Born in North Carolina, rooted from musical genres of alternative rock, dream pop, punk, orchestral, and bluegrass. Since his beginning years, Josh always had the drive to entertain others. Today this mindset still resonates in Josh to create a dream-fulling experience for listeners and creators alike.
When did you start making music?
I started making music around the age of 5. The songs were super simple and had NO structure whatsoever, but I guess it made more sense in my head. It wasn't until I was about 12 when I started to actually sit down and write down the chords and try to maintain a melody.
What inspires your music?
Mostly personal experiences and encounters with interesting people. When I was younger, I would get random melodies stuck in my head so I would rush to the nearest pen and paper and start writing down the music I heard in my head. That doesn't happen as often as it used to, but when it does, I get really excited. As for the subject matter, I used to just scribble down interesting words or phrases and put them into songs and it would eventually become a full song. As of now, I primarily write about how I feel and incorporate wordplay that fits the mood.
How is it balancing school, work, and your music career?
Considerably easy. I practice every day in order to keep my mind on its feet as well as finding interesting chord progressions or riffs that I like. When I was in high school, I had a bad habit of putting music first over schoolwork, but I would say it worked out all right in the end. Work on the other hand does take a lot of time away from me, but I really can't complain since it's funding my passion.
Do you have a favorite song of yours that you like to perform live?
I have a few originals and covers that I really enjoy playing live. I know a lot of people get a kick out of "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra and "All-Star" by Smash Mouth. As for originals, I enjoy playing "Can't Get Away From You" and "Strawberry Moon". Both songs can wear me out since I don't get a lot of breaths in between singing, but I get excited to play them whenever I can.
What advice would you give to aspiring young songwriters like yourself who want to get their music out into the world?
Keep practicing. Every day, practice, practice, practice. They're gonna be terrible, but they are YOUR terrible creations. All you can do is get a little bit better each time until you finally create something you are satisfied with. Nothing really comes for free, so working hard always pays off in its own way. It may not be the outcome you want, but you develop something that you can never lose and that's what really matters. Do not do it just because you may think that you can become a success. Create and write what you love and enjoy, because if you do not enjoy it, what's the point?
Do you have any new music you are working on? If so when will we all be able to hear it?
As of now, I will be releasing my second EP by the end of June. I think this EP will be a bit more organized compared to the first one. As of now, you can listen to my first EP, "Lemon' de" on WKNC 88.1 and Soundcloud. I am hoping that the second EP will be a feature on 88.1 as well.
Thank you again!