Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Her Voice In My Head”?
“Her Voice in My Head” was written in the fall of 2014. It’s a tune I’ve always liked, so when it came time to record “The MISSES” I added it to the list. I think it fits really well with the other songs on the record.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It’s a very autobiographical song, written about a night a friend and I took the keys to my fathers Cadillac and took it for a drive.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I released the single along with the video for “Her Voice in My Head” about two weeks before the record came out. Peter Leininger and Chris Dwight shot the video. “The MISSES” has a late 90’s, early 2000 feel to me and we felt that the video should have the same vibe. It is reminiscent of something that might have played on MTV’s 120 minutes back in the day–part performance, part lyric video.
The single comes off your new album The Misses– what’s the story behind the title?
I searched for a while to find a simple title that would sum up the songs on the record and could be interpreted in different ways. So the title means something different as it relates to every song.
How was the recording and writing process?
For “The MISSES,” Dave Rieley, Jon Phillip and I got together and discussed what kind of record we wanted to make before I started writing the songs. I usually write 30-40 songs when getting material ready for a new record. For the last couple records, I’ve left the decision of which songs will make the record to the others involved in the making of the record. So for “The Misses” Dave and Jon picked the majority of the songs that we recorded. “Her Voice In My Head” was my pick out of the ten that we tracked. Everyone had a say in the pre-production process, which was a nice departure from the way I’ve done it in the past. It was all handled more like we were a band and less like I was a solo artist, which I really enjoyed.
What made you want to go for a much Blues, Rock and overall harder direction?
Having everyone involved in the pre-production after the songs were written really helped it to naturally go in that direction. Each person involved brought a perspective and viewpoint that added something special to the songs.
Was the transition easy?
The transition was really easy. I’ve done rock records in the past, and it was nice to get back to that. Song-wise though, I took more chances with the way I wrote and structured the songs for “The MISSES”.It fell into place really fast. Dave was available, Jon knew Brad Rice who came in and played guitar, and a mutual friend of Dave and I referred Nick Culbreath to play bass. After my last record, 2017’s “Under Plastic Stars” I was ready to do something different. Making this record was a chance to crank up the guitars and have some fun.
Here’s a video for the last single from “Under Plastic Stars”, a song called ‘Let It Rain.’
What misses did you get to explore on this record?
The songs on “The MISSES” for me are all ‘coming of age’ stories. It was a journey I didn’t expect to take when I starting writing the songs, and it was a challenge at times reliving some of those memories.
Any plans to hit the road?
I have some dates lining up for fall right now as well into the beginning of next year. No full band shows as of yet–I’m really enjoying doing the solo acoustic thing right now. My next stop is at City Winery in Atlanta, GA.
What else is happening next in Joshua Ketchmark’s world?
Right now, I’m finishing up overdubs on my next record and getting it ready to start mixing. I also have a couple singles that will most likely pop up before the end of the year. Shows, co-writing, recording and more recording!