Josh Vine

(C) Becky Taylor Gill

(C) Becky Taylor Gill

Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London based singer Josh Vine to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from the West Midlands in a town called Telford. I first got into playing music when I was about 11, I started playing the saxophone after watching an older lad play the saxophone in a school assembly.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was growing up my dad showed me a bunch of music like The Jam, Paul Weller's solo stuff, Crowded House, Radiohead, The Smiths, Melissa Etheridge and a bunch of other great musicians. Artists I'm inspired by now are people like Another Sky, Big Thief, The War on Drugs, Daughter, Sharon Van Etten, I think there's loads of great new music coming out at the moment.

How would you describe your sound?
I'd describe my sound as Moody Indie-Rock.

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is called The Water and came out on the 16th of this month. As for the inspiration and meaning of the song I'll let people make their own minds up about it. One, because I don't want to change the meaning of the song for someone but also because it makes answering this question easier haha.

(C) Becky Taylor Gill

(C) Becky Taylor Gill

What’s your local music scene like?
My local scene is great cause it's London and there's endless live music for you to go out and watch. Also most of my mates are musicians so I go out and watch them play a lot.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
No albums just singles for now, maybe an EP in a year or so, that'd be great.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
At the moment I'm obsessed with Big Thief, so probably those guys.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Not really to be honest, just stupid things like my strap breaking twice in a set and then trying to style that out or I did a gig recently and there was someone in the crowd just screaming through a really quiet song, it was so weird and was such a juxtaposition of the two different moments we were having.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I don't take myself as seriously in person as I do in the music, otherwise I'd be a really shit time at the pub.

You can find out more about Josh via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.