“I was inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ says Michael J. Joseph. “I wanted to make a kaleidoscopic album with an array of musical styles that reflects the artists who have influenced me”
A fan of such diverse artists as Elvis, Bob Dylan, Prince, Frank Sinatra, Depeche Mode and Creedence Clearwater Revival, Michael’s retro-tinged songs incorporate elements of rock, blues, soul and country music but with pop sensibilities that give them a contemporary feel.
“I love so many different styles of music and I really don’t want any two of my songs to sound the same,” Michael says “so if I feel a song needs to be poppy, grungy or even easy-listening then that’s the way it’ll be.”
“My debut album ’Stranger’,” he continues, “is a refraction of various elements of my personality. The feelings and vibes I want to convey are joy, despair, excitement, intrigue, loneliness and uneasiness.”
Tying it all together is Michael’s smooth bluesy voice which has been variously compared to Michael Hutchence, Elvis, George Michael and John Lennon. It is a warm, wide-ranging voice which veers from intimate and relaxed to passionate and intense.
The sound of ‘Stranger’ can best be thought of as collaboration between Michael and producer Ed Lewis, who last worked with Michael as one half of the electronic music duo ‘Alien Intuition’ Lewis Ed has fashioned bright, shimmering soundscapes that elicit the spirit of Michael’s songs without overpowering them.
“I’d just like people to enjoy listening to my music as music as much as I enjoy making it.” smiles Michael. “If they do, maybe I won’t be a ‘Stranger’ if you’ll pardon the pun!”