WA based Dark Pop artist JOSHUA recently released his stunning debut EP called Albany.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with the talented young artist to discuss his new EP and much more!
When did you start writing music?
I started writing music properly in 2017. I’d been working on my production skills and after going through a really rough period, I needed to get it out of my system, and the only way I could do that was to write. Coming across artists like Lorde and Meg Mac, who wrote all their own songs about their own lives, really inspired me to get into it.
What motivates your song writing?
My emotions. I’m a very emotionally driven person and I tend to overthink things so I write about them to try and get them out of my system. Songwriting lets me say the things I can’t say in person.
What is the inspiration behind your new EP Albany?
I lived in Albany through 2020 and through it I learned a heck of a lot about myself. I had taken a job there as a sort of ‘try new things’, decided I didn’t like it and I wanted to sing so I really dove into my songwriting. All of the songs on the EP were written and recorded in my house and when I was thinking of the title, that was the main through-line. I’m living in Mandurah now so maybe I’ll do a sequel!
Tell us 5 words that best describe you as an artist?
Honest, brooding, complex, eclectic and relatable.
What is the first album you ever bought?
It’s either Usher’s “Confessions” or Fall Out Boy’s “Infinity on High” (very different!)
What is your favourite hobby outside of music?
Fitness! I started CrossFit 5 years ago and it’s basically the only sport I’ve been able to engage with.
Where has been the highlight of your career so far?
Releasing my EP was a huge deal for me! It’s so rewarding to work so hard on something with people who are just as invested in it as I am, so being able to make a small body work and build around it is the absolute best.
What is your strangest experience as a musician?
My day job is working as a relief teacher so having students I’ve barely interacted with sing my songs back to me is kind of strange!
What is some advice you would give to young musicians starting out?
Mentors! As much as being true to yourself and retaining your integrity is extremely important, I’ve found that having people I trust to mentor and coach me through all the different facets that being an artist involves has been instrumental in my development.
What is the plan for the rest of 2021?
Having fun! The video for You Make Me Want to Break Things is coming out soon and I love making music videos so I’m really looking forward to that. The songs for the next project are almost ready so just chipping away at that, and then just more writing!