Joseph Arthur

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@hot­press: Hi Joseph, are you ex­cited to start your Euro­pean tour?

@JosephArthur: Yeah I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it! I was tour­ing with my band RNDM earlier this year so I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing solo.

@hot­press: How does solo tour­ing com­pare to tour­ing with a band?

@JosephArthur: They’re com­pletely dif­fer­ent projects. I like to be cre­ative with tech­nol­ogy when I’m work­ing solo, and there’s a lot of po­ten­tial for me to do that. Tour­ing solo pushes me to be cre­ative, to give the au­di­ence some­thing new.

@hot­press: Do you have any tricks up your sleeve for the Dublin au­di­ence?

@JosephArthur: Oh yeah, get ready to have your heads ex­ploded! I can’t say more than that, but my new al­bum The Fam­ily was a very in­volved pro­duc­tion and some­thing re­ally new for me, mu­si­cally, so it’ll be a chal­lenge to per­form it live.

@hot­press: The al­bum ti­tle sug­gests that it’s very per­sonal. Is that the case?

@JosephArthur: Yeah. A lot of it is quite per­sonal. Some of th­ese sto­ries are fic­tion­alised be­cause I didn’t want to make it a la­bo­ri­ous au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. I want to cre­ate fam­ily sto­ries that lis­ten­ers could re­late to.

@hot­press: Did your fam­ily re­act pos­i­tively to the al­bum?

@JosephArthur: Uh­hhh, for the most part… You know, be­ing a writer, you gotta write from ex­pe­ri­ence, that’s how peo­ple know you have an au­then­tic voice. You can’t get away from that. You have to hope that the peo­ple in your life can un­der­stand what you’re do­ing. A lot of the time, the writer is on the chop­ping block more than any­one.

@hot­press: Mov­ing from the per­sonal to the po­lit­i­cal, you’ve writ­ten a protest song against Don­ald Trump.

@JosephArthur: Yeah I think, with mu­sic, you can be safe and not po­lit­i­cal and just do songs that both the left and right could get be­hind. But I’ve never shied away from things, whether it’s re­li­gion or politics.

@hot­press: Has ‘The Cam­paign Song’ at­tracted neg­a­tive feed­back?

@JosephArthur: I think it’s at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion from the ‘right’ side. But I try to steer clear of so­cial me­dia once I post things. That’s the trick, don’t read the com­ment, don’t look at it again, just leave it!

@hot­press: Is Hil­lary much bet­ter?

@JosephArthur: It’s in­ter­est­ing, when I recorded the anti-Trump song, I was a Bernie sup­porter. Then when it was re­leased, it was down to Trump vs Hil­lary. I was listening to Hil­lary’s grad­u­a­tion speech re­cently and I found it pretty in­spir­ing. I do think she’s do­ing a lot bet­ter. I tend to be op­ti­mistic about our coun­try with her in charge.

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