Joshua Radin set to bring Wax Wings to Lowell
BMS talks with the singer-songwriter about his new album, tour
Joshua Radin will make his way to Massachusetts tonight for a performance at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series.
Touring in support of his brand new album, Wax Wings. Released independently in May, the singer-songwriter’s fifth studio effort follows 2012’s Underwater and has proved to be a hit amongst his growing fanbase. With that in mind, we caught up with Radin earlier this week via email to discuss the new album, his decision to go to indie and his ongoing tour.
Boston Music Spotlight (BMS): After a more intimate tour this past spring, you’re back on the road playing bigger venues and will also join up with Matt Nathanson. How has this year’s touring experience been thus far?
Joshua Radin (JR): It’s been absolutely amazing. I’ve been all over the world and my fans just keep getting more enthusiastic.
BMS: You’re on the road to promote Wax Wings, which was released just a year after Underwater. Was this due to in more to a prolific wave of songwriting or the decision to go independent?
JR: It was a combination of both actually.
BMS: What led to your decision to release this independently and what have been the biggest rewards and challenges with this move?
JR: I just grew tired of people telling me what to do. I’ve been doing this long enough now to know what I want out of my career and also what my fans want from me. The freedom to do whatever i want is the ultimate reward.
BMS: Tell us a little more about Wax Wings. how was the recording process and was there anything specific you were looking to achieve?
JR: It was really fun to record this way. I worked with a bunch of different people instead of just one producer. I also produced a few tracks myself. This is something I’m going to do more of in the future.
BMS: Are there any tracks you are particularly proud of?
JR: I would have to say, “Back To Where I’m From”. It’s more of a story and it’s more about someone else rather than me. I’d like to get better at this kind of songwriting.
BMS: How do you feel your sound has evolved over the years?
JR: I feel I’ve become a better and more confident singer. I also feel i have a bit of knowledge now when it comes to recording.
BMS: Walk us through your songwriting process. Lyrically, where do you find your inspiration?
JR: I just live my life and wait for inspiration to strike. You can’t plan that sort of thing. You just have to be a lightening rod and wait for a storm.
BMS: You recently performed with an orchestra in Colorado. Tell us about that experience. Is it something you hope to do more of, perhaps with the Boston Pops?
JR: I would love to do this all the time. It’s an amazing experience hearing 60 instruments playing the songs you’ve written.
BMS: Any final thoughts on your upcoming show in Massachusetts? What can fans expect?
JR: They can expect what I always bring. I make myself vulnerable for them. I try to open up as much as possible and really let them inside. I want the audience to know me a lot better after they’ve seen me play live.