Drawing influence from reggae legend Bob Marley and rock bands like The Police, then tying it all together with his Fijian heritage, Knox is taking on the world.
In Fiji there is music everywhere. Everywhere that you go, from the churches to the shops, people are making music. It's also a very tourism-based island and because of that there are a lot of cover bands. I think that has influenced me to try to get out and make something for myself. I want to show the Fijians that you can make it outside of Fiji on your own.”
With so much musical inspiration flowing around the island, his writing process is stemmed from life experiences.
“I don't sit there and go 'okay, I'm going to write a song now'; that doesn't have enough of a real meaning. For me it has to be something that just comes to me, something natural.”
But it certainly hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for Knox, with more than a few hurdles in the path of his dream of making music.
“As a musician, people think you live really easily, but you have to be prepared for rejection. In a single year you can face more rejection than people do in their whole life.”
Knox always wanted to make a difference – and despite spending a year studying to become a doctor, music was where his heart truly belonged.
“It was difficult [for me] in the sense that I thought that my family might write me off of the family tree, because of our culture. My father did to begin with, but after about two months he understood. So that was probably the hardest part. I had to say, ‘okay, I am going to give this everything I’ve got’.
“I think that you need to throw your whole self into it. You need to ask yourself deeply, ‘is this for me?’ If it's just something that you're dabbling in or thinking about then it's not enough. You can't go into it half-heartedly.
“You also have to be good at it. It's not something you can learn. Yes, you can go and study music, but all that means is that you can play the guitar mechanically, not passionately.”
Knox Plays Byron Bay Brewery Oct 11, Nimbin Roots Festival Oct 12 and The Cooly Oct 13.