Since shining through on the BBC’s Sound of 2020 poll only nine months after his first-ever gig, the Scottish singer-songwriter has released a brace of #fire singles and EPs, broke his pandemic-induced gigging furlough with a magical woodland performance at last summer’s Latitude, toured with his band and Mercury Prize winner (and long-term supporter) Arlo Parks, and performed a sold-out Friday night at Barrowlands.
From one high to another: Having relocated to London at the end of 2020 – fleeing lockdown #2, an ex- and the memories – Joesef was intent on “expanding my horizons”, musically and emotionally. So he's spent most of last year hunkered and bunkered in The Dairy in Brixton, working on his debut album with producer Barney Lister (Joy Crookes, Celeste), writing and writing and writing.
His debut album is almost done – he thinks one more tune should do it – while his new musical base has also come with an unexpected bonus: a friendship with fellow Dairy resident, Guy Garvey of Elbow.
“His lyrics are just incredible. It’s pure working-class torch songs. I love that shit. I live and breathe for a good lyric – like, I love Phoebe Bridger’s way with a specific image or idea, and how that then becomes universal because it’s so honest.”