#POPULARPLAY: JOSH GLUCK
Sep 5, 2020
Rising alternative-soul artist, Josh Gluck, is back with another release in ‘leaves on a tree’. This release marks a new era for the artist expanding past the solitude of his signature warm acoustics for the enticing sound of a slow to mid burn electric capturing a classic take on the genre. The emotive track stems as the artist contemplates the existence of humanity.
Paired with a visual, co-directed and edited by Kyle A. Loftus, the artist portrays humanity as different sets of foliage using his mask clad friends to make his point. “Our planet burns and we’re getting old / the one thing I can prove to you as you stand next to me/ we’re here together now / leaves on a tree/ it isn’t hard to see” the artist sings out over the rising anthemic track.
A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Josh picked up his first guitar in the fourth grade and quickly moved to playing in groups and bands. Of his first band the artist says: “It was an incredible experience. The first band that I was actually apart of where we rehearsed and played shows was actually through a music school where I was taking lessons. At the time it was called A Major Music – basically the instructors there put together a kind of rock band. ”
Influenced from the likes of Frank Ocean and Anderson .Paak, the artist has been able to showcase on his talent on a few stages including ‘The Nook’ and his college stage in Orlando after battling it out in a student showcase playing to over 1,500 souls. As a recent graduate, the artist is experiencing challenges of a post graduate and current pandemic world as he learns to create in a new setting. His previously released track ‘Like Fire’ has already racked up over 55k streams on Spotify in its short time post release. We recently spoke with Josh about his new track, connecting with fans, and the new normal.
1. Tell us about your new single ‘leaves on a tree’ and how it came to be.
I wrote the song right around a year ago. It was one of those 3 am nights where you’re eating a whole box of goldfish while questioning your existence. “Why are we here?”, “where do we come from?”, etc. And at one point something just snapped in me that made me realize that the answers to those questions don’t really mean as much to me as the actual fact that we all live here on this planet together. Right now at this moment in time. I don’t know why but that really did something for me. Whatever the answers to those questions may be, the one thing I can definitely prove is that for whatever reason, we are here together. And that really led me to believing in a lot of the things I believe in today.
2. How has being in quarantine affected your creative process?
It’s challenged it to an extent that I couldn’t have imagined. It completely broke it down, tore it apart, and then built it back up again with different materials than with what it was previously made of. Still in the middle of this whole whirlwind of a phase so I’ll let you know what comes of it on the other side!
3. Was music something that called to you over time more than other artistic avenues or did you just know at some point?
I think I pretty much always knew that this was what it was gonna be for me. My whole life, nothing felt quite like music. I can’t imagine a life without it.
4. How do you think the DIY movement through social media and the internet in general has changed the industry and changed the way musical artists like yourself get discovered and reach new fans?
I love everything about it. There are so many ways to be creative in that process and I think it speaks volumes of artists who find their avenues and attack it head-on with every ounce they’ve got. Especially in the ways they themselves see it being done. The coolest thing about it is that we’re all cheering each other on and pushing each other to be our best. The artist community during this era is unlike anything I could have ever thought of being a part of.
4. What has been the best moment of your career thus far?
It’s really hard to pin-point one in particular, but really anytime someone tells me that the music I’ve made has affected them in some way are the best moments for me. Those are the moments where I kind of step back and really take a moment to think about what I’m doing again. Those moments mean so much to me.
5. As an artist, do you feel more comfortable being on stage than off-stage?
Honestly, I just feel most comfortable when I’m playing music. I don’t care where I am, the middle of a forest or my room or a stage, if I’m around music I feel like I’m at my best.
6. What is a question you wish you got asked more?
I wish people asked if I have any pets. Because I absolutely do. A golden retriever named Goldie. And I can talk about her for hours. That would be nice.
7. Is there a full-length project in your future?
8. What is something you want incoming fans to know about you?
First of all, hi. Second of all, know that I like peanut butter banana nutella sandwiches. And lastly, I have a lot of new music/content coming out soon so stick around yaheard.
- Directed by Kyle A. Loftus and Josh Gluck