TwentyONE Q’s with J McCarthy

Who is Josua McCarthy?
Josua is a father, son, uncle, nephew etc. More so I am an artist who expresses his artistic view through his music, I’m a story teller, minister also I’m an open book also a very transparent person what you a see is what you get, as I’m a hip-hop artist I always tend to operate in truth.

How did you get into music and how long have you been singing?
I got into music at age 8, joining the band at church. Then with family and friends always singing. My family always asked me why I don’t join the choir and worship team so I left the band and though I played drums since age 12 I focussed on singing and rapping. My very first time on stage was at 8 doing a hip hop track called “Satisfy You” by P Diddy and R Kelly.

How would you define yourself?
I would define myself as a God fearing man trying to do right and be a light in the darkness through everything I do. should project a Love Peace and joy in everything i do.

I notice that you have a very strong, positive message in your music. Can you tell us about that?

I base my positive message in my music on my personal walk with Christ and deep love for God and his Word. I used to do battle rap on high school and if I didn’t commit to God (through Christ Jesus) my sound and music would’ve probably been different.

I know that sometimes singers prefer to write the lyrics and then work on the music afterward. Tell us about your process?
I prefer the music and production to be done first before we tackle lyrics and writing etc.

Who are you listening to right now?
Mali Music, Ty Dollar Sign, Drake, J Cole, A Reece, Common, Heather B, G easy, Lecrae, DaFaith 111.316, Tray V.

Any likes/dislikes on the Cape Town music scene?
I love Cape Town’s Music Scene. The love, support and respect I get when on stage or at an event is encouragement. I have no beef or dislikes.

Do you think that radio stations make it easy for new artists to get their music playlisted?
No

If you could start your own radio station, what would you do differently?
I would play unregistered music, interview up and comers and also allow live performances from mc’s, singers and poets. My radio station with be a business, but also a place where creativity will be cultivated.

Any artist or producer out here that you would like to join forces with?
Producer: Ganja Beatz, Nathan Williams
Artist: Adilson Manual Ndala

Who/What is your biggest inspiration right now?
My son is my biggest inspiration.

Tell us about your favourite childhood memory.
It will have to be of my grandfather and I hanging out and him telling me stories and telling me how he loves me and sharing advice and his heart with me, teaching me how to stand, sit and be a man.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new sound, more acoustic, more fusion. Still rap, but blending other elements to take my message to a larger audience. I am also releasing a track end of July, it’s going to be a banger.

What role do you think an artist has in society?
Since nobody listen to pastors and teachers and police anymore us artists are the new teachers, parents and pastors of this generation so it’s our responsibility to feed the people with healthy food.

What’s the best advice you’re been given?
If somebody shows who they really are believe them the first time” Maya Angelou

What is your favourite or most inspirational place in Cape Town?
Sacsmere Estate, wooden park in Retreat.

Tell us about your dream project.
My dream project would be to open and fund my own dance studio and school one day. Dance is one of the many things I’m passionate about.

Who was your favourite artist/producer to work with? Why?
Adilson Manual Ndala, we work well together and we always feed off each other’s energy and vibe and always create honest and provocative music.

Professionally, what would you like to achieve before the end of 2017?
Getting signed to a record label.

Most embarrassing moment?
Trying to dance move on stage in a performance and falling on my back. LOL ai.

Any advice you’d like to give to upcoming artists?
Stay true to yourself and never compromise your sound, music or message for money or fame. Stay true to your heart, because the people aren’t stupid they know when you’re being real or not.

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