Thursday, 5 February 2015

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Back in 2009, Josh began producing music and posting his tracks on YouTube, over time he has garnered a large fanbase and has found himself producing for several famous artists. He was signed by Domino Records at the age of 15, he has since been working on his debut album as a solo electronic musician, "Which I did not know"

Three years later, Josh's album release is imminent, so we met up with the man himself in his native Leicester for a drink and to discuss his debut album and what he thinks has made him so successful.

Cassette: Hey man, thanks for coming.

Josh Buxton: Yeah, no problem.

C: Where did the name for the album ("Which I did not know") come from? A lot of critics are calling it pretentious.

JB: I only decided on the name about four months ago, when I was finally beginning to wrap a lot of the songs up. I just feel it's a fitting name as making this album has taught me a lot, both technically and mentally. I know it's such a cliché, but throughout the process, I feel like my musical style and talents have just developed so much. As for the critics, I guess it is a pretty pretentious name, but I think it fits well with the vibe of the album and I'm not really concerned about what they think until they've heard the music.

C: You say your musical style has changed whilst making the album, do you think fans of your original YouTube tracks will still enjoy it?

JB: I hope so, the style has changed but its not completely different, I think I've just developed more as a producer so the tracks will have a more distinctive sound.

C: So you've been working on this album for three years now, that's quite a long time by current standards, has there been much pressure to finish?

JB: Domino (records) have actually been really sound with it, they've sort of just trusted me to to get it done, you know? and why has it took so long? I guess it's just the fact I'm rarely happy with my work, like the first song in the album alone took my about 7 months to get to where I wanted it. By the time I was finally happy it was a completely different song to the original.

C: Would you say you were happy with the finished album?

JB: Honestly I don't think I'm ever fully happy with my work, it always seems like it could be improved in some way, but I have reached a point where I feel satisfied enough with the album to release it. Really I could just tweak it indefinitely so I figure now is as good a time as any to release it.

C: How did you find growing up here (Leicester)? Did your surroundings influence your music at all?

JB: I can't think of any way to describe it other than "alright", it's the sort of place where you have most the things you need but not much more, it's just a bit dull. I don't think it influenced my music at all really, most of my inspiration was from artists I found online when I was a kid.

C: Any final words?

JB: Just thanks to everyone who's helped me along the way, you know who you are and cheers to Cassette for running this interview.

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