Josh Kroehn discusses his incredible debut EP Something I’ve Found
Since we first put our ears to the new EP by Josh kroehn, we were hooked. The Adelaide-based musician creates rich, textured rock tunes that go far beyond any particular genre, and the new EP titled Something that i found– is a perfect showcase of this incredible inclination.
So, fresh out of the release of the new EP, we caught up with the artist himself to discuss it, the musical influences and what the future holds.
Hot for the release of his incredible debut EP Something that i found, we caught up with Adelaide-based singer-songwriter Josh Kroehn for a chat.
HAPPY: Hey Josh, how are you? What are you doing now?
JOSH: Things are going really well thanks! I’m getting ready for my EP launch gig at The Jade here in Adelaide tonight (Friday October 11, doors at 8pm), and I’m just enjoying the fact that Something that i found is over there. I’m also recording my first full album which will be released next year, which I can’t wait to put together.
HAPPY: Something that i found it’s incredible! How does it feel to let the world know about him?
JOSH: Thank you very much, what I’m feeling right now is a feeling of relief to have reached this point, where I took the plunge and released my first EP. I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to supporting myself and putting myself out there, so it’s good to have overcome the self-doubt that I face quite frequently.
HAPPY: How does it feel to play these songs now that they’re out?
JOSH: I’ve been playing them at concerts for a while, but now that they’re out it’s great to know that people who want to go out and listen to them can do that now after seeing me live.
HAPPY: There is an innate power in your lyrics and your music. Where does it come from?
JOSH: I think it stems from my exposure to so many different musical genres as a kid, I really owe a lot to my parents’ eclectic record collection that I was able to explore. Learning the guitar at an early age instilled a passion for music early in my life and gave me the skills to perform the compositions I offer.
HAPPY: Were there any particular artists you listened to that inspired Something that i found?
JOSH: There were definitely artists who had an influence on my sound and my performance with the EP. The first two tracks Treated life and Here i’m burning were written when I was heavily into folk acts like City and Color and Bon Iver, but both songs still have the heavier musical influence of my youth, growing up listening to metal and grunge. A great game-changer for me was Ben Howard’s I forget where we were (2014), I had never heard a singer / songwriter album like this before and was blown away by Ben’s guitar playing and his approach to composition, as well as the raw emotions he has. exhibited with this disc. This record allowed me to experiment with different guitar chords, capo placements and effects that I had tried before, being a fan of Nick Drake and John Martyn growing up. I’ve also always been into more alternative rock genres like post-rock and progressive rock, so I think there are glimmers of influence from bands like Talk Talk, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, King Crimson and Radiohead which are some of my all time favorite bands.
HAPPY: How’s your songwriting process going?
JOSH: It always starts with a guitar riff that I offer, usually sitting at the end of my bed. I’m the classical chamber guitarist who just spends hours playing. The lyrics will follow, because I like the instrumental to speak for itself. I adapt the lyrics to the emotional state in which the instrumental puts me, which is generally a state of reflection on an event or a personal experience.
HAPPY: Why do you particularly like rock music?
JOSH: I think that’s due to its scale as a genre. There are so many sub-genres and variations of rock music that it doesn’t seem to place as many limits on artists as other genres in my opinion. I think artists of certain genres may find their creativity stifled by the need to stay within the conventions that come with their genre label.
HAPPY: Who are your favorite poets?
JOSH: I really don’t read a lot of poetry to be brutally honest, and I’m not a reader at all, actually. I am primarily a music lover and almost all of the poetry I consume is song lyrics. So if I reshape the question to who are my favorite lyricists, I should include Julien Baker, he’s a bit of an old soul like me I think and his lyrics have always hit me hard, especially on his debut album. Twisted ankle (2015). Talk Talk’s Jeff Buckley and Mark Hollis were both beautifully poetic with their lyrics, imagery and metaphors, I can only dream of finding some of the words they spoke.
HAPPY: What’s your ideal show if you could support any artist at any concert?
JOSH: This list could go on for a while, because I have so many artists that I have dreamed of supporting. But if I had to pick one, it’s City and Color, and the concert would be at the Sydney Opera House. The catalyst for me on this singer / songwriter journey was attending the Dallas Green solo show at the Sydney Opera House in 2014. It blew me away and I thought to myself that I want to play here someday. like Dallas.
HAPPY: What does Josh Kroehn’s future look like?
JOSH: Enjoying being an artist with a release under his belt and delivering the debut album I’m proud of next year.
Something that i found is available now. Listen above.