Josh Breezzyy - '10 Questions Music Interview'
Joshua Brewster, aka "Josh Breezzyy," is an American rapper and engineer from Long Island NY, residing in North Carolina. Josh owns and operates the record label, McKnight Records. Josh released Third Dimension (January 17th, 2020) which features artists like Caprot, a long time friend and original McKnight Records artist, along with Breana Marin, LaKeith Rashad, John Concepcion, and Eminem long-time collaborator, Mr. Porter from D-12. Third Dimension is Josh's biggest album to date, garnishing over 90,000 streams in the album's first week. Off the hot new album, "“Feel Me ft. Briana Marin” is sure to get you hooked.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Ever since I was a kid, I always had an Eminem CD in my CD player. Even the first raps I ever wrote were over the "No Apologies" beat haha. It was something about the emotions and words he was using that just made me want to do it too. Then as I got older, and started taking music more serious, I was taking a lot of things I shouldn't have, and Em's music helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. Joe Budden too. That "Some Love Lost" and "All Love Lost" duo really changed my life.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing that has happened to me so far in my career has been when I ordered pizza to my mom's house and the pizza guy looks to give me the receipt and goes "Hey, aren't you a rapper" haha. That moment was so surreal to me especially at that time.
What has been the high point of your music path?
So far there's been two high points that I like to talk about. Finally getting an article in my hometown newspaper was awesome. It really felt like wow, for once I am actually being recognized for all that I've done. The second was collaborating with Mr. Porter from D12 on my latest album. He did two records on there and has a hook on one of them, and it's just like the little kid in me is jumping up and down haha.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I go in my home studio, turn on my bigs, and start playing beats. Sometimes, I'll just put my phone on record and start free-styling or sometimes I'll already know what I want to say and start writing. I type all my stuff. I only use a pen and pad when I'm on a plane. If I'm in the studio, it's all typed and saved to all my cloud connections.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I just feel like with so much music coming out daily, it's tough to really break through without a huge financial backing. But, I also think that's a good thing because like, if Drake and me both put out projects, my project will be next to Drake's on Apple Music where it says New Releases, so I'm more liable to get noticed. It's sort of a give and take thing.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would love to share the stage with Mike man... Michael Jackson on stage is just a sight to see, Prince too, and Chris Brown. Alright, my top 5: MJ, Chris Brown, Eminem, Prince and Royce Da 5'9. Easy. I really want to do a song with Chris, man. I hope that happens soon.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
When I'm preparing for a show, I go in the studio, create the whole set mix and then listen to it for like 2 weeks straight, getting to know every pause, break, space, breath etc. Then I run through it in the studio a few times, then I'll map out the stage in my backyard and work on my stage performance, then take a few days to recoup and go out and kill it.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I think the hardest song for me to write was "Delivered Reflections" just because of how real I had to get on it. I knew I wanted to get everything off my chest, but I also knew that it might hurt people that I love around me. But, it was great.
What's coming up in the future?
Right now, I'm working on trying to survive the Corona virus and go on Tour. We're headed to a few different cities and we've got some great lineups! So that's exciting. I'm also working on a small new project exclusively produced by Mr. Porter, hoping to get that out real soon s well!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find all my music on my website at: TheJoshBreezzyy.com or listen to my new album on whichever streaming service you prefer at Smarturl.it/Thirddimension