He is undoubtedly one of the most exciting local artists to have come out of the music space in 2016 and with hits such as ‘Go Under’ and ‘Fall Again’ under his belt, it seems Josh Wantie is here to stay. The singer recently released his debut EP, ‘Paper Crowns’, which was met with a fantastic response. His music is something a little out of the ordinary which is incredibly exciting. This week, I chat to the star about his new music, why he chose to release an EP and he gives us a little glimpse into the future.

Where did your passion for music stem from?

I remember my dad playing all kinds of music around the house and in his car non-stop and this made me fall in love with music.

You’ve recently released your debut EP ‘Paper Crown’. Tell us a bit more about that.

It’s a sort of electronic indie experiment. A lot of work went into it so I am happy to have finally got it out, but already thinking of the future. Now that it’s out and I’ve had a good response it has inspired me to write more music.

There is a considerable rise in artists releasing EPs. Why do you think the trend is so popular for musicians?

I think it’s the fact that the music climate is not the same as it was in the past. Full length albums are a massive undertaking and take a lot of resources to produce. In the past people had to buy the whole album if they wanted a few songs off it, now with iTunes etc. people can just get singles. So artists are sort of putting their best foot forward with EPs so to speak.

‘Fall Again’ is a massive hit. What inspired the track?

Fall Again’s chorus hook/beat just came to me one day when I was thinking about a negative relationship, and it was just kind of a declaration of moving on. It’s a song about not falling for the same stuff and making the same mistakes again. I built the song around that.

How would you describe your sound?

It’s kind of electro/indie at the moment but heading towards electronic/pop/house in my newer stuff. I’m very excited for you guys to hear what I’ve been working on.

What do you want the listener to take away after listening to your music?

Hopefully it makes them feel a certain way, whether that be happy, or reflective or emotional. It’s important to me that people enjoy it on a surface level, but I also hope they take away something deeper too.

What do you think it is that sets you apart from any other musician in South Africa?

There are so many great artists here for a relatively small country but I think I have a slightly different sound compared to what most South African listeners are used to.

2016 was a massive year for you. What does 2017 have in store for you?

2016 has been fantastic for me. I made many great new opportunities and friends. Hopefully 2017 has much more of the same amazing stuff.

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