Rising star and soul mused singer Joshua KYEOT talks to THRDS, giving us a deep insight to his music inspirations, 63 strong choir origins, style and his constant working headspace. Joshua KYEOT has a strong character filled with laughs, smiles and love, he brought the THRDS team a wonderful shoot resulting in some personality filled imagery. We had to feature this talented muso for Noteworthy, as he has recently released his new single titled ‘Only One‘ and is pushing towards his awaited and anticipated conceptional EP which he’s waiting for you all to hear. Read the full interview below:
How are you today?
I’m well and I’m blessed.
How did you find the shoot today?
The shoot was good, had nice music playing you know, vibes.
How did you first get into music?
When I turned 17 I said to myself, okay I need to go to an open mic night to test my skills because I always thought I could sing but no one actually said to me that I could. I had written one or two songs and knew a few covers so I went and played a couple tunes, then saw how it went down and decided yep I’m trying now, I’m actually giving it a shot. I wasn’t great but I got a good response.
When was the first memorable time you performed?
When I was 13/14 I went to a boarding school, where I was in the choir, there were about 63 of us but it still sits as a big moment for me.
What’s your favourite thing about being a musician?
I guess performing, that’s always really good because you get to challenge yourself to see if you can stay in the kitchen. All eyes and ears are watching and hearing you, I like the instant feedback.
Where do your musical roots come from?
Deeply rooted in certain things you wont even hear in my music, I think of it as something that moves through you, its audible so you cant really how much of it your picking up but I know it takes hold. I know that there was what I was growing up with, like what was on the radio which for me was all Hip life, Highlife and African, Ghanaian music, there was the genres my sister was listening to which was Garage, RnB, Sisqo, SWV, that’s all just locked in. Some Hip Hop too definitely.
When are you most productive, what puts you into that working headspace?
I feel like I’m in a space where I just want to be productive so when I get up its instant, today I need to get some practice in and get whatever else in. I do tend to push things back a lot but in good ways, I might favour practice over other things so I’m still being productive. So every day just be productive whether I am being creative or just practicing.
We happen to know you have an upcoming EP, what can we expect from it?
Just amazing music man (lol). You can expect a range of musical ideas, that’s the way it will come across because it kind of has a really nice trajectory. It rises up from the start to finish, from tempo to the feel with a soft sounding love song to the third track, which is quite rock and roll. So it will take you on a nice journey, just great music.
Do you have any stories behind the EP?
Well it’s a connectional EP so I hope you pick up on the story from the jump, even the artwork matches the story that’s being told. It’s basically a bout a love triangle, two guys and a girl.
What do you get up to in your spare time?
I play video games a bit; I recently put in my Fifa 13 again. Its mad, I know I’m missing a few numbers, but yeah spare time I practice, work out from time to time, play basket ball and just stay active. I try to read and write more it doesn’t have to be a song maybe a poem or something personal.
How would you describe your sound?
I try not to. I try not to because its hard to tell someone what you’re feeling and I honestly want to just put out the music and just have people tell me what they’d describe it as because I don’t feel like my sound fits one bill, like I said the EP starts one way and end completely different but I guess having my voice relates the genres more to me.
Do you play any instruments?
I do yeah! I play a few, piano, guitar, a bit of a base and I’m a master at keeping time with the drums, 1 , 2, 3 and 1, 2, 3.
Which are better V-necks or round?
Round necks and dudes and V-necks for the ladies, I think you know why… they don’t catch colds as much.
Name one fashion trend you really like?
I’m not sure if this is a trend butI like people wearing their hair out, natural and not being worried about being judged, I dig a stone cold afro. I cant think of anything trend that I’m crazy over right now.
What are your favourite brands right now?
Once again I don’t think I have again. It depends on what you see I like a good pair of Nike trainers, Reebok classics, I’m in some Reeboks now, but I’m not crazy for brand, I’d mess with some J’s though.
What can we expect from you in the next coming weeks?
Music, music, music, I already have a single out, upcoming we have the EP which will be out soon.
Thank you for coming down, thanks for talking to us.
Thank you sir.
Catch Joshua at ‘UNDISCLOSED‘ – Our intimate, monthly live music lounge showcasing the skills of singularly talented NOTEWORTHY acts. We also had to bring to the roster Joshua KYEOT, who’ll bring something new to the music landscape that can be respected by musos and casual listeners alike. Click on the flyer to get your TICKETS.