Youthful but world-wise South London singer Josie Man makes music that’s each constructive and highly effective.
Her newest single Develop delves into discovering the silver lining even inside damage and rising from it because the hypnotic performers weave her pursuits in crystals, energies, and spirituality into poignant narratives of honesty and acceptance. From her debut single Colors in 2019 to now, Josie has risen shortly but steadily having launched her debut EP Child Pink & Blue in early 2020 and supporting Beabadoobee at her South London AMP dwell present.
Josie’s music comes straight from her coronary heart and wraps listeners in its comforting, encouraging messages that stand-out for its capacity to search out magnificence in every part. With gratitude and self-confidence as cornerstones of her musical creativity, Josie desires folks to know that they’re by no means alone of their experiences. In dialog with 1883, the rising star delves into her musical journey, writing introspective lyricism that concurrently strikes a chord, what spirituality means to her, her motto in life, and about her love for trend and tattoos.
What’s the message and inspiration behind your newest single Develop?
The observe was written over a yr in the past now nevertheless it was going to go on my first EP nevertheless it simply wasn’t prepared at that time. The message is to say you will get by way of arduous occasions and also you’ll develop from that state of affairs. I believe it’s actually vital to be hopeful as a result of once you’re going by way of a foul time generally all you should hear is ‘you’ll get by way of this.’ I additionally wrote excited about how superb it’s to look again at these occasions and see how a lot you’ve grown.
This theme of rising out of your damage may be very relatable. Typically, would you say your music is extra introspective or do you have a tendency to attract from the world round you?
I prefer to look into my very own experiences and write them in a manner that different folks can relate to it. I really feel there’s one thing actually comforting about somebody going by way of one thing much like us. It makes you are feeling such as you’re not alone.
The observe and video appear to have many parts of spirituality akin to discussions of vitality, crystals, and many others. What position does spirituality play in your life and to what extent has it influenced your music?
Spirituality is an enormous a part of me. It’s what helps me get by each day and once I go to the studio it’s simply inside me so it sort of comes out in my music. It’s simply my manner of expressing my emotions. I categorical issues by way of my spirit, I really feel assured once I’ve obtained my crystals. It brings out one of the best in me and naturally flows into my music as effectively. It’s not simply spirituality however every part that I’ve realized in life, I choose up and take that with me all through life.
Just like your curiosity in energies and crystals, are there every other sorts of pursuits you haven’t had the prospect to experiment with but that you just’d love to do sooner or later?
Exterior music making my very own garments is one thing I’m actually interested by. For me garments are extra than simply about how I look, it’s about the way it makes me really feel comfy. It makes me really feel like me, makes me really feel like I’m being my finest self. I’m additionally actually interested by tattoos – I really like the look of them and wish them to be part of me. I can’t wait till I’m outdated and have a great deal of tattoos, as a result of it’d really feel like a journey.
What’s probably the most favourite tattoo you’ve gotten to date and what’s one thing that you just like to get tattooed sooner or later?
I’ve obtained this large tiger on my leg, and after lockdown I’m hoping to get a again piece from this lady who coincidentally occurred to be from the identical sound therapeutic session. I really feel this connection to her and assume getting my tattoo achieved by her will certainly imply one thing.
Your music may be very a lot centered round self-love, acceptance, kindness. It’s all about taking one thing that hurts you after which making it one thing higher such as you mentioned. However what was your journey to attending to this place as an individual and artist?
How I obtained to put in writing about what I do got here from me being a bit afraid to say how I really feel. However then as I turned extra assured to talk out I used to be in a position to write the music that Ido now. It positively took some time for me to really feel courageous sufficient to say issues about my very own experiences however once I noticed how a lot folks associated to it, I used to be in a position to really feel assured about what I used to be placing out.
Who conjures up you each professionally in addition to on a private stage?
Jhene Aiko actually places her vitality into her music and it feels very magical. It’s fairly uncommon to search out somebody who makes use of issues like frequency therapeutic beats of their music, it feels very pure and connects with folks. I at all times discover myself drawn to individuals who make issues that join with my coronary heart and really feel actually uncooked.
So what would you say has been probably the most surreal second to date in your profession and what’s in your bucket record?
Yeah up till now I believe it’s simply with the ability to launch music. I’ve actually obtained such a tremendous crew and I couldn’t do it with out them. I believe that’s one thing that’s actually superb. One thing on my bucket record is doing intimate dwell exhibits. It seems like I’m related to each single particular person there as a result of that’s what it’s all about.
Talking of dwell exhibits contemplating there are none in the mean time how have you ever saved up a connection together with your followers? Additionally, what’s a fan remark or interplay that made you smile not too long ago?
I’ve achieved Instagram movies and other people can message me on there and I at all times reply. Being on social media will be fairly draining however I believe it’s good to maintain up with everybody as a result of I wouldn’t need to go quiet for a bit and are available again solely once I make music. When it comes to interactions, actually, the most important praise is that I’ve been in a position to cheer them up with my music. Even when during a music, I would like folks to have the ability to flip off their busy minds and reside within the music.
Lastly, what’s your motto in life?
Folks spend a lot time worrying about issues so I at all times ask myself ‘Wunwell I be fearful about this once I’m 80?’ I remind myself to be pleased about the straightforward issues proper in entrance of you even when that’s one thing like a toothbrush.
‘Develop’ is out now and you may take a look at the video beneath. Comply with Josie through @agroovyboothang
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