Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions to help to inspire and influence our Creative Young Souls.
The Crew: At what age did you start music and why?
Josh Wantie: Quite late actually, age 14/15 when my brother bought a guitar and I was sneaking into his room to play on it. He got over it and played bass and I just kept playing and never stopped.
The Crew: What instruments do you play?
Josh Wantie: The ones I play proficiently are Guitar, Bass, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, Synth..haha then I’m average at drums.
The Crew: Who were your first music teachers?
Josh Wantie: We had music as a subject in Grade 8, but I hated it haha! Her name was Mr Tarr or something, she was sweet. When I started taking music seriously I just learned from a book, then I had some great lecturers at varsity.
The Crew: What kind of music did you listen to growing up, and what do you listen to now?
Josh Wantie: My dad has always been a huge fan of multiple genres of music which I love. He would blaze all kinds of stuff around the house on our old hi-fi so we never really had a choice. It was like blues, then ACDC and other rock and Roll, then when I was about 10 my dad got hooked on Dance/Trance like Armen Van Buuren and Paul Van Dijk.
The Crew: Did/Do you have a mentor?
Josh Wantie: Not really anyone specifically, my dad, my pastor, some older musicians I looked up to.
The Crew: What advice were you given as a breakthrough artist?
Josh Wantie: Haha lots of convoluted nonsense from people who had no idea and then some great advice by artists I respect a lot, like “work hard at being unique” and “good work always has a way of finding its way to the top.”
The Crew: How did you get into the music industry?
Josh Wantie: I was playing one night at a Hotel when a record Label exec happened to come there for dinner with his friends.
The Crew: How did it feel to be signed by Gallo Record company?
Josh Wantie: It felt like a massive step towards achieving my dreams.
The Crew: Tell us about your debut album, Paper Crown.
Josh Wantie: Its really my first major release, and I put a lot of work into it so I am happy with the way it came out. I am, however, already writing new stuff that I think will be an improvement.
The Crew: How do you feel about the success of your debut single, Go Under?
Josh Wantie: Go Under sort of took me by surprise! I knew it was a strong single but it definitely surpassed my expectations in the way it was received.
Go Under- Josh Wantie (Official Lyric Video)
The Crew: Did you write your own songs on Paper Crown?
Josh Wantie: Yes, 100% all my own stuff. I haven’t used other writers yet on any project but I am open to it.
The Crew: Please tell us about your music making process, and what inspires your creativity?
Josh Wantie: Random stuff actually, haha, I will hear a song I like that will inspire a beat in my head. Or I may hear someone say something in a conversation that sparks an idea lyrically. I seriously have no specific creative process, I record voice notes on my phone, I work in my studio, I jumble it all up and sometimes get good work haha.
The Crew: Do you feel it’s important to write your own music?
Josh Wantie: I do to be honest. I feel like there are too many artists out there that do covers and use other writers. Something about writing your own stuff, no matter how bad it may be, helps you find yourself. What your sound is and what you believe and even as deep as how you see the world. So while I have nothing against artists that don’t, I feel like they are missing out on something.
The Crew: How has growing up in South Africa influenced your music?
Josh Wantie: I don’t have much african influence in my music per se but I think my experience of growing up here has definitely crept into my music.
The Crew: Which South African musical artists inspire you?
Josh Wantie: Some for their music and some for their brand. Rappers like AKA, Casper Nyovest, Nasty C and a few others. Then other artists like Gangs of Ballet, Jeremy Loops and Beatenberg.
The Crew: Your music has a very international sound to it, who are your international inspirations?
Josh Wantie: Haha thank you! Whew..I have so many. In no particular order. Sia, Lord, Jack Garrat, Ben Howard, Flume, Martin Garrix, 21 Pilots, KYGO…even Drake and Kanye. (you will hear some of these in the new stuff I haven’t yet released.)
The Crew: Which local or international artists would you like to collaborate with and why?
Josh Wantie: AKA, Khuli Chana, Nasty C (I want to do a massive rap collab) and then a DJ like Timo ODV or Kyle Watson.
The Crew: What impact has technology, the internet, and social media had on your career so far?
Josh Wantie: It’s so important. I am not the hugest fan but it’s unavoidable nowadays for creatives. It has influenced me positively in getting new people who support and like my music which I love. It connects you with them in a real way.
The Crew: What do you dislike about the music world?
Josh Wantie: There is way too much arrogance and competitive attitudes, we all need to get along and make sweet music. But there are a lot of good people too!
The Crew: How does it feel to hear your music on the radio?
Josh Wantie: It’s surreal at first, but then really exciting.
Josh Wantie- Fall Again (Music Video)
The Crew: What projects are you working on now?
Josh Wantie: My own new stuff. Then a lot of Collabs, one with the Kiffness and couple more that I can’t mention just yet. Then some fashion projects as well..I love fashion and collating with young designers. (DM if you reading this, of real)
The Kiffness- Love Go Cold ft. Josh Wantie
The Crew: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Josh Wantie: Haha, well hopefullly very happy and successful. I want to be able to look back and know that I did my best and worked as hard as I possibly could.
The Crew: Do you think fame and fortune will change you as person?
Josh Wantie: Hahaha you assume that I will have both of these things? I think one can never really know how they will end up until it comes, but I have a solid support system and firm beliefs that will hopefully always keep me grounded and humble.
The Crew: Are you single?
Josh Wantie: Nope.
The Crew: Do you see yourself staying in South Africa?
Josh Wantie: I love it here, but if any cool doors open overseas I will have to see where they lead.
The Crew: What advice would you give to creative young souls out there?
Josh Wantie: Be unique. Work dam dam hard at making the best creative material you can. Sometimes stuff falls in your lap but for the most part it doesn’t and you have to keep pushing through. Enjoy it and have fun. Always treat people with love and respect. Don’t be kak.
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Buy ‘Paper Crown’ on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/za/artist/josh-wantie/id1056403760