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INTERVIEW: Joy Oladokun

Hi Joy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Thanks for having me. I’ve been really well, thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Shelter”?

 “Shelter” is one of my favorite songs on the record. It just gets to the heart of the type of love I want to spread as an artist and as a person.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Oh man, I was actually having something of a panic attack while demoing  a very different version of the song.  I was struggling to get a piano part right, when I flipped out and threw something across the room. I stepped back from writing for a second to try and figure out what was going on and I realized I was buckling under the weight of wanting to make every one happy and make something super “cool.”

The reality is that I can’t make anyone love me or the music, but that shouldn’t stop me from offering up my love and these songs anyway. It was an incredibly healing song for me to write.

Can we expect a new video for this single?

Yeah! Because of how the song was written, we decided it would be cool to film a video in the studio. It’s should be out later this month.

How do you feel about the reception?

I’m blown away. I’ve gotten letters, texts, and emails from people not only about how much they love the song, but how it’s helped them through stuff and made them smile. That’s essentially everything you want to hear when you release a song.

The single comes off your new album Carry – what’s the story behind the title?

Carry” is the name of a song I wrote for my niece the day she was born. I asked myself, “what is the one thing you want her to know about life?” and came up with this idea that we were put on earth to carry each other. We were made to help and be helped.

How was the recording and writing process?

Wild. Humbling. Fun. All those things and more. I learned how fragile I can be, but also how that fragility really works in my favor as an artist.

We also recorded the songs live, and I had some of the silliest and hardest working people with me in the studio. I loved it and I think it’s cool that everyone got to leave their mark on the record. That it’s not just my voice or my interpretation of the songs.

What lessons get to inspire the lyrics on this record?

I’ve been challenging myself when it comes to relationships and being vulnerable for the past couple years, so every song is a lesson I learned about what it means to love and be loved. I like that it isn’t just about the mushy parts of love. Some of these songs are about setting boundaries, or coming to terms with the fact that to open yourself up to another person means opening yourself up to the possibility of being hurt. There are even a couple songs about what the world looks like right now, and how I’m desperate to see greater love in it. I basically put my life and my mind into a record.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yessssss! I’m currently booking a tour in the US and working out some dates in England as well.

What else is happening next in Joy Oladokun’s world?

Probably just going to watch Netflix. 😉

I think after the album is released, I’m going to take some time off to spend with friends and family before I tour and dive back in to producing. I believe in finding a balance between work and rest. I don’t want to be jaded, and I don’t want to grow old and regret not making time for myself and others.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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