Featured Artist: Joshy Soul
We had the pleasure of meeting Josh when he shopped Do Good Co. this past January when he bought his favorite pair of black leather pants. His style and musical talent is amazing but nothing compared to his personality. He’s ready to have those conversations that those of us who loathe “how’s the weather” dream of. Not only is he musically talented, Josh was recently featured in Fashion Canada as one of the “21 Stylish Musicians We Want to See More of in 2021”.
“One day he’s a little bit country, the next, a little bit sleek and minimalist- and he jewelry game is always extremely on-point.”, notes Odessa Paloma Parker from fashionmagazine.com.
We’re all anticipating an album release in April, but in the mean time enjoy getting to know Joshy Soul.
How did you come across Do Good Co. and what was your favorite find?
J: I was staying at a rad boutique hotel called no vacancy in KCMO and it had a list of vintage shops to go to!
Where did you grow up?
J: I grew up in California. I lived in Long Beach and moved to Moreno Valley California and lived there til college.
On a scale of 1- 10, how important is fashion to you, and why?
J: It is a 10. It shows so much of character that sometimes it’s hard to express. Fashion allows from a distance to show that you are approachable or not. There has been so much history in garments that I loved, that transformed this world. It tells a story of that time period.
If you were to live a day in the life of another human, who would it be and why?
J: Oooh, that is an extremely difficult question.
It would have to be on the lines of like James Bond or Indians Jones. Even like Anthony Bourdain or some explorer. Wherever I would go, I’d want to wear and learn their culture and eat like them. Be so far remote and so immersed. I think those characters get to see places like that.
Greatest musical influence(s)?
J: My top five would be Stevie wonder, Benjamin Clementine, Regina Spektor, John Legend, and funny but, incubus.
What was the biggest challenge you faced as a young adult being a musician?
J: The biggest challenge was myself. Playing “catch-up” because I started playing so late. Believing that this was what I’m supposed to be doing. I would get crazy opportunities and still think, “am I going this right?”
What does “doing good" mean to you?
J: It’s action to make someone’s life more joyful or better. I think “do good” can be confused with “mean well” which is no action at all. So it means to take action that benefits the community or people in a positive manner.What’s your sign?
J: LEO lol
How do you show up for people in your community?
J: I talk and meet people. I listen to people. I try to step up with other leaders that are wanting and making changes in their community and be ready to serve. Could mean social justice, it could mean being the entertainment for a nonprofit or, just trying to be a friend for someone.Favorite thing to do when it rains?
J: Sleep, actually I sleep when it’s sunny too. I try to play vinyls and drink a warm beverage but, I end up taking a nap.Best trip you’ve ever taken?
J: I think it was my first time in Florence, Italy for Pitti Uomo. It’s a men’s fashion event where the whole town is flooded with well-dressed people. I remember exploring the whole city by myself. I made a playlist to help me to remember that time when I hear certain songs. I hung out in the Boboli gardens for hours just dreaming. I met so many wise and dapper old men that I felt like I’ve known them forever! It was amazing!What, if anything, have you regretted never taking the time to learn?
J: I wish I took more time to become a guitarist. I love being a pianist but, sometimes it's just a want to shred. I wish I took time to learn German. Lastly, I wish I took more time to learn myself, I just lived and didn’t pay attention to myself enough. I paid attention to other people.
Photo Credit: Angie Petty @apettyphoto