GET TO KNOW: John Joseph
After establishing himself with a wealth of mesmerising efforts these last few years, Manchester-based artist John Joseph returns to the fold once again with his glittering new single 'Dreamy Boy'.
Capturing more of the warm and riveting alt-pop sound he is quickly earning a reputation for, 'Dreamy Boy' makes for a beautifully bright and shimmering listen. With his sweet and immersive voice layered across a soaring production from start to finish, he is returning with one of his most impactful cuts to date here.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
I remember listening for the first time to Regina Spektor, the Begin to Hope album, and instantly connecting with her storytelling. It felt like I was meant to discover her songs. Her original musicality has been a big inspiration for my own music, I love how she sounds so wholly herself. I am still a huge fan today and I’m excited to see her perform in London on the 16th of July.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
My dad was in bands, so with that influence it was only natural that I myself joined a band. I have been in two bands, one heavy rock and the other light rock, both a learning curve in creativity distribution and working with other influences.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
Since being more open with my sexuality, I feel like it’s almost been a superpower for my writing. For so long I felt like I had to imply who I am and the stories I’ve lived without being explicit, but that’s all changed. Dreamy Boy feels like the start of that journey for me, the songs have been pouring out of me at the moment and I can’t wait to explore what comes next.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Regina Spektor - Samson
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
Playing a sell-out gig in Manchester just before the pandemic. It was the last performance, but we didn’t know it at the time, before the world shut down, the crowd was electric, it was a special night. Manchester will always have the most beautiful live music scene.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
There’s so so many, I recently watched Glastonbury and Lizzo stood out for me. It’s the joy she has for her music, the crowd. I'd love to share the stage with any artist who are excited to be on any magical stage.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
If we’re dreaming, I’m a pop music lover, and I’d love to work with Calvin Harris, I think he always brings out the best in the artists he works with. I’m also still obsessed with Lil Nas X’s album, and reckon a collab together would be so much fun.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I’d love to be in a place where I have my crew of listeners, build a community, and tour the world to share my music with them all. And if we’re dreaming again, living somewhere with a beach.
John Joseph's new single 'Dreamy Boy' is available to stream now. Check it out below.