By, Chanju Mwanza and Lorna Miri
Photo credit: Amy Lynn Photography
Josh Kay is an up and coming artist who aspires to create music and lyrics that many people will enjoy. Over the past year, he has been gaining recognition over youtube as more and more people realise his talent and begin to love his style. His songs like ‘World Within,’ branch out from the typical songs of his genre; With his witty and catchy hooks it is clear that one day he will become more than the mere online musician.
“Heaviness will never get lighter, but we can learn how to lift.” - Joshua Paul Kay
How would you describe your songs?
What would you say inspires most of your songs?
Definitely girls; and I feel like that will always be a big one for me. There’s been some new inspiration with these new songs I’m working on though.
What is the greatest thing a fan has ever done for you?
Given me a chance. Taken time out of his/her day to hear what I’m singing about and this one time someone gave me a painting they made for me with an inspirational quote on it that said “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” - Christian D. Larson.
Do you feel a song has to be about love to be great?
No. Absolutely not.
You recently released your new music video for ‘World Within.’ Who inspired this song?
Feels like so long ago already! Anyways, I wrote it for an ex-girlfriend of mine. Sad thing is; she never heard it until after our breakup.
Do you think anything could ever be more important to you than making music?
Definitely. Music just happens to be something that reaches out. Music changes people. I feel blessed I can engage in something I’m most passionate about that reaches out, and at times, helps people along. My biggest passion.
You did some modelling for Jawbreaking’s new collection; do you think modelling is something you would like to pursue as well as music?
Right now, no. I do have fun when I model though! It’s a great outlet and I’m a fan of expression.
‘Sometimes the unexpected pushes us ahead. Sometimes it’s exactly what we needed.’ A quote from yourself; have there been any major obstacles related to your music?
For someone like myself and I feel like for the majority of artists, every day is an obstacle. We’re our own bosses and we’re fighting just to get our voice out there, just to feel alright. Major? Yeah. Like right now. I know what I need to do to get out on the road, tour, play music, and meet my fans and new fans face to face. I crave it every day, but that takes thousands of dollars. Money is always the biggest obstacle.
How do you overcome the ‘money’ problem?
Working jobs I don’t enjoy very much so I can support myself in what I really love!
How do you think people initially reacted to your music?
“Here’s a twenty year old guy singing about his love life or lack thereof” I’m thinking people first judge if I have a good voice or not. Then compare my sound with another artist they’ve heard. Then they decide if I’m worth their time. If so, then try to get a feel for who I am and my personality.
What have you been doing to get your music out there?
I’ve just been tucked away. Feeling a little like what I imagine an author feels like when they want to dedicate themselves to a new work. A lot of soul-searching. Figuring out who the new me is shaping to be and how I’m going to show that to people. I’ve also been singing as I can to try and get my tender voice back in shape.
Would you prefer to be signed, or continue to work as an individual artist, with full creative control?
I will always need/have creative control. If someday the right person or people believe in what I do and want to support me, I’ll talk with them!
What has been your best musical experience to date?
There’s been so many fun shows and some neat experiences, but my mind is going to the days on tour with bandmates. Being completely broke. Driving through the nights. Breaking down. Washing our hair in sinks. Eating dry ramen noodles. Sleeping in the van. Those experiences sucked at the time, but now I think they’re the best memories.
What are your aspirations for the future?
Record an EP. Get my butt out on the road and play music again! I really want to meet these people I’ve made friendships with along the way through Facebook, twitter, YouTube, and MySpace back in the day and make new friends. I want to hear their stories, from them. I just want to travel, be goofy, and have fun. Be me. I want people to know if someone like me can, so can they.
You can check out more from Josh Kay on his Facebook, MySpace and web pages: