Jeshua is Glasgow-based Joshua Gray's solo dream pop project. He now he casts Unreliable Narrator, which is also a demonstration of how well he manages to transport the listener to another dimension.
We have taken the opportunity to talk with him about his latest work and future projects of him.
Your album "Unreliable Narrator" has a very good impact. What were you inspired by to create it? How do you turn your inspiration into the final product?
It was pretty much informed by the events of the past 10-15 years of my life, a lot of memories and circumstantial things, as well as drawing a lot of influence from surroundings and as many day-to-day experiences that felt relevant. I tied all this together into the songs on there.
What can you tell us about the album?
I guess I was listening to all sorts of pop music whilst recording it which helped a lot. So much of the process was breaking down internal barriers and doing things my former self would have hated. I think I learned to not be a purist and that trying to grapple with control over every aspect of the situation is impossible and counter-productive.
I feel like the underground scene will continue to persist. Do you think we will be able to return to "normal" events and festivals soon?
I’m no expert, but it seems like a massive grey area. I guess we’re just currently dipping our toes in the water at the moment and hoping for the best? New Zealand seems like a utopia right now though. I know everybody is fed up and desensitised but I guess we need to be patient.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?
I’m starting to appreciate and embrace a lot of classical music and forms, i’ll definitely be adding that to the equation next time. My partner Ellie’s in the classical world and i’m learning a lot from that and looking into how it can be funnelled into my kind of music. That as well as creating soundscapes and other modern textural stuff. I’d like to achieve a richer sound. Although on the flip side I might just make something straight to the point and basic, like some dad-rock type shit haha.
How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I don’t know, I haven’t really contemplated it to be honest! I guess that might be a unique thing for each individual. I guess the personal side of it is what makes music special.
What other projects are you working on right now?
I have a bunch of stuff i’m always working on, some might not be suitable for my own project and i’d love to branch out and write for other artists. Definitely more stuff in the works from me though.
What makes you happy?
I love the ritual of cooking and preparing food. It definitely keeps me grounded in so many ways and I see it in the same light as music for sure.
Do you have any final words of wisdom?
I’m definitely realising it’s true that time is as much of an ally as it is an enemy!