Joshua Radin es una insuperable historia de éxito conseguido a través del boca oreja. Su ruta alternativa a la cima comenzó cuando uno de sus amigos le entregó un demo, que incluía su primera composición “Winter”, a un productor de televisión, que pronto la utilizó para una escena de la serie televisiva “Scrubs” en el 2004. Otros agentes de Hollywood encontraron su música igualmente evocativa y colocaron varios temas de Radin en series como “Anatomía de Grey”, “Hermanos y Hermanas” y “American Idol”, así como en numerosas cintas y comerciales.
Su disco debut “We Were Here” (Columbia), consiguó la aclamación de la crítica y una reseña con cuatro estrellas de la revista Rolling Stone. En el 2008 publicó “Simple Times”, en el que Radin colaboró con el productor Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith). Este disco arrancó en el primer puesto de descargas de Itunes y ocupó los primeros diez lugares de popularidad en diez países distintos, incluuyendo el Reino Unido, en donde el single “I'd Rather Be With You” se colocó en el segundo lugar de los temas más pedidos en la radio. El año pasado, Radin publicó “The Rock and the Tide
(Mom+Pop) producido por Martin Terefe (Cat Stevens, Ron Sexmith).
Radin ha aparecido en reconocidos programas televisivos como “Ellen”, “The Today Show” y “Conan O'Brian”, entre otros y comenzó a coproducir su cuarto álbum “Underwater” con el productor Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Colda War Kids). “Underwater” está a punto de salir a la luz.
In this latest album, Underwater (2012) you continued with the romantic rock, sweet sounds, mixed with folk music and a bit of delicious country pop. What can you tell us about that? It seems Joshue Radin is inspired by the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s in their themes, what can you tell us about it?
Well this is true. I wanted to make an album that sounded like it was made in the late 60's. So I used recording devices from that time period to get that sound. No computer screens. All analog tape. It's such a warmer sound and it gives the feeling of a live performance rather than a tweezed album.
Your music is really delicious, has some magic, and its evocative and it sounds nostalgic and sad. What inspires you when composing songs?
Everything in my life. The people I meet, the music I hear, the places I go. I try to be a sponge and then filter it all out in a unique way but I try to write using universal themes so that every person, no matter the nationality, can relate and remember that there's someone out there who feels the same way they do.
Which is the reason that leads to an American artist, to do a long and intense tour around Spain? What do you expect about Spanish public?
Well I wouldn't call it long and intense. It's just two cities. Really I just wanted to visit Spain for the first time and I figured why not see if I have any fans there? So I guess we'll soon see...
What will be different on this European tour? What will audience see at your show?
Well I didn't bring my band the shows will be extremely intimate and I'll tell stories about the songs and how I was inspired to write them.
Looking at your concert schedule, you have no free dates until August!!!. How is always travelling? When do you find time for yourself to relax or to continue composing?
I will be on the road the rest of the year. But that's the way I like it. I love seeing other cultures. This shapes my music.
What are your the plans for the rest of this year? Obviously, you’ll be edit the new CD Underwater (2012), but do you have any alternative new projects? Can you anticipate anything to us? … Or you will be in a tour all the year?
Just touring this album all over the world. My dream job. I'm so damn lucky.
Do you think the digital world will end with music as we know it today? What do you think is the future of music?
It changes every day. I hope one day people pay for music again instead of stealing it, but once pandora's box has been opened, it's awfully difficult to close it again. I have no idea what will happen but all artists need to adapt to change.
What is your best memory about music?
Laying in the back of my father's car while he played an 8 track of Paul
Simon's "St. Judy's comet" and sang along.
Have you heard of the Spanish-revolution? What do you think about it?
Of course I've heard of the Spanish revolution! Ha. I don't have enough space here to write an essay though. Ha.
Joshua Radin - Tomorrow Is Gonna Be Better (2012)
Could you tell us about...
... A book?: my favorite book? Hmm. "The Brothers Karamazov".
... A movie?: Annie Hall.
... A song?: "A day in the life" by The Beatles.
... An album?: Van Morrison's "Astral weeks".
... A group or soloist?: Bob Dylan or Paul Simon.