Introducing Josh Curnow

I first discovered the music of Josh Curnow while checking out artists featured at this years Great Escape Festival (see post Great Escape 2014). I remember checking out his debut EP ‘Me V You’ and thinking that this guy has a cool sound. The more I listened to this EP the more I realised the amazing talent that Josh posses.

So, who is Josh Curnow? He is a talented singer songwriter from Cornwall who has utilised his personal experiences to create his own sound. When you listen to his music, you can hear how it has a personal feel about it.

In 2012 he released his debut EP called ‘Me V You’ which has been one of my top 5 played album/EP’s over the last few months, true story! There is something about the way he combines his amazing guitar style with his vocal talent to produce an energy and emotion which pulls you in. ‘When I’m on my Own’ is a stand out track, as the way he expresses the emotion of betrayal with his guitar and vocals is impressive to hear. I strongly recommend you also check out my favourite track ‘Lucid Dreams’ which has such a catchy feel to it and shows off Josh’s vocal range.

Recently Josh has released his follow up EP ‘Phase Two’ and this release reinforces that this is a musician with some serious talent. He has continued to create an acoustic sound that wears its heart on its sleeve. His guitar style always impresses me as he delivers a sound that mirrors the emotions of his lyrics and is essential to his great sound. Add to this his vocal ability which can be gritty one moment and then delicate the next just shows the diversity he can deliver.

‘Chasing you down Memory Lane’ is one of my highlights from the release as it has a more of a rockier feel and gets my feet tapping along with the riffs and beats. I really like the rockier side to Josh’s vocals and would love to hear him do a few rock covers. My favourite is his track ‘I Feel Alive’ which shows exactly what his sound is about as he describes his personal journey with music. This is summarised with the great line ‘singing with his six stringed friend for company’. This again shows the personal touch he delivers in his lyrics. I will have to warn you about this track as it has a killer and highly catchy chorus that will have you singing along.

Overall, this is an EP with a great balance of emotion and tempo showing the depth in Josh’s writing ability. As I mentioned earlier, there is something about his music that grabs you and I can’t find the right words to describe it. All I can say is that ‘Phase Two’ is an impressive EP and shows the evolution to his music but I still feel his best is yet to come. Grab a copy of ‘Phase Two’ today from the main digital online stores, it will be money well spent.

I got the chance to speak to Josh after his set at The Great Escape Festival and I can confirm he is a cool and humble guy. I like the way he talked about his music as it showed how much music means to him. I got to ask a few questions and this is what he had to say:

You have this great acoustic sound , who are your influences?

Thanks a lot! My influences are the past and present times of my life both good and bad, also the people I meet! Every song is a story of something I have experienced in my life so far.

This is your second release, did you approach this differently from your debut release ‘Me V You’?

Me V You was written about my point of view from a bad brake up and again times in my life. Phase Two was approached in the exact same way… I hit the road with only my guitar as company after reaching a certain chapter in my life, it was about life on the road and the things I experienced.

What is your favourite track from ‘Phase 2’ and why?

I don’t necessarily have a favourite track from Phase Two as they all hold strong memories and meaning, each one tells a true story of what I was doing or how I was feeling at the time. but if I had to choose, Take a walk and I feel alive are the two I listen to most for the simple reason of motivation.

If you could go to the pub with any two musicians (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

One of my most listen to artist is James Blunt, although I do not base my style of writing, nor base my songs remotely close to him, I have massive relations to his songs and his past.. the things he has done and been through in the forces as well as his story of a musician… yeah, I’d buy that guy a pint! I guess second would have to be Dave Grohl… being a drummer, guitarist, singer song writer my self, he has done everything I would love to do… his life is basically my bucket list!

What’s your plans for the rest of 2014?

My plans for 2014… As the words of Ben Howard, Keep my head up, and my heart strong. I strive to better myself in every performance, but to stay true to who I really am. My motivation comes from the people who believe in me as well as the people who don’t, to put Cornwall back on the map for musicians, and to earn an honest penny doing something I love. 2014 to me is a make or brake year… The support I have been given via social medias, friends, family and other musicians, gave me the strength to carry on when writing and recording both Me V You, and Phase Two… with them behind me, there’s no goal I wont try and grasp with both hands this year!

You can keep up to date with Josh’s adventures by checking visiting his website at JoshCurnow.com. You can also say hello to him at his social media sites of Facebook and Twitter or his Reverbnation.

I am a big fan of Josh’s work and my iTunes has the evidence to prove it. I guess I didn’t release how much I was listening to his music and considering I listen to A LOT of music, this is impressive. I am already hoping that Josh starts working on another EP or better still an album. Whatever he chooses I am more than happy to support his music. Check out the music of Josh Curnow today, if you like his sound then support his music and tell the world.