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Joshua J: “Making Sacrifices Along The Way”

High-flying Joshua J is the next name to be added to a list of the Netherlands most exciting emerging talents.

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Emerging DJ and producer Joshua J is quickly rising through the Dance music ranks thanks to his debut EP ‘Flowers’. The flying Dutchman took time out of his hectic schedule to sit down and chat to us exclusively about the EP, and all things Joshua J – this one is a must read!

Congrats for the upcoming release of your debut EP ‘Flowers’! Last week the lead single ‘10am’ came forward with a video. Can you explain your relation between music and video to us?

I’ve always had a big interest in film and audio. As a kid I would watch the big artists’ music videos and I would wonder how they were made so this past summer (2017) I decided I was going to figure out how to make my own visual content. I’m happy to be able to tell my story through both my music and visuals like video and photo, which both really come together in the upcoming Flowers EP. 

Today marks the release of the second single of the EP; ‘Worth It’. What is the track about?

Sometimes when you’re working really hard to turn your passion into your job, at some point you’re either going to lose friends, have to break up with your girlfriend or make some sort of other sacrifice. That’s what ‘Worth it’ is actually about, making sacrifices along the way when trying to realize your dreams and ambitions. 

Opposed to the EP title, the overall mood coming across is actually pretty moody. Tell us more about your influences behind its creation and your journey as an artist overall?

The EP is about my creative development as both an artist, producer and person this year. I started writing lyrics, exploring my own vocals with singing, making my own videos and visuals and I’ve tried to make this as visible and audible as possible on this debut EP. Music by Chance the Rapper and Mura Masa were two major sources of inspiration for it, and I’m really curious to hear what the world will think. 

You are still in school (same one that Martin Garrix attended), producing and creating your own thing at the same time. How do you combine all your activities?

That’s a good question! I guess for me it’s all about trying to create a balance. Luckily, at my school we get a lot of freedom and space to work on our own projects next to our school work. We can even link our projects to school assignments which, as a consequence, makes you almost see your own project as a school assignment. One you can develop, nurture and work upon! Guess the school really helps balance all my activities. 

You started out as an artist recently. How did you end up wanting to become a producer and DJ? What’s your background as a music producer? Tell us something more about your journey here. 

I started making music back in elementary school. When I was six I started learning to play the piano and discover to create music and melodies. When I went to high school I found out that there were DJ-ing classes available because Dutch DJ Tiësto used to go to the same school. I decided to sign up for the lesson, more or less as a joke, and never expected it to turn out to be my main focus today. 

Making your first international steps now in the scene, as a Dutch producer and artist, how do you look at the electronic music scene of today. Where do you hope your place will be within it over the next 3 years?

To be honest, I don’t listen to a lot of electronic music. My overall interest is mostly towards hiphop, always keeping an eye on the scene and its developments. I really look up to artists like Chance the Rapper, Noname and Post Malone. Although I just started out, it’s definitely a dream of mine to be able to tour the world with my own music, in the form of a live set. Being able to tell my story through my music and visuals and constantly grow and develop as an artist would be the dream.. so fingers crossed!

What can we expect of Joshua J in 2018? Any new year’s resolutions? 

Well hopefully to continue the journey I have started so far. Hopefully, in 2018 I’m going to do a lot more with my own vocals, create new music and perhaps set up some wicked collaborations with other talents in the scene. Furthermore, I’m also planning on making more visual content for my own music. So overall, many exciting things ahead, definitely stay tuned! J

Check out ‘Flowers EP’ here

For more information on Joshua J:
https://www.facebook.com/joshua.janse
https://soundcloud.com/joshuajmusic
https://www.instagram.com/joshuaj_music

Joshua J.

Emerging DJ and producer Joshua J is quickly rising through the Dance music ranks thanks to his debut EP ‘Flowers’. The flying Dutchman took time out of his hectic schedule to sit down and chat to us exclusively about the EP, and all things Joshua J – this one is a must read!

Congrats for the upcoming release of your debut EP ‘Flowers’! Last week the lead single ‘10am’ came forward with a video. Can you explain your relation between music and video to us?

I’ve always had a big interest in film and audio. As a kid I would watch the big artists’ music videos and I would wonder how they were made so this past summer (2017) I decided I was going to figure out how to make my own visual content. I’m happy to be able to tell my story through both my music and visuals like video and photo, which both really come together in the upcoming Flowers EP. 

Today marks the release of the second single of the EP; ‘Worth It’. What is the track about?

Joshua J.

Sometimes when you’re working really hard to turn your passion into your job, at some point you’re either going to lose friends, have to break up with your girlfriend or make some sort of other sacrifice. That’s what ‘Worth it’ is actually about, making sacrifices along the way when trying to realize your dreams and ambitions. 

Opposed to the EP title, the overall mood coming across is actually pretty moody. Tell us more about your influences behind its creation and your journey as an artist overall?

Joshua J.

The EP is about my creative development as both an artist, producer and person this year. I started writing lyrics, exploring my own vocals with singing, making my own videos and visuals and I’ve tried to make this as visible and audible as possible on this debut EP. Music by Chance the Rapper and Mura Masa were two major sources of inspiration for it, and I’m really curious to hear what the world will think. 

You are still in school (same one that Martin Garrix attended), producing and creating your own thing at the same time. How do you combine all your activities?

Joshua J.

That’s a good question! I guess for me it’s all about trying to create a balance. Luckily, at my school we get a lot of freedom and space to work on our own projects next to our school work. We can even link our projects to school assignments which, as a consequence, makes you almost see your own project as a school assignment. One you can develop, nurture and work upon! Guess the school really helps balance all my activities. 

You started out as an artist recently. How did you end up wanting to become a producer and DJ? What’s your background as a music producer? Tell us something more about your journey here. 

Joshua J.

I started making music back in elementary school. When I was six I started learning to play the piano and discover to create music and melodies. When I went to high school I found out that there were DJ-ing classes available because Dutch DJ Tiësto used to go to the same school. I decided to sign up for the lesson, more or less as a joke, and never expected it to turn out to be my main focus today. 

Making your first international steps now in the scene, as a Dutch producer and artist, how do you look at the electronic music scene of today. Where do you hope your place will be within it over the next 3 years?

Joshua J.

To be honest, I don’t listen to a lot of electronic music. My overall interest is mostly towards hiphop, always keeping an eye on the scene and its developments. I really look up to artists like Chance the Rapper, Noname and Post Malone. Although I just started out, it’s definitely a dream of mine to be able to tour the world with my own music, in the form of a live set. Being able to tell my story through my music and visuals and constantly grow and develop as an artist would be the dream.. so fingers crossed!

What can we expect of Joshua J in 2018? Any new year’s resolutions? 

Joshua J.

Well hopefully to continue the journey I have started so far. Hopefully, in 2018 I’m going to do a lot more with my own vocals, create new music and perhaps set up some wicked collaborations with other talents in the scene. Furthermore, I’m also planning on making more visual content for my own music. So overall, many exciting things ahead, definitely stay tuned! J

Check out ‘Flowers EP’ here

For more information on Joshua J:
https://www.facebook.com/joshua.janse
https://soundcloud.com/joshuajmusic
https://www.instagram.com/joshuaj_music

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