Sydney’s Josué popped onto our radar via a free download of his new single ‘Closure’ back at the beginning of December.
But he’s ready to press ‘go’ on half a dozen live dates along the East Coast in support of it, so we decided the time was right to roll out our eleven question in an effort to Get To Know him a little more.
01. Name : Josué.
02. Where are you based? Sydney, Australia
03. How did you get your start in music? I came from a musical family. We all play various instruments. We started playing music in church.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I went through many musical changes before I came to my sound. I was initially largely rock influenced when I used to write songs with my brothers. I then grew closely to folk music. I was always hip to R&B and soul music, however it wasn’t till I started seeing lots of live music that I gravitated towards R&B and funk. Jazz was always there in the background and was a huge influence for me. The sound I now have is a mixture of all those things as well as world music and impressionist pianists such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
05. Who have been your musical influences? There have been many influences. Way too many to name. If I could put it down to 5 it would be Tommy Emmanuel, George Benson, D’angelo, Earth Wind and Fire and Curtis Mayfield.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘I’ve Been Trying’ : Curtis Mayfield, ‘One Mo Gin’ : D’angelo, ‘After The Love Has Gone’ : Earth Wind and Fire, ‘Give It To Me Baby’ : Rick James, ‘Sex Machine’ : James Brown, ‘Heart Shaped Box’ : Nirvana, ‘Everlong’ : Foo Fighters.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I had a promising career in skateboarding before I decided to be a musician. My brother and I competed and won many competitions.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Walk to the beat of your own heart, march to the beat of your own drum, play what you feel, feel what you play.
09. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Closure’ is a song that can easily be tied to a heart break experience. And in some ways it is. However the true objective of the song is to describe the feeling of needing closure rather than an experience that needs closure.
10. What do your future plans involve? Continue to play music.
11. Where can our audience catch you live?
Jan 20 : Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle
Jan 21 : Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
Jan 22 : Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane
Jan 23 : Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay
Jan 24 : Ric’s Bar, Brisbane
Feb 03 : The Vanguard, Sydney
WEBSITE : www.josuevmusic.wordpress.com
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/Josuevmusic
TWITTER : www.twitter.com/JosueVSB1
INSTAGRAM : www.instagram.com/Josue_vmusic
SOUNDCLOUD : www.soundcloud.com/Josuevmusic