Interview with Recording Artist "Cautious Clay"
“Ever since I started playing music, it was always about the feel,” says Josh Karpeh, AKA Cautious Clay. “There are a lot of things in art that you can learn by practicing or studying, but feel’s not one of them. It’s something you’ve just got to have.”
It’s that feel, that deep emotional intuition that fuels Cautious Clay’s sound. Blending R&B, hip-hop, and experimental indie, his productions are dark and engrossing, built upon a unique combination of organic
instruments, digital programming, and soulfulvocals. He writes with unflinching honesty, engaging in deeply personal self-reflection with boldly vulnerable and vividly poetic lyrics. At times recalling contemporaries like James Blake or Sampha, Cautious is a profoundly modern songwriter and a forward- thinking producer, but he’s also steeped in the past, quick to cite Burt Bacharach as an idol and credit Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones as ever-present influences in his artful arrangements.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Josh: Wake up around 9am. Look at my emails, go down stairs to make coffee, work on my computer/make music for myself or other projects most of the day. Usually take 10-15 min breaks throughout the day.
Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?
Josh: Been working on concepts for my music videos for my next round of songs actually that I'm pretty excited about. Otherwise I also have a balad that I am gonna be putting out later this month.
Daily News: What was the inspiration for your career route?
Josh: Creating music has always been so engrained in my identity and being that it just came so naturally to want to produce and develop my artistry.
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
Josh: Having to pick between projects/organize all that I am working on. Sometimes I get hit with a lot of different projects that are not my own and I have to figure out how to prioritize it all, which can sometimes be challenging.
Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Josh: Still a work in progress.
Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Josh: Probably selling out my first show as an artist. That really feels cool how real people want to engage with me, buy merch, and be apart of my journey.
Daily News: Where do you see yourself in 5?
Josh: Either somewhere on tour around the world with my artist project or potentially opening my own publishing company to help other artists and creatives.
Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Josh: If you are good at what you do and you know it, don’t wait on other people to tell you what to do. Create good content, build a team of your own.
Daily News: Where is your favourite place to dine in your city and why?
Josh: Bar Pitti – food is incredible and the ambiance is low key old world Italian. Gloria’s Caribbean in crown heights – their plantains are crazy. Bunna Café is incredible Vegan Ethippian food.
Daily News: What’s your most treasured possession?
Josh: My laptop
Daily News: Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Josh: Will Smith.
Daily News: If you could be in someone else’s shoes for a day, who would it be?
Josh: David Blaine.
Daily News: What’s your favourite city/country to visit and why?
Josh: Seoul is cool for a lot of reasons. I love NYC though – amazing food, a lot of innovative commerce and a general great feeling; when you get there people are super approachable.
Daily News: What is your greatest fear?
Josh: Feeling uninspired by music.
Daily News: What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Daily News: And lastly, what does success look like to you?
Josh: Influencing the sound for a particular period of time in music and being able to provide a gate way for others as well.