His second album, 'modern anxiety' bursts with honesty, documenting affairs with men and women as Josef looks for physical and cerebral love. It was produced by Rich Cooper, mixed by Geoff Swan and assisted by Niko Battistini. . . Each track written by Josef himself.
Here, to celebrate the release of the album, Josef pens an open letter about 'modern anxiety' and where it began.
The first song I wrote for the album was 'Human', in London at the start of 2016. The last song I wrote for it was 'Enough', which I wrote in summer last year in Paris. The intervening years were spent travelling around writing with people. A lot of songs were written and got stored away. Distilling all the songs down to the 'modern anxiety' ten was not so much a process of picking the best song or the catchiest or the coolest – it was about which songs best served the truth and the ideas behind the record, and sat most comfortably together as a body of work.
In terms of direct subject matter, some of the album is autobiographical and some of it is more aspirational. I guess at its core it is interested in relationships – the one with yourself and those you have with others. It’s all there in lyrics.”
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I work in retail at Lovisa, I’ve ranged from a casual all the way up to assistant manager, but now I’m settled part-time. Besides that, I’m always planning performances for the future, and also supporting my fellow performers. And eating. Ooft!Read more: