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My Inspiration's with.... Josh Holmes

Fresh from a headline tour in Indonesia Warwickshire pop-punker Josh Holmes has recently released 'Everything's Changing'. The track is an ode to friendship and being there for someone no matter how much time has passed.

We caught up with him to chat all about his musical journey and what has inspired him.

Hi Josh, thanks for chatting to us today.

Can you remember what performance or artist you saw that made you want to be a performer?

The first band I went to see were The Script in 2013. To see a full arena singing along to all the songs was incredible and since then something I’ve always wanted to

Who would you say is your biggest inspiration musically?

This changes every couple of years, initially it would have been The Script, however, more recently it’s become Simple Plan. I had the opportunity to see them live recently and the way they performed and interacted with the crowd was amazing and something I look forward to bringing to my shows in the future.

How often do you write music?

I try to write a couple of songs every month. Most of my songs are written about personal experiences, so if something has happened I’ll write a lot more about it. Most of the songs never make it further than my bedroom, but every now and then there’s one that gets produced and released

If you could learn a new instrument what would it be?

I would love to learn the saxophone, I’m not sure it would quite fit into my songs but would be great fun to learn

What one song do you wish you’d written?

I’ve been really into a band called LUNARS recently, and their songs have such a great energy to them so I think I would love to have written their track called Boys Will Cry

If you could duet with one person - dead or alive - who would it be and what song would you want to do?

Doing a duet with Avril Lavigne with something like Sk8er Boi would be so much fun!

If you could pick someone to be your musical mentor who would you pick?

I think Pierre Bouvier (Lead singer of Simple Plan) would be an incredible mentor. To be releasing music and touring for over 20 years is something I would love to be able to do and I’m sure he’d have some great advice

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve been given?

It was by my producer, Alif, who advised trying more of a pop punk style rather than being a pop artist. I was nervous and scared at first, but it was a great decision and super excited to be sharing pop punk music

Thanks for chatting to us today Josh, it's nice to chat to a fellow Simple Plan fan!

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