Josh Taerk is breaking molds within the music industry! From his sound to his looks and his songwriting abilities, you can’t just stick him in one category or the other. And that’s what makes him great and got him noticed by industry veterans and Hall-of-Famers John Oates and Max Weinberg.
Josh has toured Canada, where he is from, the U.K. and the U.S. He is getting ready to release new music. To learn more about this talented artist, check out our interview below!
1. How would you describe your sound to new listeners?
My sound really comes from my attachment to storytelling. Whatever story I’m telling, wherever the song wants to take me; that dictates how I sing and structure the chords and melody. When I perform my songs live I always want to paint as full a picture as possible for my listeners to interpret and the emotions that come up contribute to how loud my voice gets, how deep and strong I sing; and how hard and fast I play the guitar.
As far as where I fall genre wise, I leave that up to my audience. I believe music is meant to be experienced, and I want my listeners to be able to take my stories and apply them to their own lives. So, I am whatever they need me to be at that moment.
2. What inspired you to write “Take A Chance With Me?”
This one was such a fun song to write! I had just got home from touring through The UK and before my bags hit my bedroom floor my brother runs in and says, “I’ve got this idea for a song.” So Ryan and I are sitting there trading ideas back and forth, catching up, and eventually we start talking about girls. Take A Chance With Me is about that moment when you just can’t hide how you feel anymore. When you just want to stand under her window and scream, “How about it? Take A Chance With Me!”
3. You filmed the video in Nashville – can you tell us about that?
We got to film the music video at Santa’s Pub and I loved every minute of it! There is no place like Santa’s, it’s just so vibey and cool, and Santa himself is such an awesome guy, he’s actually got a cameo in the video. It’s a one of a kind place, and as soon as I saw it I knew we had to shoot the video there.
I was also really fortunate to be able to work with David Ogle and his team on the video! They are so good at what they do, so creative, and they hooked us up with some phenomenal local actors for the video. What made it even better was that my brother Ryan got to be the lead in the music video, which was just awesome because it was kind of like art imitating life.
4. Who are your biggest musical inspirations? How have they shaped your sound?
I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan and I’ve never seen a performer put so much energy and emotion into their live shows. He gives 150% in every song, at every show, and you can see that he genuinely wants to be there up onstage performing for his audience.
He tells stories about his experiences growing up and living life; and, because he is so attached to his experiences, and the stories they create, I believe people can feel his music even if they can’t directly relate to the experience he’s describing. When I write songs, I want people to be able to take my stories and apply those stories to their own lives and experiences. My favorite songs have always been the ones where I can relate to the emotion, circumstance and or experience they describe. That’s what I want people to take away from my songs.
5. What’s your favorite song that you’ve written so far and why?
Man, that’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite kid! To be honest, every song I write is a completely unique experience for me and I never write a song in the same way, or even approach a song from the same place twice.
That being said, Take A Chance With Me is one of my favorites because it was so much fun to write and it rocks with the full band behind it live! Stay is another favorite because of how intimate and vulnerable the song is. I think the way we approached Stay on the Here’s To Change album really captures the essence of the story. The last one I’ll mention is Tomorrow’s Man, because every time I play it, that song reminds me of the person that I want to be.
6. Is there any new music ahead?
I’ve got new songs and a few things up my sleeve for the near future. On top of those songs, I’m always writing. My brain is constantly going, and I am always finding inspiration for new ideas, melodies, and lyrics.
7. What’s one interesting thing our readers should know about you?
Something a lot of people may not know about me is that I love downhill skiing. I’ve been hitting the slopes since I was about 2 years old and love to ski. I try and make it out to the mountains every once in a while.
8. If you had to listen to one artists for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
That’s a tough question to answer. I know If I had to listen to one artist for the rest of my life that I probably wouldn’t be able to write music like I do. I believe that in music, and life, what you put in is what you get out. So if you limit yourself to one experience or one genre what you get is only one shade of what could be an incredibly brilliant and inspiring picture. However, if I had to pick one artist to listen to for the rest of my life it would have to be Counting Crows because their lyrics are just heady enough that I could reinterpret them for years.