Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Travelling Man; Singer Songwriter Josh Record, Fresh from Playing Glastonbury, Makes His Toon Debut Tomorrow Night. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Him

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Travelling Man; Singer Songwriter Josh Record, Fresh from Playing Glastonbury, Makes His Toon Debut Tomorrow Night. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Him

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Byline: GORDON BARR

HE may only be 25 but Josh Record could write an autobiography and it would be a bestseller.

That's before he becomes a household name, which he is destined to become.

With a couple of terrific singles to his name so far, he is being dubbed the next big thing by many music critics, and he is drawing on his extensive experiences of life so far in his music.

Those experiences include leaving home at 16, living with young people in need of a home and care and embarking on trips to Kenya with the charity Regenerate, taking the influential young gang leaders from the estate/local area to Kenya for a life changing experience.

When I catch up with Josh he is gearing up for his Glastonbury performance the following day, and you can catch him in Newcastle at Think Tank tomorrow.

"As cheesy as it sounds, last night I was lying in bed just thinking 'wow I'm going to Glastonbury'. It's still very overwhelming, but in a good way. Every day brings something new and exciting, which I just can't believe."

I suggest he has lived a life at 25 which most don't achieve in a full lifetime. "I moved out of home at 16 for London. I've always wanted to have a bit of an adventure and do things that are outside of the box," he explains.

"I've had a couple of years of songwriting experiences that's for sure and writing about them. It's been quite a journey. I've done a lot of travelling and it all adds to something. You pick up things from different cultures and people you meet there. It all lays there beneath and if it's ready to come out in a song, it will.

"I've always been writing songs and producing and it's when you first write a song that's really genuinely got feeling in it and it's really true about an experience you have been through or seen, that it connects with people and they subconsciously know it is real.

"There have been times when I've been in Kenya especially and South Africa when it's hit me so much you just need to go to a dark room and write a song and let it out. …

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