JOSHUA RADIN Opens Up About New Music, Having A Song on the Scrubs Soundtrack, Life On The Road and More!
Posted On 06 Jan 2017
Singer-songwriter, Joshua Radin has recorded six studio albums: “We Were Here”, “Simple Times”, “The Rock and The Tide”, “Underwater”, “Wax Wings” and “Onward and Sideways.”
On January 27th, Radin will self-release his 7th studio album called “The Fall.” “High And Low” is the first single out now from the collection.
Learn more about Joshua in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that we are well into the fall of 2016, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for you and your music? What are you most excited about for 2017?
It’s been a very exciting year for me as I decided to self produce my new album, something I haven’t done in the past. So I learned a lot about myself and how I like to work in the studio.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
I always loved music, and my parents played the Beatles in the house all the time. By the time I was 9 years old i owned every Beatles album. I was obsessed. But I never thought I could be a musician. So I started very late in my life. I’ve been playing music for 12 years now.
How do you think your music has grown through the years? What has changed about the way you create music?
I wouldn’t say my music has changed so much, it’s more about the lyrical content. I still play very quietly and sing with a bit of a whisper. I think about my albums like journals that I keep. Each chapter of my life becomes an album. Each song is a true experience taken from my personal life.
Let’s talk about your latest single, “High and Low.” What was the inspiration behind this song? How is your forthcoming collection, “The Fall” going to be different or similar to anything else that you’ve put out?
“High and Low” is a love song about my ex-girlfriend. We had plenty of ups and downs and i wanted her to know that i would love her whether we were up or down.
I understand that you took on the role of producer for the first time on “The Fall.” What was that like for you? Why did you decide to take that on for this collection?
I have worked with several great producers in the past and each one of them had a different way of working. So I learned a lot from each of them. I think I took a bit of each producer and came up with my own way of working. I just hope my fans feel I made the right choices. I had such a great time in the studio.
Your music has been featured in so many films and TV shows. Can you remember the first moment you heard one of your songs on something that you were watching? What did that feel like? Do you still love hearing your music on them?
It was the first song I ever wrote actually. It’s called “ inter” and the TV show “Scrubs” used it in a very emotional scene. I remember when it aired thinking, maybe I could try this for a living. I still can’t believe this is my life.
What if anything has surprised you about the music industry? What do you think has been your biggest challenge? And what do you think has come really naturally to you?
My biggest challenge has been learning how to live half my time on the road, and the other half at home. It’s a constant adjustment. I love this life of travel but many of my friends and family members have a difficult time truly understanding my life. So many musicians I meet have been musicians their entire lives, so when I meet them, I always feel like I’m a bit of a fraud, like I’m not really one of them. And everyone else in my life sees me as a musician, so I feel like I don’t really fit in anywhere, if that makes sense.
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music? Who would you still love to work with in the future?
Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young. Classic songwriters who know how to cut right through you with their lyrics. They make the world make more sense to me. I’d love to work with any of them.
When you aren’t performing, working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun? How do you unwind from it all?
I like to read, and most of all I like to walk around cities and take photographs. That’s how I get to know each city. Then I’m always looking for a great restaurant. On tour, it’s always about food.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
When people write me and tell me that they use my music for comfort, that means the most to me. Like when a parent dies, or they are going through something very emotional. High or low. Their wedding, their first date, insomnia. Any time I can be of help to anyone. That’s why I keep doing this.