I would put the Josh Phillips in the Pop/Singer-Songwriter genre. No matter how “Pop” the tune, I try to put an acoustic instrument or instruments in the song to keep it real.
2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
When I was growing up it was Kenny Loggins, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor. My parents
used to have me fall asleep to them. As I got older I started listening to a lot of Blues, which is where Eric Clapton comes in. To this day he is one of my favorite guitar players. When it comes to my writing influences, I would have to say John Mayer. That guy can write one hell of a song.
3. What do you want fans to take from your music?
Whatever they naturally feel when listening to it. But if I had to pick I’d say the stories. I want them to be able to connect to the lyrics of the song. Although a good melody and catchy chorus are very important, I think what the tune says is the most important. I try to tell a story with each song I write and try to express emotions that I wouldn’t be able to without music.
4. Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?
I can tell you that it will be released by the end of this year. This next album is going to be quite a step up from my EP, “New Beginnings.” Now that I have really found my sound, I am able to tweak it in ways I couldn’t before. I’m trying to add a little more synth and pop feel to the tunes on the upcoming album. I really love playing with new sounds and programs so its going to be a little different. Really excited to share it.
5. What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
This is a tough one. If I had to choose one thing to love about it, it would be the constant work. There is never a free moment in the Music world, which is one thing a lot of people don’t understand, and when it’s something you love to do, you just can’t get enough. As for the hate, I would say inconsistency. The industry as a whole is volatile and as an artist one day you could be getting opportunities coming in from every direction and the next… silence.
6. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Coldplay, hands down. It was absolutely incredible. Just when I thought I couldn’t love the song “Fix You” any more, I heard it live. I have never heard a stadium so loud. It was also the first year they started using those light up bracelets to sync with the music, so that was pretty amazing. As for performing live, it would be the “everyone’s eyes on you” moment. There’s no better feeling than when the whole place is talking, then you start playing and it goes silent. The only thing I still get a little stressed about is playing a live show. But it’s a good stress.
7. Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
From my album New Beginnings, I would say, “Inspired.” I wrote this song with my favorite co-writer and friend Joie Scott. I was having a rough go with a relationship and Joie helped me put the words on paper. Every single feeling that I had at that moment in time is in that song. I also think my producer David Browning absolutely killed the production. It sounds above and beyond what I imagined.
8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? What made you decide to come back into the music business?
There’s almost to much too much to say, I could fill the magazine with this answer. To keep it short I’ll say that I think I have really become a strong lyricist and songwriter. When I first moved to Nashville at 20, I was young both in age and experience too. I have the best mentor, Joie Scott. She’s the reason I have become the songwriter I am today. I still have so much to learn. There’s always more to learn.
9. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
I would say John Mayer. Like I said before, that guy can write one hell of a song. I’ve always wanted to get a write in with him cause I think our writing styles are very similar. From listening to his lyrics and his stories, it sounds like we have a lot in common too. I like to think so anyway!
10. So tell us what’s next?
A lot. I’m releasing a new single soon called, “City Lights” which I’m very excited about. We will be shooting the music video for it in New York this coming February. I also plan to release a new tune with an EDM production duo up in New York that are insanely talented and I know they’ll kill it. Right now my manager is trying to get a small US tour set up with another artist who I have not decided on yet, but we will have posts about it on my website thejoshphillips.com and all social media. It’s going to be a long and exciting year. Can’t wait for it.