INTERVIEW: Josh McGovern

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

Very well thanks – I’ve been busy!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “When You’re Done”?

When You’re Done is quite a stripped back song, instrumentally its just acoustic guitar and double bass, but lyrically and melodically for me it carries some importance.. I wrote the song as a sort of acknowledgement of true romance, so the real stuff that we face in love, not just the stuff you see on tv and in movies.

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

The thing is people look at love as such a disposable thing in this day and age, so it’s also a reminder that relationships aren’t disposable and is there to be worked on. I think the inspiration for it stemmed from seeing that attitude from some friends, it got me thinking and I wanted to put it into a song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There will be a video yes, all to be announced soon!

How was the recording and writing process?

As the song comes from a more stripped back place, I wrote it quite quickly, I was able to concentrate on the sentiment rather than to much of the arrangement, and as the theme of the song really resonates with me I was able to write and record it in a few weeks.

What role does Brighton play in your music?

Brighton will always be my home town, it has an amazing eclectic mix of culture and music which is always a great inspiration as a songwriter. I think in people’s minds eye its always sunny when they think of Brighton but most of the time its quite stormy and rather beautiful near the sea, the wild weather we get has been a massive influence in the music I make, probably more than I realise.

How did Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen get to influence the writing on this song?

They were my bread and butter growing up, I’ve always been in awe of performers who own a room with just a guitar or a piano, emotive writers like Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen tell such beautiful stories and have always been a part of me as a person and an artist.

How did you get to balance the Americana with the Folk?

I find there not a million miles apart, its always difficult applying genre to it as I have been influenced by so many compositions and artists from rock to jazz and blues. Folk, country and Americana just make me feel differently it’s hard to explain, I’ve kind of always been drawn to them.

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

Lots of exciting things to announce this year so watch this space… I’m always writing and recording so you can definitely expect more from me this year, I have so much music to share so I can’t wait to get it out.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It’s all kind of in the creative faze but I was massively inspired on a recent trip to see my family in Ireland, and from that a whole new thing is being formed, that’s all I will say but I’m really excited about it.

Any plans to hit the road?

I have recently been playing lots of shows across the South East and London, and a tour is on the horizon for sure. I’m playing all the time so keep an eye out for more announcements soon.

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

I’m in a creative period at the minute which is great so I’m taking full advantage of it and just writing all the time. Of course I’m releasing music and gigging as much as possible so watch this space!

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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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