Josh Woodward is one of those rare artists who gives his music away for free. Yes, you read correctly, he gives his music away for free! Josh has over 170 songs available for download from his site www.joshwoodward.com and has already had over 2 and a half million downloads. His CDs are available for what he calls ‘name your own price’ basis. All this is of course, only possible through the magic of the internet. It is through the internet that Josh keeps his fans up to date with his latest songs and regular youtube videos. His music is probably best described in his own words ‘intense dark rock, delicate acoustic pieces, with a touch of humor in places’ Check him out – he’s good!
His latest CD ‘Ashes’ which is his 9th album is available for download and the prolific Mr Woodward is already working on his next one …
I was keen to interview this unselfish artist.
TSP: What is the best part of your job?
JW: The best part of what I do is being able to reach millions of listeners simply by creating music and giving it away online. For decades, the only way to be able to share your music with a wider audience has been to sell your soul away to a record label, and break even with money if you’re lucky. Now, I have a lot of people who are willing to donate to the cause to support free music, and I’m able to sustain my music as a business through that. I sometimes lose perspective of what an amazing time we live in.
TSP: If you could go back in time to when you were 20 years old and give yourself some advice – what would it be?
JW: My advice to my 20-year-old self would be “get started”. So many things in life are huge and daunting, but taking that first step early gives you a much better chance of reaching your goals. I spent a lot of time being intimidated or scared to dive into things, when there was all the time in the world to recover from failure. And that’s something I still remind myself today, that I’m just getting started.
TSP: What do you feel is the greatest lack in the world?
JW: People are so closed off from one another. In a way, we’re surrounded by people, all of whom have interesting stories and backgrounds, but so little real contact happens.
TSP: What is your definition of a spiritual person?
JW: Spirituality, to me, is believing that there’s something larger guiding us in our lives, as opposed to religion, which is a specific manifestation of that something. While I’m sure there is an infinite amount we don’t know about how the universe works, I don’t consider myself a spiritual person. The bigger things we can’t see are a distraction from what’s really happening around us – real people living real lives.
TSP: Do you have a life philosophy that you follow?
JW: My life philosophy ties in with my thoughts on spirituality, as I’m sure is the case with almost everyone. These tiny days we’re living are all we have, and wasting them is a crime. I try to focus my time on making the world a better place for the people I love, and beyond. That’s at the core of why I release all of my music for free – what good is it doing the world if you’re wagging a price tag at the people who might enjoy it?
TSP: What in your opinion, is the most important thing that parents can give their children to prepare them for life?
JW: Probably food and water, because they wouldn’t last for long without it. But next to that, just love them and set a good example.
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