The Josh SB Sessions [Interview]
QN: Who is person behind the name Josh SB and when did you start production?
Josh SB is first a songwriter that’s just something I have been doing since I was a kid, I’m a session musician and I’m a producer. Generally I have love for creative art. I’m into film cause that’s what I do for a living film & photography. I’m into creative art generally organizing events and all that. So I’m someone who is passionate about artistry.
I have always had love for hip-hop. Yeah, I met CODE then he wants to be an artist, I told him I’m a beat maker blah blah. I Sent him the first beat he didn’t like it at that time he was a “sweller”. The first beat didn’t work out I don’t know why I liked it but he didn’t. So I go back to the board I came up with a beat that happened to be for “shut it down” I sent it to him & he didn’t even know where to start. “Shut it down” was released 4/5 months after I had given him the beat. It was my first radio worthy song
I have a lot of sessions with people and we get to record/play stuff that we don’t get usually to listen to on radio. Some stuff is probably considered too urban for the market; you know whatever the excuse is. So what happened is I’m getting a compilation from those songs combined with some other original compositions then I’m putting them on an EP. What I have decided is get a bunch of pop vocalists; MCs have been taken care of a lot so my main concern is vocalists cause I have encountered so many talented vocalists some we don’t even know and we get in studio, do some amazing stuff and I’m thinking okay keeping this in studio or in my phone doesn’t really help that’s why I decided to put this out.
But most of them are inspirational songs, gospel songs because most of the people I have met are from church.
QN: So which artists should we expect on the EP?
Just know they’re so many minimum 12 we also have collabos but I have got a lot of artists on the project. I’m putting on board who I believe are the best pop vocalists around town at the moment. There’s Ruyonga, Sonny, Crown Ace & others. These are people who are unique & they’ve to be out there for-example Sonny has been in the background a lot doing things here & there but I got to put her on song that brings out “the real Sonny” in her. So I’m trying to do that for every artist that’s on the project.
QN: We’re used to seeing you work with rappers & a few RnB artists here & there but on the EP you’ve changed the direction, could someone say that you’re trying to be versatile on the EP?
Yeah, that too but also the message, being a Christian and having a church background I’m trying to do a project that can be enjoyed by church and also people from the mainstream cause I’m featuring gospel artists & those that are not necessarily Christians but also carry a message especially to the youth. But at the core of the message there’s artistry that’s why I’m not leaving it to Christian artist, I have rappers, poets, vocalists, session musicians on the EP.
QN: Lastly, you also direct/produce documentaries, films & music videos like CODE’s latest “Enter the Ring” video, should we expect visuals for some tracks off the EP?
Filming is my profession & I’m now shooting documentaries for NGOs. It’s something I do mainly because of the art & it’s my profession. Being a music video director is just a bonus.
We’re going to release visuals of some studio sessions; some will be combined to make videos for certain songs. There’s also a mini documentary coming up about the EP towards the end of the year probably in December.
Furthermore about the visuals we’re using a red scarf for the artwork where I try to hide the identity of every artist. What we’re looking at is if we hid half of their identity, would their output still make sense to you? So it’s not about its Ruyonga, its Sonny it’s about the audio & message. So for every song I release the artists have a red scarf around their heads on the artwork.