Josh Olsen was destined for a career in music. While in high school, he and his twin brother were a part of a band that first allowed them to explore, learn, and grow as musicians. Their music took them as far as an audition for The X-Factor before the band split to allow the members to pursue their individual careers. Josh made the courageous decision to move to LA and hit the ground running with his Pop/R&B music style.
His recent single, “Bad Things”, artfully captures Josh’s soulful voice and emotional message about toxic relationships. I sat down with the singer-songwriter to learn more about his latest song and how music has guided him every step of the way.
Ariel Zedric: In a business that is all about standing out, what are three words that describe your style, music or otherwise?
Josh Olsen: Passionate, goofy, and honest.
Tell me about the inspiration for your most recent single, “Bad Things”!
“Bad Things” was inspired by one of my past relationships. It’s about being so caught up in someone that the bad things start to seem good.
You’ve spoken about your closeness to your family. How has your childhood and upbringing impacted your music?
My family didn’t have a lot growing up, but we had each other, and we all shared the same love for music. I think my childhood really instilled a passion and determination in me to always keep pushing myself. I think that because I had to work hard for everything I wanted growing up, it gave me the work ethic I have today.
Tell me about the high school band you and your brother had! What was it like auditioning for The X-Factor? Would you ever do it again?
My brother and I had so much fun doing music together. Our high school band is really where it all started. I am so thankful that I had those times with him to learn and grow into the artist I am today. The X-factor was a lot of fun and a big learning experience. It really showed me that music is truly the career I want. Never say never, but I’m not sure I would do it again. I like to leave the past in the past.
Talk a little about your decision to move to LA!
It was probably the hardest decision I have ever made in my life. I left everything I’ve ever known and made a leap of faith. I’ve always known I was meant to be in LA. Even though it was hard, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
What has been your favorite part about living in LA so far?
Besides the great weather, I think the opportunities and connections that LA has given me.
Explain the personal and professional struggles you’ve encountered in the music industry thus far. How have they molded you?
I think music is an extremely hard industry and you have to absolutely love it to stick with it. I have been through so many ups and downs with my music, but the struggles have really made me stronger. Every time I get through a hard time or difficult situation I’m always stronger on the other side.
Have you ever doubted your choice to pursue music? If so, what’s kept you going?
I have doubted it so many times. It’s ok to doubt, but I’ve never let that take over my mindset. What keeps me going is something in me that I can’t really explain. I just know that I’m where I’m meant to be. I love to sing and when something is such a major part of you, you can’t give it up.
Tell me about a moment in your career that has left you extremely proud.
I think there are so many moments that have made me proud, and they are always changing to the next moment. This single “Bad Things” is a major moment for me. To have a song that I had such a big role in making happen makes me very proud.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
Ryan Tedder is definitely a huge inspiration for me. I really look up to him as a talented writer, producer, and singer. He has gone through a lot with labels dropping his band and people telling him ‘no’, but he didn’t stop, and now he’s one of the most successful people in the music industry. His undying determination and will are truly inspiring.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists in the field? How has your success story panned out?
Never give up. When you know something, go for it with everything you have, and it’s just a matter of time before it happens. My success story is ongoing every day. Things are looking bright, but there is a lot of hard work ahead.
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