life," he told APN.
"I feel totally lucky and blessed to be doing this as a job. I don't want to blow it; I don't want to waste opportunities; I don't want to waste time.
"That's always my why life is running at a million miles an hour. The hardest thing to do as a musician when things are going well is to say no to things. What if that opportunity doesn't come up again?"
As a father of a young son, Pyke seems to have struck more of a balance in his life.
"When I'm home I'm totally home," he said.
"I remember reading an interview with Billy Crystal about when he stopped touring, and somebody said 'why' and he said he was sick of being 'uncle daddy'. That really struck a chord with me. I don't want to miss things."
Pyke said The Beginning and The End of Everything is his most personal album to date.
"I think that comes from having a bit more confidence after making four records to put myself out there a little bit more," he said.
"I still like to have the songs have a blanket of imagery and metaphor over them, so I'm not just reading pages from my diary. I want people to transpose the themes on to their own life.
"To me it feels like a book end of a really long chapter, almost like a sister album to (my debut album) Memories & Dust."
Pyke starts his 12-date national tour in Adelaide on August 16, but he said it's just the beginning of his touring with the new album.
He also has a special project in the pipeline for after the summer festival season.
"I'm working on another tour which we'll announce down the line," he said.
"It's going to be pretty special. It's something I've been wanting to do a for a long time, but never sort of backed myself enough to do it."
The Beginning and The End of Everything is in stores now.
Josh Pyke plays the Kings Beach Tavern in Caloundra on August 29 and The Soundlounge in Currumbin on August 30.