Interview: Joshua Radin

By on Friday, 9th September 2011 at 11:00 am

He’s best friends with Scrubs’ Zach Braff, he’s been compared to American songwriting legend Paul Simon on more than one occasion, his songs have been on every TV show going and he has a new album out at the moment. Who are we talking about? Joshua Radin, of course.

Radin’s career has been an interesting one; it’s been half a decade since he released his debut ‘We Were Here’ and regrettably, his stateside success hasn’t really translated in the UK. When asked how he hoped his new offering will fare across the pond he simply said, “I have no idea but I’ll hope they’ll like it! This is a slightly different album to the one I’ve released in the USA. It’s got a song I didn’t release over there, which is actually the single ‘I Missed You’.”

You can tell why his music appeals to so many in the States: singer/songwriters like him are in high demand. Radin, though, has the edge, in the fact that he actually is extremely talented. The album peaked at number 3 in the US folk charts but Joshua said that he didn’t really bother with all of that: “I don’t really pay too much attention to that sort of thing, I just keep my head down and focussed on the creative part and let the business people, well, get on with the business part.”

It’s easy to see then that he values his work above all else and while he isn’t too interested in charts, he did admit, “if you focus at all on the business side of it, like how many records you sell or what chart position you get, then it can go bad. I mean, it’s a great sense of accomplishment if your work does chart high but if not and you focus on it too much, you can end up feeling like a failure. I suppose you have to take one with the other. The thing with reviews and all those kinds of things, if you believe the good ones you have to consider the bad ones, so well I just try and stay out of it.”

His new single ‘I Missed you’ has already been out for a while and has even entered the top 40. When I asked what the song was about, it really could only be one thing. “There was a girl at home before I left for a tour, which is always the case on a tour, and I always end up meeting some girl 2 or 3 days before I leave. So I tried to write a pop song, because I thought maybe if I write a pop song it’ll end up on the radio and she might hear it, so maybe it would be like a cooler love letter?” That’s how down to earth a man he is though, he doesn’t hide behind smokescreens; he is honest and touching in his words. He wanted to send a message out so he wrote a song, it’s as simple as that.

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