JOSIE MAN

After the release of her latest single 'Cuts & Bruises', the Orpington-based artist speaks on  creating her debut EP, straying away from genres and her love for creating visuals.

You recently released the video for your new single 'Cuts & Bruises', how important are visuals to your music?


I want the visuals to always come from my brain first. When I write songs, visuals come along with it, so it makes sense to come up with what my heart tells me and then I loooove having added ideas from others.

Last year you released a string of singles, as well as your debut EP - what were the initial inspiration's for your single ‘Grow’?


I wanted to share my experience of turning hurt into a lesson. I think it’s important to be real and show that life has its struggles but there will be light in the end. 

What did you want to explore within your single ‘Just Me’?


I want people to experience self love for themselves. It’s something every human being deserves. Loving every part of you is a power we all have. 

How was hearing both Jarreau Vandal and Mele’s remix of ‘Just Me’?

It was amazing. I love both versions because they feel so different - I LOVE that!! I feel grateful that both did remixes of the song. 

"I think for me music is about release not about fitting a genre ..."

How was the process of creating your debut project ‘aLOVINGboothang’?


It just came together. I didn’t plan on putting them all together but they all have a similar theme on love and it felt right. I love love and that’s what I like to write about mostly. It made sense to put them all together.

What did you want to explore, musically, on that project?


All I want from my music is to help people and for people to feel love when they listen to it. And I think the way my vocals sound and the way the tracks are produced and mixed add to that feeling over warmth and love.

 

Is there a track on the EP that you feel best encapsulates the tone that you want to achieve on the project?

I love "4 in a row". I love how much it means to me. It’s more than just a song, it captures the love I have for my family. 

 

How important is it for you to create music that doesn’t adhere to genre boundaries?

I think it’s super important! I wouldn’t wanna block what comes just to fit a genre. I think for me music is about release not about fitting a genre so it’s definitely super important to me! 

"All I want is for people to release whatever they may be feeling and to be free."

"When I write songs, visuals come along with it, so it makes sense to come up with what my heart tells me ..."


Has learning the guitar helped you to expand in your creativity when it comes to writing music?

Definitely! It helps me explore melodies and sounds that I might not have felt if I hadn’t played an instrument.

What message do you hope to convey through your music, to your listeners?

 

All I want is for people to release whatever they may be feeling and to be free. That’s what I love about music. 


Do you take inspiration from artistic mediums other than music e.g. film/fashion etc.?


I take a lot of inspiration from people that I love. It makes me feel a lot, which in turn helps me write. 


How was creating the visual for ‘Grow’ and who did you work with for the video?


It was fun! I came up with the treatment and then passed on to the lovely director Nwaka, she GOT it completely and is a fellow Pisces so we feel a lot. 

Which artists first inspired you to get into music?

I have always loved Rihanna, I remember seeing her live, and just thinking the energy I felt from her was wonderful! I have always loved her melodies and visuals!! ​

If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would they be?

Gaidaa

Jhené Aiko

Rihanna

SZA

Tiana Major9

What’s coming up for the rest of 2021?


When this pandemic has VANISHED I’m ready to have fun, write more songs and sing live! I have lots of songs coming in the next six months, I might make another project and I’m HONESTLY so excited for these ones!!

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