We recently sat down with talented RnB/soul singer Josh Waters and he shared some interested insight into his life ranging from music, his background and more.
Sit back and check it out below.
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
I grew up in a musically inclined household, so I pretty much grew up around music. My mother was a singer, and actually would do live recordings for a local TV station.. I can remember waking up mornings before school and seeing her and feeling so inspired by it yah know.. My older brother popped out of the womb playing drums, he would literally crawl to the kitchen, pull out pots and pans and bang on them, and the rest was history for him and i just gravitated towards what i grew up seeing.
As far as me becoming an artist and taking what i was doing seriously, I started seriously recording music around fifteen.. hearing myself come through the speakers blew my mind.. it was a high i just couldn’t seem to shake..and actually hearing what others thought about what i was creating shocked the shit out of me..and over time I continued to grow as a artist and a creative in general.. and honestly, in the beginning my driving force came from a different place.. i was younger, and moved by different things yah know.. but today, my son and my family is what keeps me going.
Do you remember the first song you ever made? How did you go about it?
YES I REMEMBER! “loving you aint hard” was the first song I recorded.. I was in the 9th grade.. one of my cousin’s was dating a man that was into music.. i remember him letting me hear some artist that he had been working with and telling me that if I were serious about pursing music that the next time i came to stay that he would get me in the studio.. i made it my business to return, and i did with a half written song that he and the producer helped me bring to life.
What has been a seminal experience for you?
My first sit down with Dutch Dinero (Big K.R.I.T’s manager) man I was nervous as hell.. in the meeting he was giving me so much game and asking so many questions, most questions that I couldn’t answer due to my lack of knowledge of the industry… Everything that he said I needed that I didn’t have, I went back to Mississippi and brought it to reality, and the initiative I took then were the steps necessary for me to be in the position I’m in now.
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
“No Weapon” by Fred Hammond
If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?
My SXSW experience in its entirety.
Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
I’m a nature boy and I love animals.. I wanted to be a veterinarian and a dog breeder growing up. I was also the section leader of the drumlin at Alcorn State University. The coldest to come through the yard.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
To me, the best thing about working in the industry is the freedom thats given to be who you are and create the things that I feel. If i could change anything, I would probably change what’s being pushed mainstream.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
Witnessing my son being born was the most important moment in my life, that has yet to be matched.
What have been the biggest highlights?
Working with my childhood hero, BIG K.R.I.T and going to SXSW are still the greatest moments of my career yet.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
Battling depression and almost giving up on music and my life. I overcame it by surrounding myself with people that genuinely loved and cared about me.. a lot of prayer, and weed to be honest. Overall, my son is what kept me here.
What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?
Probably my willingness to listen and understand.. and that I give pretty good advice.
What is your most valued material possession?
Probably my laptop.
Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
I was extremely nervous about meeting K.R.I.T, which is crazy because he’s so humble and down to earth.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
I feel like I’m using K.R.I.T. for all my answers lol, but its him man…I was fourteen when ‘Krit wuz here’ dropped, that project put me on to so many different things, knowledge. I grew up without a father.. so he and his music basically raised me.. so to actually have a relationship with this person now blows my mind still today.
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
Probably going Ruth Chris while I was at SXSW and T.I. and his entire entourage being there and I’m having to pretend like this was a place I had been before.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
SZA, and I can’t cook..but i would prepare whatever it is she may desire.
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
greatest song, ‘Love’ by Musiq Soulchild
greatest album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ by Kendrick Lamar
greatest book, ‘The Power’ by Rhonda Byrne
greatest movie, ‘Love Jones’
greatest tv show ‘Martin’
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player
Best part by Daniel Caesar
Never by JID
Confidently Lost by Sabrina Claudio
Lac Lac by Big K.R.I.T.
Free Lunch by Isaiah Rashad
What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
My ability to discern.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
Ahh, thats tough. All of my dreams, from making it with music, seeing son become the king that he’s destined to be.. seeing my family stress and worry free.. just seeing my people happy.
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
instagram and twitter @joshwatersmusic
Any final thoughts?
Just want to thank everyone for reading, as well as you for giving me a platform. Blessings.
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