Tyne-James Organ had a big grand plan, but the last 18 months have "confused it" and he's back "bunking in" with his mum in Wollongong and no tours to take his campervan - but that is okay.
The 25-year-old indie-rocker is a "realist" and enjoying the downtime having spent nearly five years in Melbourne trying to forge a name for himself, but the pandemic has served him well and given him the time to complete his debut album, Necessary Evil.
"In the last few years, [my band and I have] ticked off a lot of bucket-list moments like [playing at] Splendour in the Grass, we toured every festival and every major city in this country, then we got to go to Europe," Tyne told the Mercury.
"Once lockdown hit last year and the world turned upside down I just knuckled down onto my album and ... here we are, I'm still in Wollongong and just cruising."
The first time he was ever on stage with his father he was only about three, but the memory remains as "plain as day".
"I had like, this mini plastic guitar that didn't work properly, and he got me up in front of like 400 people and I sang a song," Tyne said.
"It was in my blood, but just watching him onstage, even still, he is my biggest inspiration."
It wasn't until a decade later when a series of sporting incidents led Tyne to picking up a ukulele his dad had bought him, when he started to feel a calling.
He became engrossed in YouTube videos teaching him where to place his fingers on the tiny instrument, evolving into melodies and chords on a guitar and then songwriting.
"One day I wrote this song with my friend Damian, we spent about four hours working on it but by the end of day had we had a song," Tyne said. "It was like a lightning bolt moment for me and it's flipped a switch that hasn't turned off."
His love for music has all been off his own back with no guitar or singing lessons, nor pushy "show parents" - just a family supportive of whichever path he wanted to walk down.
The first song Tyne released professionally was, In My Arms, about five years ago. It was followed by the EP, Persevere, in 2019 - best known for the song, Watch You Go, written about his father who died from cancer in 2016.
Rikki may have missed the latest milestones in his son's career, but Tyne is forever thankful his dad got to see him play at his first headline show as a solo artist.
"We had 350 tickets sold and it was this really bizarre moment for me because I'd never put a show on and so I didn't know if we'd sell 10 tickets or if we'd sell out which we did," he said.
"At the end all mum and dad wanted to do was come up and congratulate me and give me a hug and kiss. Dad was very frail and couldn't get through so the audience made like an arch pathway ... it was beautiful. He came and hugged me and he was so proud."
The current lockdown for Greater Sydney has "put a cloud over the bigger vision" for where Tyne was headed next, but what will be will be, and for now he's enjoying playing golf and hanging with family until the storm blows over.
"I'm a realist, I'd like to keep making music regardless of how big or small it goes," he said.
"We're not living in the same world we were."