Joshua Radin Revisited


Back in 2007 when we first spoke with Joshua Radin, the guy was just coming off the great success of his debut record: "We Were Here". The album created a rush of attention, including some very famous fans such as Zach Braff, who himself stated that Radin was the second coming of Paul Simon... and that was with one album! Since then, Radin has garnered more attention for his honest songwriting and thoughtful compositions with "Simple Times" in 2008 and the latest collection that arrived just a few months ago: "The Rock and The Tide" (not to mention many, many spots in movies and on TV). If you're reading this and have yet to sample at least one Radin record... you're missing out on some of the most beautiful indie sounds being produced today. Please - got to iTunes now and investigate. Afterward, get a little nostalgic with us and read the XXQ's originally answered by Joshua on June 2 and 3 2007. 

XXQ: Joshua Radin (PEV): How and when did you first decide to become a musician?

Joshua Radin (JR): I was going through a bad breakup with a woman in New York and I couldn’t figure out any other way to express what I was going through, so I picked up the acoustic guitar, learned a few chords and started writing songs, like a diary I guess.

PEV: Do you find your early work as a screenwriter helps with your writing style?

JR: Definitely. It got me used to telling a story visually.

PEV: What kind of environment do you surround yourself in when you write?

JR: I have to be alone. That’s the only requirement.

PEV: What was it like the first time you stepped into a studio to record your own music?

JR: Quite surreal. Having people there to work on my songs was bananas. Ha.

PEV: You have traveled all over but which city do you think offers the best environment for music?

JR: New York. No question.



PEV: What do all your friends and family think about your success?

JR: They love it. They get so excited by the smallest thing, but I really dig that about them.

PEV: You played “Winter” for the first time at an open mic night. What was the reaction from the crowd and how did it feel to finally play your music to a live audience?

JR: Well, the only people there were other musicians, but they seemed to like it. They clapped afterwards. Ha.

PEV: What can someone expect from a live Joshua Radin show? What is the best part about playing live?

JR: People can expect that I will sound like I do on the record, which I think is rare these days. The best part about playing live is looking into people’s eyes while pouring out your soul to them and watching how they react.

PEV: How does it feel when people call you a “modern day Nick Drake and Simon & Garfunkel”?

JR: Feels good…real good. Hopefully one day someone will tell a young artist that they’re a modern day Joshua Radin. That’d be cool.

PEV: What can people expect from the re-release of “We Were Here”?

JR: An intimate journey.

PEV: How was the writing process different in “First Between 3rd And 4th” and “We Were Here”?

JR: Not really different at all, just me being honest about my experiences and feelings.

PEV: If you could collaborate with one artist, alive or passed, who would it be and why?

JR: Bob Dylan. Or maybe Paul Simon because they are the two best songwriters to ever live, in my humble opinion.

PEV: How has life on the road been for you?

JR: Amazing. It’s what I was meant to do…be a troubadour.

PEV: Having lived in both New York and LA, what is your take on the east coast/west coast music scene?

JR: New York’s scene isn’t as strong in my opinion. L.A. has more of a community of songwriters, at least that’s what I’ve found. Once all of us realized we could pay our rent by selling our songs to TV shows and films, we all moved out to L.A. where those type of projects are made.

PEV: Do you find one topic in your music you keep going back to?

JR: Eyes. I dunno why though.

PEV: Is there one artist now that you think people should be looking out for?

JR: A few: Schuyler Fisk, Brett Dennen, Ingrid Michaelson and William Fitzsimmons.

PEV: What is currently in your CD player or on your iPod?

JR: A lot of Elliott Smith. Love it. Every single song.

PEV: If I were to walk into your house right now, what is one thing I would be surprised to find?

JR: You’d be surprised that I don’t have a house. I have a storage unit in L.A. and crash with people when I’m in L.A. for an extended period of time. I live on the road for right now.

PEV: When you are not working, what do you like to do?

JR: Sleep, eat, have sex.

PEV: So, what is next for Joshua Radin?

JR: I’m working on the next record. Who knows when it’ll be done, but I’m working on it…

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