An alternative folk artist based in Hackney, he has recently released a new single called ‘New Thought Leader’ from his album ‘Human Beauty’. It was inspired by Mel Gibson in ‘Signs’.
We got the chance to ask Joseph a few questions, here’s what he had to say.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“First and foremost was Nirvana. I had their ‘Live, Tonight, Sold Out!’ VHS and watched it obsessively. Then probably Muse. All the riffage big guns. Also – he has a horrendous reputation as a human being but I’ve always been obsessed with Billy Corgan. Then I got serious and discovered high art later on. I also really liked some cool stuff like the Eels. In fact they were my first ever gig”.
What has been your best gig?
“That I’ve played? Probably any gig where people are listening. As someone who’s spent a fair deal of time playing open mic nights, a gig where people don’t actually talk over you is kind of special. Also weirdly unnerving”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“My new album ‘Human Beauty’ came out last Friday June 19th. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s quite eclectic stylistically from some alt folk moments to more ubeat shoegaze influenced rockers. Check out my Spotify – I also think you’d find my video for the song ‘Epoch (for H.J.D) quite interesting. The song is all about outsider artist Henry Darger. The video tells you a bit more about his life – consider it an education of sorts”.
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Cryptic, intense, fun”.
What makes your music stand out?
“I like to write songs that are actually about things. So many modern bands have super washed out vocals and there’s no respect for lyrics in the songwriting process. That approach bores me. I love artists who actually have something to say thematically”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“Continued survival of the human race on an individual and global level. Maybe a gig here and there?”
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“The stunningly gorgeous press shots”.
I know it’s a bit difficult to say at the moment but do you have any gigs coming up?
“In a parallel universe, yes. BUT straight out of the gates when this thing is over I’ll be rocking out on a stage near you. In the meantime indulge your ears and check my record out”.
By Siân Parker