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INTERVIEW: Josh Taerk

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

Thanks for having me! I’ve been awesome thanks. Got my new single out now and we’re taking it to radio, tour dates coming up. I love doing what I do, so it doesn’t get better than this.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Anywhere Love Took Us”?

“Anywhere Love Took Us” started out as a guitar lick I was messing with in between writing sessions. I had just finished writing with my good friend and Producer Teddy Morgan and we were waiting for our friend Jack Williams to start a new song. I was sitting there with my guitar and started playing that guitar lick. Teddy suddenly stopped me with a, “wait, play that thing again,” he loved it. When Jack came in a couple minutes later I played it for him too. He loved it and the 3 of us started writing the song around that lick. “Anywhere Love Took Us” took shape around the idea of getting back to the roots of love by remembering that in order for a relationship to work you both have to be up for the ride.

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

All of the songs I write have a piece of my life in them. I believe that, as a writer, if I write songs that mean something to me and are based on real life experiences, that either I’ve had or people very close to me have had; the listener can feel that emotional energy in the songs and relate to them on a deeper level. When I write love songs, I always want to add a unique perspective into those songs so that I’m adding something to the topic and not just saying what’s already been said. So, when we were writing this song I wanted to capture the perspective of looking back on a relationship in order to move it forward.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Definitely! We’re talking to some directors and heading full steam ahead into a music video. I love making music videos because a good video can add so much depth to the story being told and even add a different point of view to the story.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s a lot of fun being able to both write and be part of the production of a song. I consider myself a writer first and when I write songs I set out to give each story its own identity and emotional landscape. When we get to the production stage I sit down with my producer and we dig deep into the emotional space of each song and story wanting to be told; from there the story dictates the kind of feel, instrumentation even vocal performance I give on the track. My job is more than just telling stories; I want to honor the story that wants to be told in each of the songs I write.

What role does Canada play in your music?

Canada has a very vibrant music scene and a lot of great artists and bands have come out of Canada; Joni Mitchel, Neil Young, Rush, Bryan Adams, just to name a few. There’s a rich heritage when it comes to songwriting in Canada and I want to honor that heritage in my own writing while at the same time putting my own voice and style into the mix.

You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been and growing up in Canada has definitely helped shape a lot of the person and the artist that I’ve become.  My songs are all inspired by real life epxeriences like growing up in Canada, going to high school and university there; touring over the past 4 years in th UK, and now touring through the states. All of these experiences and milestones in my life have provided new sources of inspiration to use in my songwriting.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It certainly does! It’s been great working on these songs. It’s important to me that every new song that I write and every new song we produce has its own identity, unique to the story being told. With saying that, it’s been a lot of fun both digging into the rock music heritage that I love and have become a part of, while at the same time adding new colors and textures; building on the genre and who I am as an artist.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

That’s a great question. I’m a firm believer that everything that happens in life happens for a reason. When it’s come to naming albums in the past, whenever I’ve tried to sit down and think of a name it doesn’t come. I find that when I’m in a more open state of mind inspiration will strike; I’ll think of something and it will lead to the perfect name for the project.

As far as timing goes, I’m touring through the states this fall to support the release of “Anywhere Love Took Us,” and then heading back to The UK in the new-year. We’re then looking to release another single followed by the album or EP next spring/summer.

Would this be a follow or departure from your previous material?

To me, the new release feels like a great combination of both. I’ve stayed true to the roots of who I am and the music I love, while at the same time expanding on the kind of music I play by exploring how other genres can fit into who I am as an artist, what I do, and what story wants to be told.

I’m also a firm believer that art is something that defies definition. I know what these songs mean to me and what they reflect back to me about my life and experiences. However, someone else will listen to the songs and they will take on a whole other meaning for that person. That’s the beauty of making music, in my opinion; it breeds new perspectives and new voices to add to the conversation.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely! I love being on the road and getting to play my music live. I get to re-live each moment in each song with each performance, and those moments are constantly being made new for me because the audience responds to different parts of the stories and different parts of the shows each night. I get to see the music through them, and experience my show almost like I’m playing these songs for the first time.

What else is happening next in Josh Taerk’s world?

I’m always writing music, and I love performing both acoustic shows as well as the higher energy band shows. Aside from music, I am working on an original novel, and starting a blog with my brothers and sister. Over the last few months, I have been designing some men’s and women’s jewelry and accessories, and I’m also an avid vinyl record collector and love listening and finding some of my favorite vintage music on LP.

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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