At just 19 years old Josh has performed professionally since the age of 12 and most recently graced our screens reaching the semi final of Britains Got Talent.
After headlining his own gigs, Josh has been seen on stage across the UK and has supported both “The Saturdays” and “You Me At Six”
With added maturity and influences from the likes of music greats James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Louis Armstrong right thorough to Usher and Bob Dylan, Josh emanates what today's music industry stands for. Real and raw talent that touches audiences and imprints his name on the legacy he leaves behind.
1. Josh tell us a bit about yourself?!
Well, I’m a singer-songwriter from Middlesex and I’m 19.
2. How did you first get into music?!
I first took an interest in dancing at about 5; I was that toddler at the wedding who would dance from start to finish, regardless of who was watching. But then when I took up dance classes, I saw that some of the other dancers were taking singing classes and that’s when I knew it was something I wanted to do. Before that I’d only really sing at home or in the car on long journeys. So I think that was where I first developed a passion for being on stage.
3. You most recently graced our screens and reached the semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent. How did you find this unique experience?
The experience was crazy; unique really is the only way to describe it because of the speed at which you are thrown into the limelight. They try to give you advice to help you deal with the attention but I don’t think you can ever really know how to handle it when your 16. You just have to trust the people around you and make sure you don’t get too far ahead of yourself.
The process of BGT can be very stressful which a lot of people don’t realise. Mainly because some see it as a fast track past all the hard work others do to make it. However I disagree, for some people, those shows just work. But for others I suppose the beauty comes from building your fan base, writing your own material, gigging everywhere from pubs to venues, watching your brand develop, which is something I’m now aiming to do.
The main thing it has taught me is to just relax and enjoy every moment that comes your way, because it can all disappear from under your feet in the blink of an eye, which is how it all felt for me.
4. What was it like supporting The Saturdays and You Me At Six?!
It was really good fun. When you are playing alongside artists in the charts, that’s when you start to feel like you’re achieving your dreams.
5. Aside from music, what else are you interested in?
I grew up playing Rugby alongside my music which is something I’ve always tried to stay involved in. My family are really involved in the sport so it’s hard to stay away from it, even if I do get a black eye every now and then!
6. How would you describe your fashion style?!
I have two sides to my style. It’s indie inspired but I just like anything a little bit different. Some days I’ll play it safe with jeans and a tee but I do love wearing a crazy shirt on a night out or anything vibrant for that matter. I think that when you wear something a little bit different, you challenge yourself to pull it off, and regardless of any stick you might get, if you think it looks good people usually follow suit!
7. What do you look for in a pair of shoes?
I’ve only very recently got over my obsession with shoes. I used to have loads of fresh pairs of pretty much untouched trainers. It actually became too difficult to keep them clean though and I found myself with pairs of really nice trainers that I never wore out cause there was never anywhere clean enough to wear them! So now as my style has changed a little bit, I’ve loosened up about having clean shoes and will tend to go for comfortable and reasonably priced shoes. I think the most I’ve ever spent on trainers is like £40, mainly because I will shop around for a bargain and don’t mind buying vintage.
8. Within a short amount of time you have achieved some great things. Your online fan base has soared; you have headlined your own gigs and supported some of the UK’s top bands. What are your plans for the future?!
Just to stay happy and healthy, meet some cool people and do some cool things. Trying to imagine how the next year or so pans out is way less fun than just doing it and being surprised, so I think I’ll go with the latter!
Josh Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/joshbarrymusic/info
& Twitter account: https://twitter.com/joshbarrymusic
Check out Josh YouTube channel where he posts promotional videos and acoustic live music videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/JoshBarry54099