IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

JOSH OWENS: The legendary Decatur, Georgia. I grew up right behind South Dekalb Mall in Zone 6.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

JOSH OWENS: As a kid I was always intrigued by the art of putting words together. I remember trying to pass off Eminem verses as freestyles with my friends just because I admired his lyricism. I grew up listening to all types of music and gained a huge love and appreciation for musicality and the power of words. I played a little trumpet in middle school and wrote my first song as a project my senior year of high school (it was a track aboutBeowulf over International Players Anthem beat). I remember my teacher telling me I should write more but for some reason I thought I’d be a better psychologist. I got a Macbook for graduation and ended up stumbling across Garageband. I started to dabble in making beats but still never took it serious. When I got to college I linked up with my cousin and we started making songs just to pass the time for fun. A few people we knew heard the songs and started asking for CDs. Little did we know, a hobby would turned into the pursuit of a destiny, but my grades suffered in the process. I ended up moving back to Atlanta but kept making music. It started as club music or what everyone wanted to hear, and turned into an outlet. At the time, having just dropped out, my parents weren’t necessarily supportive of a hobby that wasn’t making me money. Needless to say we clashed, but whenever I managed to get free time I was making music. I didn’t have a studio or access to one so I used my car (it was the closest thing to a quiet enclosed space). Wanting to get away from home, I parked at the Kroger up the street from my house (and plenty of other places) and recorded using the internal mic on my Macbook. The quality wasn’t the best but I was at least able to record, and I learned a lot about mixing in the process. This became my first official project (The 3rd Eye Vol. 1) but still I had no idea of how to release it. I uploaded it, posted it on Facebook, and gave everyone I knew a copy. I shocked to see most of them loved it. Still having problems at home, I eventually moved to Texas to stay with my brother where I’m living now (moving back in August after 4 years). Since moving I’ve been able to grow a lot as an artist and person. I’ve become somewhat of a student of the craft. I was also able to release my second project (The Far Side) and get a better understanding of the inner workings of the music business. Still growing and about 100 unreleased songs in, I’m now plotting on how to strategically become one of the best to ever do it. It’s only a matter of time.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

JOSH OWENS: Simply because I love making music. I enjoy every moment. From the initial idea down to the writing and recording process. It’s a beautiful thing to witness. There’s also something about the feelings music evokes. It can make you happy, sad, focused, hype, or even enlighten you. You can learn a lot about someone by talking to them, but even more by listening to their music. I want to inspire others to follow their dreams no matter the circumstances, and lastly I feel like my music presents a view of life a lot of people may not realize exists. I like to use it as a tool to illustrate that view from time to time.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

JOSH OWENS: My songs are about life as I see it. My experiences, how I feel about myself, my view of the world, the things I’ve learned, mistakes I’ve made, and even the plans I have for the future. Most songs are like a long stream of consciousness. I like to introduce people to things they rarely consider as well. I talk a lot about the inner workings of the mind and the possibility of us being more than just humans. I got to leave a paper trail
but I know people don’t always want to hear that so I do my best to keep things balanced. I had to learn to give the people what they want and what
I want to say all wrapped in one. While practicing that, I gained a better understand of the human mind and psyche as well. This led to a lot of my
songs being structured to pull listeners in based on what the mind reacts to before they even realize the words being said.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?

JOSH OWENS: Whoever is jamming to it to be honest. I don’t think there’s any one type of genre I present in my music so I don’t expect one kind of fan. I sample Chicago as well as Michael Jackson but have soulful, country-inspired tracks like “Limbo”. And then there are tracks like “Gorillas” and “Nightmares” that do something totally different. Growing up hearing all types of music inspired me to want to create all types of music and I think that in turn will lead to all types of fans.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

JOSH OWENS: I grew up listening to everything from Al Green and Barry White to Kenny G and the Beatles (and every rapper ever so I’ve gotten inspiration from a lot of different sources. Originally you have people like Michael Jackson who inspired the whole world to just be great. Growing up in Atlanta of course I was a huge Outkast fan. They inspired me to, well, do me. Their originality taught me how to stay funky, but in my own way and I admired how they always dropped a bit of knowledge on every track. I take a lot of my creative spirit from Kanye and just the enthusiasm he has for creating too. I appreciate the confidence he has in his ideas. I think every artist should have that confidence.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

JOSH OWENS: I’d describe my music as timeless. I say that because its feeling based (not to be confused with emotion based). What I mean by that, is when I create, I let go, and create based on how whatever I’m creating makes me feel. A rock beat could turn into a love song or a club track may
enlighten. I feel like I don’t necessarily write my music, but rather it flows out freely from within. I was once told my music touches the inner being. I’d like to think that I leave a piece of my inner being on every track.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

JOSH OWENS: My music is a lot different than what people are used to hearing. When you listen to my music you can tell I think differently. It’s something I’m proud of and I think attracts people to my sound. They can’t quite put their finger on what’s different but they can feel it.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

JOSH OWENS: Right now I’m working on a (possible) two disc release entitled Free Gold, for now. I’m really indecisive when it comes to releasing my music because I want to do it the right way. I brainstorm at least 50 ideas before I make a clear decision on a project title and I’m always creating something new every day so the ideas are always susceptible to change. What I can say is that new music is definitely coming sooner than later.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

JOSH OWENS: In ten years I see myself living comfortably. My goals are to release at least three major CD’s worldwide, create a worldwide network out of The Midvale School for the Gifted, travel the world, write, produce, and star in multiple movies, create my own adult swim cartoon, inspire others to be great, and lastly enjoy life with my family. I can go on for days, but those are definitely on my bucket list.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

JOSH OWENS: You can find the majority of my work at soundcloud.com/ohshat and
The Far Side is available on DatPiff:
All business or personal inquires can contact MidvaleMusic@Gmail.com