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Interview: Josh Fix

 
By on Friday, 4th September 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Josh Fix (side)We introduced Josh Fix a couple of days ago, and no sooner than we’d pressed “publish” than his people got in touch, setting up an interview nice and quickly…. here’s what he has to say.

Hello Josh. What are you up to today?

Hi! Today’s activities: Trying to finish reading a manuscript for a book I’ve been asked to write a song about, but not getting very far – I’ve been lapsing into marathon stretches of Grand Theft Auto 4 and working on my secret chicken hotwings sauce. I should be trying harder – it’s for the new Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. (Eoin Colfer’s writing the next installment while Douglas Adams has a kip.)

You’ve had a pretty big rollercoaster of a ride over the past few years. What would you say has been the highlight for you since things really kicked off in 2004?

It’s been more like a rickshaw over a very bumpy street. A few nice and unexpected things have happened, but ALL of the weird and crappy things have as well (sometimes more than once.) Don’t make me quote Hunter S. Thompson*.

A good big moment for me was the first time I actually multi-tracked myself on my own proper 16-track digital recorder. I remember being so excited by how good everything sounded to me that I would literally giggle aloud to myself on the street for the next month straight. It was just very inspiring, because suddenly I was aware that a whole world of studio quality sound- clean, digital, and overdubbed to the bejesus- was now open to me 24/7. This was probably before 2004. Maybe like 2002? Does it still qualify as an answer?

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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.

You say:
Watch this video and then leave your comments below…

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