An Interview with The Promising R&B Singer, Joshua Rosser On His Future Music Goals, Why LA is The Place For Him and A Lot More!
Posted On 24 Nov 2014
Tag: "Casual Affair", ASTR, Atlanta, Beyonce, Blac Elvis, Bruno Mars, Centerstage, Ciara, Common, Emily King, Harold Lily, I/O, Joshua Rosser, Keke Wyatt, Mario, Miguel, Paris Bennett, Raury, SOB, TeeFlii, Vinyl, Your$ Truly
Here at All Access, we love working with new promising artists and Joshua Rosser is exactly that! Based in Atlanta, this gentlemen is the real deal. He has worked with famed producer Blac Elvis who has worked with Beyonce, Ciara, Mario and more!
Learn all about Joshua in the following interview:
Can you remember the first moment that you decided you wanted to be a performer?
As a little boy, I always knew what I wanted to do as an adult because I LITERALLY knew every song that came on the radio and I would try to mimic the popular groups and/or singers at the time. Music just always seemed to be my truest friend.
What’s the music scene like in Georgia? Have any plans to move to LA at all?
As far as I can see, the music scene in Atlanta is flourishing. There is so much talent here in the city of Atlanta that people can’t help but to notice it. I visited L.A. about three weeks ago and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I would like to transition to the West Coast. The opportunities here are vast but I think the atmosphere would change for the better if I were based in L.A.
Tell me about your music career thus far?
In 2011, I got my first big opportunity to work with famed producer Blac Elvis (Beyonce, Ciara, Mario, etc). It was actually funny how it happened because one his producers put an ad on Craigslist saying that they were looking for songwriters. I didn’t have much recorded material at the time so I just sent a record that I honestly didn’t feel confident about. Within 5 hours of me responding to the email, the producer responded back and told me that I need to come to the studio that night. I ended up working with Blac Elvis and Harold Lily once the producer told them about me. From that point, it seemed like things started taking off for me. I also have done background vocals many people such as Keke Wyatt, Paris Bennett, and Common. Currently, I am just working on establishing myself not only as a writer but as an artist as well.
What has been your biggest accomplishment? What do you have your eyes set on next?
My biggest accomplishment thus far was being able to sell out a venue in Atlanta. I didn’t expect the amount of people to come out and show support for little ole me. Lol. Having that happen, it opened my eyes and it let me know that I’m living in my purpose. By the top of next year, I am scheduled to release my first EP. I currently have music that is available to the public but this EP will be something to show people the true side of my artistry. Nothing hidden, nothing fake!
What are the gigs like you have been performing at these days? Where would you love to be playing at?
I perform at local venues in the city. Sometimes I might even have my own showcases to expose good talent but mostly I’m always in the studio creating. I feel that more you create, the more you discover. I would love to have a sold out show at Vinyl or Centerstage. I think it would make my whole life if I headlined a show at SOB’s, which is in New York.
Living or dead, who would you love to work with and why?
Hmmm…good question. I think I would like to work with Miguel, Emily King, Beyonce, ASTR, Bruno Mars, and the list goes on. But Emily King specifically because I love her individualism as well as her professionalism. I got a chance to meet her when she performed in Atlanta and her spirit was so pure. It’s rare that artists are genuine on and off camera.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands have been inspiring your through the years? Any newcomers that you are currently enjoying?
R&N groups in the 90’s and early 2000’s were always studied by me. I’m a sucker for harmonies. Growing up, I had a lot of time on my hands so that was the best way to utilize it by learning for myself what I felt like no one could teach me. My parents were very traditional parents so music was always on the back-burner for them. I am currently enjoying newcomers like TeeFlii, Raury, Emily King and I/O who is from NY.
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with you (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
I remember in 2012 when I did a show that Keke Wyatt was hosting and all the performers had 7 minutes for their set. When I was on, I only performed 2 of the 4 songs that were to be performed. As soon as the 7 minutes came, they prompted me to wrap it up. Keke Wyatt came on stage and told me to take my time because she was enjoying my set. That was a surreal moment for me because she is someone who I studied and for someone to enjoy what God blessed you with is simply amazing.
When you aren’t writing new material or performing, what do you like to do for fun?
I work out about 5 times a week. I read and travel a lot. I also enjoy looking at old movies. Skating has also been apart of my hobby list since I graduated from high school.
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
When you listen to my music, I want to trigger some type of emotion whether it be feelings of happiness, sadness, etc. My music ranges from talking about being on islands to someone going to jail because he/she fought for “love”. So I always strive for that to take place by coming from a genuine place.
Anything else that our readers should know about you?
You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @IamJRosser. Also, be on the lookout for my long-awaited EP Your$ Truly, due out early 2015!