Bands to Watch #131: Josh Fix

By on Wednesday, 2nd September 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Josh Fix (side)Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Fix

They say:

He’s worked on the high seas as an oil rigger, bounced at a Bourbon Street strip club, successfully eluded the clutches of the authorities at his day job by living secretly in the office filing room, and managed to squeeze in some time to compose and conduct his own full-blown classical symphony.

The South African-born transplant (who now calls San Francisco home) gained his first major taste of local- and then national- notoriety in 2004/2005 for an unlikely string of events that began with a serendipitous opening spot with The Who and culminated in a cover story in the San Francisco Chronicle , which brought to light not only an impressive and growing list of famous fans, but also the fact that Fix had actually been secretly living in a Financial District office to save the money to record his buzz-generating demo.

Fix’s debut album “Free At Last” was released to high-praise reviews in the USA in 2008. Leading the way was Time Out New York’s ranking of the album at #8 in their Best Rock Albums of 2008 list (“this Bay Area Renaissance man—imagine a post-Radiohead Elton John—obliterated slacker chic with a virtuosically glossy piano-pop opus”), followed by a slew of well-received reviews and press coverage in everything from the San Francisco Chronicle to the Boston Herald and New York Daily News, which helped cement Fix’s reputation as a shining new talent.

Josh Fix Says:

“I guess the consensus is it’s a bit like a mash-up of Queen and Ben Folds.”

When his demos started to change hands among the rock elite, Fix took it pretty much in his stride. “Different people were passing the demos around,” he says. “I got a call from Lenny Kravitz one day and he liked it. Steve Lukather heard it and started passing it along to his friends, so I started getting calls from Van Halen and Steve Vai — it was really cool! At that point, I thought, maybe I should do this seriously.”

We say:

Fun, memorable and talented, the comparisons to Ben Folds are more than justified. He reminds me of a one-man The Alexandria Quartet in his vocal stylings, though let’s just hope he has more success in the UK than Ben Folds or the Alexandria Quartet.

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