Monsters Who Sleep - 10 Questions Interview
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 was inspired by a friend from high school (shoutout to Zach B.) after he joined my band, My Friend Grim. He introduced me to Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon and since then I've been inspired to write poetic lyrics. Zach also inspired me with his own lyrics.
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 ever happened to me is probably the time my band (Luna Amour) had a festival set. It was this forest where people held rave festivals, and it was in the middle of no where. So we went to this metal festival we played at, and on the way into the venue the road leading to it was awful. It was a narrow dirt road with massive potholes, and my mom was driving me, plus all my gear in her mini van. It was hilarious because it was impossible to avoid the potholes, so my drum gear (I was the drummer at the time) was all crashing together. She drove as slow as she could but the cymbals and drums were making so much noise.
One of the funniest moments of my life.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Being able to release three albums plus an EP in less than a year. It feels great to know how strong my ability to meet deadlines is.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I break the "rules". Basically I don't wait for 'inspiration' to allow me to write. I think that whole idea is so fairytale esque. So I write with a specific goal in mind. My second album, I even wrote the song names out and had the meaning behind them planned out before I had a single lyric written. It's not like that 100% of the time. I write spontaneous ideas down a lot too. And less often I will write without a purpose in mind, exercising my ability to come up with ideas on the spot. The biggest concern when I write is actually having something to say that matters to me.
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 would say the biggest problem with the majority of artists in general (independent included) is their total lack of care when it comes to the business side of things. They don't consider that even if they aren't pursuing a record deal, things still need to look and sound professional. And that they need to act professional and not let their convictions get in the way of their best interest.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Man, of course only one choice. Hahah...seriously though, if I could choose any artist in the world, it would be Bring Me The Horizon. They consistently put out incredible live shows, and being a part of that would be so much fun.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I usually practice in front of a camera once a week. I record it all and watch the entire video to see how I can make it look or sound better. Also the day of a show, I will do a quick performance before I leave for it, just to warm up and get in the right mindset.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Definitely each song on my secret EP, Finder's Keepers (available only to my email subscribers - link to my website is below). Especially Sparrow's Tragedy. Because when I was writing those, I spent hours, painfully putting each note in my recording program. So as two hours pass, I think to myself, "man, I've been writing for a long time now. It must be pretty solid sounding from start to finish". Then when I play the entire thing front to back, it's literally a two and a half minute song.
What's coming up in the future?
Well, I'm in the process of tabbing out my discography for guitar players. I've finished my first album already, and it's ready for distribution. I might wait until the other ones are done to release them as a trilogy of sorts. So expect a TAB book for guitar at some point. But also I plan on releasing a studio album, and doing a tour of my province and surrounding ones when things open up a little bit. And hopefully taking on a bandmate to play guitar for me.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Visit my website www.monsterswhosleep.com to hear my music, also there, you can subscribe to my emails and get my secret fourth album for free. You can also buy my albums on my bandcamp, www.monsterswhosleep.bandcamp.com
About Monsters Who Sleep
Monsters Who Sleep is the flagship dream Joshua Richard held since childhood. Summed up by his early influence, Never Shout Never: "...to make an honest living with an old guitar, and a couple old fashion songs." With three full-length albums, Joshua has proven to himself and his listeners that he is a madman. Debut X, sophomore, Beyond the Inevitable Murmur and awaited To Whomever It Becomes... formed a perfect triptych in less than a year.