Alexander Joseph is a musician with an interesting sound to his music. I recently reviewed the track Firefly (Alternate Version) and loved it, so I wanted to have a chat with him. Read on below to see how we got on!
By Jane Howkins
You recently released a track titled Firefly (Alternate Version), which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?
Firefly was originally written as a dance track, however I wanted to give my guitars and vocals the opportunity to drive the song more, so created an alternate version with my long-term producer, Aron Bicskey. The song is about holding onto our light during the darker moments in life, so I hope the words might be an encouragement to those who hear them during these unpredictable times.
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
Not really – I managed to release my second EP Broken But Beautiful, which took inspiration from my experiences of fatherhood, the loss of my grandmother, the reassuring influence of my faith and the need for perseverance through challenging times. I also collaborated with the talented Tashara Forrest on a single called Make a Stand, which was released towards the end of lockdown and looks to the future with hope and optimism that better days are on their way.
Alongside making music, I also coach on the British wheelchair tennis programme and was kept busy during lockdown ensuring our players had appropriate physical training programmes to complete at home whilst the tennis tour was postponed.
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
I tend to start by picking up my guitar or sitting behind the old upright piano at home and playing around with chord sequences. If I like what I hear, I’ll start humming potential vocal melodies and click record on the voice memos app! Then comes the most important part for me – choosing what the song is about and selecting lyrics to tell the story in an interesting way, which will hopefully take the listener (and me) on a memorable journey. Once I’ve finished writing a song, I love taking it to Aron’s studio and bringing in other musicians to help it grow and mature into something I’m excited to share with the world!
Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?
I’m considering releasing an acoustic version of one of my previous tracks – either Give It a Go, which can be found on my EP Anything Is Possible, or Summertime Compass, which was one of the first songs I ever wrote!
Have you started writing for an EP or an album?
I sure have! There are five new songs on the go, which I’m developing with some of my old pals who were part of a covers band I used to gig with. My aim is to have these ready to release on an EP at the end of 2022 and if you’d like to support the process or find out more head over to https://rocketfuelhq.com/alexanderjoseph
What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?
Growing up I listened to a lot of Oasis, Radiohead, Athlete and Coldplay, as well as a range of hip hop, R&B and garage music, which I’m sure has influenced my style today in one way or another. My songs are generally inspired by the rollercoaster of life, and I’m committed to releasing music with uplifting and heartfelt messages. Recently I’ve been enjoying new material from Liam Gallagher and the awesome albums from Morgan Wade, Kodaline, Bastille, Mumford & Sons, Joshua Luke Smith and Bear’s Den.
Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?
Ashby De La Zouch, which is a small historic market town in the Midlands of the UK. The music scene is small in Ashby, but with Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and Birmingham all close by, we’re not short of great venues to perform or watch live music in!
Do you have any tour dates lined up?
Not right now.
What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?
I tend to perform my songs acoustically alongside one or two other musicians within smaller venues, so you’ll get an intimate experience and hear some of the stories behind the tracks!
Any last words for the fans?
A huge thank you for listening to and supporting my music! It would be a lonely business without you and many of my songs wouldn’t exist in their current form if it wasn’t for your generosity on Rocketfuel. I write music to connect with people, so please get in touch and let me know how I’m getting on!