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Joe Waller Music

Sounds likeJack Garratt, Mura Masa, AJR
LocationLondon

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Tell us a bit about yourself? I had aspirations to become a secondary school teacher and never pictured a career in music before 2013. I bought my first guitar when I was 20 after I had a few at Christmas and ended up writing my opening track, achieved an iTunes singer-songwriter top 10 single within my debut year as a musician. It was then I dropped everything and started this crazy journey I've been on over the past 4 years.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? I believe you always lose something as you cross over genres. Whether it be energy, lyrical flair, emotion etc. But my love for so many different genres has forced me to pay attention to so many different things. 1. The energy and euphoria that electronic music brings. 2. The attention to detail that singer songwriters bring to their music. 3. The ability to combine both of the above and deliver a huge live performance with a live band. This need to have all 3 has created the artist I intend to be and hopefully someone the general public has not seen before.

What’s your back-story? My initial source of income is still teaching in primary schools as a sports coach. After teaching all day I use the rest of my time to create music, gig around the country and travel to write for other artists. This whole process led me to name my debut EP 'Second Source of Income' which is home to tracks written about my struggle to switch between my day job and dream job.

What are you working on at the moment? I have taken the past 6 months off from performing at live shows to focus on new music. I knew we could create something special, but it just needed time to put everything in motion. A few weeks ago we were hitting a few hundred listeners a month on Spotify. We have no released our first 2 new tracks and hit over 400,000 streams over 150,000 monthly listeners. It's crazy how the work has translated to so many new followers this quickly. I'm excited about releasing all the other material we have created now.

What's the first song you remember hearing? I always remember listening to David Gray as a child on the way to football and it's probably the reason I am fixated in depth and personal lyrics. Babylon and This Years Love were the first tracks I remember falling in love with as a child.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? The only time I would jump up is if I was drunk. And when I get to that point my love for huge pop melodies can't hide any longer. An N-SYNC or BOYZONE banger would work fine.

What was the first gig you went to? I wasn't interested in music as a child so I only saw my first gig when I was 18. I watched Ed Sheeran before he blew up at a small local venue in Guildford. just over 100 people in the room and he sang a few songs in the middle on a chair. Even at this point I thought I had no urge or drive to do music or learn an instrument.

Which song do you wish you'd written? There are soooo many and it changes depending on my mood. But one I will always come back to is 'Wildest Moments - Jessie Ware'. Its perfectly written. From the incredible metaphors comparing 2 distant people as blurred lines to addressing the feeling that every broken couple have... that no one understands what they feel and never see the magic that has happened but notice the pain when things go wrong. IT IS INCREDIBLE.

Which song changed your life? Thats a tough question, again so many tracks have helped me in life and become a fundamental part in the way I create music. In terms of the biggest influence on my music today: 'SAYA NADA - SHAKKA'. It made me move and dance. And I realised I wanted to have the influence on people... so we started creating music to do that job.

Which song would you like played at your funeral? I can't answer that right now. Have too much 'living' to do.

What song is stuck in your head right now?Anything Lewis Capaldi. His songs have come into my life and made a massive mark. He is one talented guy.

What was the first Album you bought? Ed Sheeran - + After his live show I bought his album and every other thing he had touched. After his show I indulged in lots of artists material and fell in love with the process of finding new artists.

Which song made you want to play music? Fast Car - Tracey Chapman. It was the first song I ever learnt on guitar. Took me weeks and weeks of playing the same thing over and over. I didn't even know what chords were being played, just watched youtube. From then I was pretty hooked.

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