Hey world, its been forever since I’ve wrote you, here is what is going on.
A recent blog/tumblr post from Mikal Khill has brought me to write this entry. The last you might’ve heard from me I was putting out a music video with some friends and getting ready to release this record. You might be asking “what is taking so long Josh?” most likely you aren’t saying that, but I’m hoping someone out there reads this. Let me discuss my feelings yall.
The good folks over at Waverley Knobs Entertainment have taken it upon themselves to help create a video for the song “Another World” from the upcoming album “I Only Exist On The Internet”. YOU can be an extra in the video. All you have to do is email Tatiana@waverleyknobs.com. The shooting begins Decmber 20th and goes all weekend. Feel free to join the team!
Music is subjective, an example:
I played a awesome show the other night at Church Of Boston. Can we all address how strange it is to play on a Sunday night at a venue called “Church Of Boston”. Anyway, The night hosted to so many talented acts from locals such as Elemental Zazen, who I had the pleasure of discussing philosophical issues and viewpoints with, to national acts such as Random aka Megaran, Open Mike Eagle, and Homeboy Sandman. Also on the bill was a rapper by the name of Clinical and electronic artist Pretensile (shouts to League Podcast for putting on the show). While I thought this show was going to be the Jump off, just swarming with fans/rappers trying to see an amazing lineup, it ended up being sparsely packed with people and that’s too bad for the many that didn’t make it out. I can’t express how humbled I am to play with 3 of the most talented human beings in the genre today. I can only learn and develop by watching these performers. While I felt like my show was adequate, even good by rap standards, someone who went to the show wrote a review of it and called myself and every other opener an “amateur”.
I’ve been rapping/performing/promoting myself for over 10 years. I have hang ups about the music I make, and at the moment I am trying to reinvent myself, my style, and sound. But, the main issue I have with the review is that Ben (also known as Emcee Hunger) while touting Mike Eagle and Homeboy Sandman’s honesty, denied the fact that my ramblings and insecurities/songs were honest as well. He lambasted me for being that way, for being ultimately honest. Folks who know me understand my hangups about music and my issues with my own identity in rap. I have always been the emotional Boston rapper, forever. But if there is one thing I have always been its honest. That’s the one word people always mention when I am done performing, “man you just seem so genuine, your music is so honest”. It’s about the only thing I can honestly say that is true about myself. Besides having hang ups about my life goals (aka being a professional/full time rapper), Honesty is definitely something I strive for in music/life.
2 years ago, maybe 3 years ago, this review would’ve killed me. I fondly remember the days when I got reviewed in Okayplayer with my group The Scribblenauts and was completely destroyed by someone. I hated it, It destroyed my sense of accomplishment, not to mention that the only reason I got a review is because someone else loved the record but wasn’t allowed to review it (shouts to Grant). This is the problem with anything you do in any category, for the most part its subjective to the viewer/listener/reader/etc. I can’t force people to like my music, Ben definitely seemed like he didn’t like me, He might even have not been paying attention while I was on stage. But I can’t fault him for feeling the way he did about the artists and myself. He doesn’t know me, and probably never will, but I’m down to hear any faults about myself and my music. I love discussion, even if its negative. I’m down to chat.
Advice to all aspiring performers: Do what you think is great, grow when you can, and never let someone tear you down if it isn’t constructive.
Its 2am as I post this but here is the jist: During the last weeks of July and the first week of August I had the great pleasure of touring with two of my favorite people in the world. The summer was looking good as we rolled into July and I awaited what would be known as the best time ever.
What started as an accidental journey to Texas with my brother DJ Halo, ended up being one of the best rap vacations of my life. I met so many wonderful people down there and solidified some sense of purpose in my rap music. I am forever grateful for the opportunities I was presented with during the trip. I already miss Austin and my friends who are still down there. Here is my recount of
the last week of my life. March.
I have been meaning to write this post since the night I saw The Lorax in theaters in March. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a tale of conservation of our natural resources, specifically the forest, presented in a tale from a character called the Once-ler, who is supposed to represent industry, shares with a boy just how the world became such a desolate place. As someone who considers themselves environmental friendly in most aspects (I don’t own a car, I ride my bicycle) I found this story appealing as a youngster, and still do to this date. So when I saw that Dr. Seuss (his trust) had allowed the world to create a movie version of The Lorax, I was excited to see it! It turned out to be a long drawn out movie pushing a fluff image and down playing the environmental aspects of the story. It drove me to write this article.
This is my bicycle (please don’t steal it), It has been my only form of transportation since November of last year. That was the time my car died and I just couldn’t afford to fix it anymore. I was scared to death of not owning a vehicle, considering I had owned a car in some form or another since I was 16. I came from Fall River, which doesn’t have a good form of public transportation and anything of worth to visit, so as a teenager you have to drive somewhere else. I just wasn’t sure I would last without a car, I mean what would I do for touring and shows?!?!?! I decided to test myself on this one and see if I could go a year.