"Something I've found has made me say goodbye to my processed life."
Those lyrics from his debut single ‘Processed Life’ shed light on the drive and motivation of why Josh Kroehn has followed a dream to pursue a life as a singer/songwriter. Processed Life was released independently in July 2019, and was met with immediate success in the Triple J Unearthed charts, peaking at number 7 and earning reviews fromTriple J presenters and producers:
“This one's got this really nice laid back flavour to it. One to sit back to. and then BAM. Josh wakes you and the entire street up with a massive rush of guitar.” - Claire Mooney (Triple J)
Following soon after was the release of Josh’s debut EP ‘Something I’ve Found’ in October 2019. The EP received acclaim as a “textured and deep distillation of rock” featuring “tunes that stretch out far beyond any particular genre” (Happy Mag).
" ‘Something I’ve Found’ features incredibly expressive lyrics and delicious melodies, plus a musical build-up that intensifies superbly. Josh’s vocal tone and the style of these songs offer a distinct thread throughout, mood-wise though there’s plenty of eclecticism at work, and for these reasons, this EP makes for a wonderful playlist to escape within.” (Buzz Music)
Josh’s passion for music developed from a young age. Discovering his parent’s collection of LPs and CDs led to a broad and at times eclectic taste in music. His appetite for new music fuelled his curiosity to discover new and different genres and also the plethora of instruments that created these sounds. This exploration drew him to the guitar at the age of 9.
His guitar playing style as a youngster was initially driven by the energy and raw emotion of heavier music and in particular by his idol guitar icons James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. However, a change in schools in 2011, meeting new friends, personal despair all conspired to reveal a deep-seated emotional connection to music which opened his world further to genres of all types.
The diversity of his early influences in addition to those he has found later in life have shaped the type of music that he composes. In particular the virtuosic guitar playing of Ben Howard, John Martyn and Nick Drake, as well as the compositional approaches from Radiohead and Talk Talk have greatly influenced Josh. Josh has performed in various venues around Adelaide, South Australia, delivering a live show where the audience is absorbed into his musical compositions and can expect the unexpected. Josh’s original tone and unconventional guitar techniques take centre stage.
Josh’s music delves into a world where his guitar playing creates textures that carry, conflict and challenge his vocal tones and colours in biographical confessionals. Josh’s music is written about life, and one thing that you can be assured of is that the music will always come straight from the heart and be uniquely authentic. And that's all he really cares about.