Deriving inspiration from a wide range of artists, including James Morrison, Brett Young and Justin Bieber, London-based singer and song-writer Josh Brennan is certainly a name to watch out for! His unique sound covers a range of genres and embodies an acoustic pop sound, along with hints of a country and R&B sound.
His debut single 'Monday' was released back in March 2020 and to date, has exceeded over 30,000 streams on Spotify. Since that time, he has gone on to release follow-up singles 'Leave With Me' and 'I Remember.' What is particularly exciting is that his career is only beginning, as there is a lot more original music to be released over time!
Here at The Lowdown, we had the opportunity to speak with the immensely talented Josh Brennan about how he has found lockdown, his plans for 2021 and much more. Keep reading to check out everything he had to say!
We've seen on your social media pages that you've been doing a variety of different covers and original tracks, in a segment called 'Josh's Corner.' What has it been like for you to experiment with different music sounds?
"I'm doing covers and originals (basically everything!) - in my little section that I call 'Josh's Corner.' It's been great! What I love about it is that like you say, you can experiment with different types of songs and I can really try and make them my own. A lot of my stuff is very slowed down and very acoustic, so to take a song which is so different and to be able to change it into my way of doing things is really enjoyable. Hopefully, it sort of showcases me to people that might not have normally listened to the type of music I do, because the genres can be so different!"
Throughout the lockdown period, you've released several singles, which is very admirable during the crazy times that we have been living in! How has it felt for you to get all your music out there and released?
"It has been tricky! I've had a backlog of music for some time that I have wanted to release. I also had a plan. I promised myself that I would stick to it, despite the lockdown, so that I would continue releasing music, which is what I set out to do at the beginning of this year. I can't go out and gig as much as I would have liked to and showcase it. Nonetheless, I've enjoyed the fact that I've been able to put music out and being able to share it with people. I've got some really nice feedback and I'm very grateful for that!"
Lockdown has inevitably been very difficult and has affected everyone in a different way. Has it been good for you, in the sense that you have been able to focus more on music and song-writing, as compared to normal times?
"Absolutely! I think I've made more progression as an artist in myself, if that makes sense! If lockdown didn't happen and everything had carried on as normal, I don't think I would have taken the opportunity to focus on different areas of my artistry that I was slightly weaker on or didn't know so much about. It's given me a bit of extra time and extra motivation to get up off my ass and do something with my music - it's been good!"
For anyone who hasn't heard any of your music, what words would you use to sum it up?
"You've got some slow and emotional ballads, with hard-hitting choruses. There's country, pop and a bit of R&B influences! If you mix it all in a pot, that's what you get!"
If things do return to some sort of normality this year, are you hoping to get out on the road and perform? Will there be an album released at some point this year also?
"First things first, I want to perform at any opportunity I get. I'll be looking to gig as much as I can and in as many different cities as I can, if possible. It's difficult because COVID is a factor, but I will look at what road I do go down and I will try and take every opportunity on that road! Whether that's an album or not...I'm not sure yet, but I will be definitely releasing some new music and will definitely be trying to perform in as many different cities as I possibly can!"
Finally, do you have a message for all who support you?
"Firstly, I am incredibly grateful to anyone who has supported me - old or new followers! I'm always open to speak with them. I'm really grateful that they follow and support me. My honest message isn't even necessarily about me, but keep supporting unsigned music and unsigned artists. We work so hard. It's such a tough industry. Just a little bit of support does absolute miracles! Whether it's me or the next guy, just keep supporting and I'm very grateful for it!"
Make sure you stay up-to-date with Josh Brennan on his various social media pages.
By Rachel Dempster
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