Interview: Josh Kumra
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Here’s a new one for 2012. Josh Kumra’s recently released track ‘Call Off The Search’ showcased his ability for sultry vocals and brilliant songwriting. As a guest vocalist on Wretch 32’s ‘Don’t Go’ and with comparisons to Ray LaMontagne, Josh has been tearing up his local Swindon. With an album out soon, TNS had a chat with him… TNS: Hi Josh, how are you? Josh: Hello! I’m really good thanks, I won at cards last night. TNS: People have compared you to Ray LaMontagne and you grew up listening to Dylan and Hendrix. There’s quite a vintage and soulful tone to your music. Would you say you belong to a different time? J: Maybe I am. My dad was always playing records from Dylan, Hendrix and the Stones, so older music is definitely a big influence…but so is a lot of modern music which moves me too. I just like good music and that’s what I like to make. TNS: Has your voice always been this resonant and strong or has it gradually evolved into its current form? J: I recently found some old tapes I recorded about five years ago and they didn’t sound too good. I’m very happy I’ve gotten better. I remember that I thought I sounded good at the time so I persevered.
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