What made you decide to become a soloist?

The band I was part of dispersed and I just wanted to keep making music…  

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

I’m Alexander Joseph, a sports coach and singer songwriter based in the midlands of the UK. Growing up I was exposed to all kinds of music thanks to my dad’s eclectic taste and my uncle’s passion for creating his own material. I learnt piano and guitar at school and was part of an enthusiastic band covering various Nirvana, Oasis and Radiohead classics. ‘The Routes’ were then formed during my university days – a covers band comprised of a bunch of great mates who I rocked out with at various venues around the country. We also started our own festival called ‘Whitfest’ and it was during this time I started writing and performing my own songs with them. Roll on a few years and I’ve now released three EPs and several singles, five of which have been shared in support of some awesome sports development initiatives/charities.          

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

Who do you sound like?

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

No, I’m trying to keep things simple.

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

A treadmill

What useless party trick do you have? 

I can fall asleep almost anywhere

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Being invited on stage by the band at my wedding to attempt the rap part in ‘Black or White’ 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Performing an inappropriate ‘Flight of The Conchords’ song with The Routes at a family event, where we clearly misjudged the audience – there was complete silence at the end.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I’ve been to two Paralympic Games as a coach with the GB wheelchair tennis players.

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? 
It’s out of this world 😉

What makes you stand out as an artist?

Perhaps the way I’ve combined a career in sport with my music, has been hugely rewarding and allowed me to connect with some amazing people. 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

My old man bad back

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Cover: Talk Tonight – Oasis, because it’s one of the first songs I learnt to play on guitar

My own: A Racket In Hand, because it fuses my two big passions of music and tennis.

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

It’s an acoustic version of one of the first songs I wrote called ‘Summertime Compass’ and has a relaxed, playful folk-pop vibe. 

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

It feels like a good time to release this song with summer BBQs and trips to the beach on the horizon. The song was written during a carefree time when I was figuring out what to do next and holds onto a level of optimism about the possibilities that might lie ahead.    

What was the recording process like?

One of the most straight forward and relaxed studio sessions I’ve had! I recorded the vocals and guitars at home (apart from the lead acoustic part which was delivered by Rob Townley) and then spent a few hours mixing it with my long-term producer and friend, Aron Bicskey. We replaced the percussion and drum samples with real instruments and then referenced the final mix with a few Jack Johnson tracks before signing it off. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

It’s been great to reflect on where my musical journey started and bring an old tune back to life. I’ve also learnt that a stripped back production can work really well and I don’t need to overcomplicate the recording process.   

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not really, although I did try and get some of The Routes involved for old time’s sake, which didn’t quite work out this time…  

What are your plans for the year ahead?

To take a holiday and then finish writing a selection of new tracks before hitting the studio with some of my old band members to record the fourth EP. To find out more or support this project head over to http://www.rocketfuelhq.com/alexanderjoseph 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
To remember why you started whatever it is that you’re pursuing.