Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started plunking out songs on my piano when I was around 5. There wasn’t really a catalyst for me to start writing music, but the catalyst which really caused me to want to pursue music was when I was 6. I saw the musical Once on tour and realized that music was something I really wanted to pursue.
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’s ever happened to me in my music career has to be performing at the Hollywood Bowl with Alan Menken. I grew up listening to his music and being able to even stand on stage with him was INCREDIBLE.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Having my musical, that I wrote the music, lyrics and book for, live streamed from the Off-Broadway theater New World Stages in New York City!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I typically improvise a melody and chords, then lyrics, then I record it so I can revisit it when orchestrating.
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?
One of the biggest challenges facing Indie Artists has to be music promotion. While we do have Tiktok and Instagram, the algorithms of each make it really hard for every song to reach a wider audience.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Josh Groban because he’s such an incredible musician and singer! I think we would have fun performing songs together as well as musical improv.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
When preparing for a live show like The Early Night Show, I write the scripts, pick out the music, and start drilling the show as much as I possibly can. Rehearsals for projects really depend on the show, venue, and audience. Some shows I can just warm up before, and others we'll spend weeks or even months rehearsing.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
One of the hardest songs I wrote is called “Worlds Apart”, which was inspired by The Little Mermaid, Luca, and other similar stories. I wrote "Worlds Apart" as an opening number, so I really had to make sure I established many important details to set the stage for the rest of the musical. After I mapped out the song, the rest of the writing process came easily!
What's coming up in the future?
I’m going to be releasing some more music and I have a new musical in the works. You can also see me in the new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which I'm really excited about.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
To listen to my music, you can follow me on Spotify, Instagram, and Tiktok at @joshuaturchin and my website .
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About Joshua Turchin
Joshua Turchin is a multi-hyphenate; he's a singer, actor, dancer, musician, composer, music director, accompanist, and writer. Select theater credits: Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation (Original Off-Broadway Cast), two Broadway National Tours, Flounder in The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at The Hollywood Bowl, Trevor the Musical (TrevorLIVE LA and Original Off-Broadway Cast), The Pill (Off-Broadway), Ludlow Ladd, many developmental works (lab/readings), Broadway/Off-Broadway cast recordings, iHeartRadio (comedy voiceovers), various animated series and commercials including Nick Jr. and Pixar. TV/Film: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+), CoComelon, and an upcoming Netflix movie musical. As a composer/writer, Joshua’s original musical, The Perfect Fit, was recently live streamed in concert from New World Stages and released an EP on Broadway Records, with more exciting news to come! Joshua is the host and creator of the hit web-series, The Early Night
Show, now on the Broadway Podcast Network. Joshua’s original music is available on all digital streaming platforms.