We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Lekas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’ve always taken risks on things I feel are apart of who I am, such as music. Trying to be successful in the music industry is like trying to become a professional athlete, it takes hard work, passion, skill, a lot of patience, and it may not even work out. Not “making it” crosses my mind a lot but if I don’t take the risk now while I’m still in my mid-twenties with my whole life still ahead of me, I’ll probably end up working a desk job I’ll hate. I think if taking a risk is what will make you happy regardless of the outcome you need to go for it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I don’t really try to set myself apart from others, I just write and produce whatever feels right to me. I think by telling my stories from a normal 25 year olds perspective is how my music can relate to other kids my age. I get very nostalgic when I think back on my high school and college years, I really think it’s some of the most important times in life. I’m really excited to give people an album that brings them back to a special point in time, whether it’s a certain semester, summer, or something like that. I started this project as a broke college student just to show my friends, but it led me to taking it much more serious and signing a record deal with Good Toast Records last summer. Even with a label things are still challenging, they can’t control whether people fall in love with your music or making a song go viral. A quote I’ve always lived by is “if it sounds good people will listen” which is why when things get tough I step back and just make music. I’d be happy playing in a bar for the rest of my life with my best friends if it came down to it, but definitely gonna try to be a rockstar before I go bald.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Without a doubt first stop has to be lunch at Urth in West Hollywood, cause there’s nothing more LA than that. After Urth I’d definitely swing over the the Melrose Trading Post to do some shopping and get some new clothes. One of my favorite things to do is watch the sunset in Santa Monica, so that’d probably be an every night thing followed by drinks at 1212 on 3rd Street. Oh we for sure need a Malibu beach day in here as well. On the weekends you’d definitely catch us going to EP & LP then probably finishing the night at Thunderbird or Busby’s. Clubs are overrated, LA bar scene is way better. To cap off the visit we’d probably go to my favorite restaurant in LA, Katana, and then stumble over to Saddle Ranch and hope the line isn’t down the street.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wanna shoutout my best freakin friends in the world. There’s definitely a lot of producers, engineers, and musicians that I literally couldn’t make music without, but before anything they’re some of my best friends in the world. They’re always there for me and gas me up probably more than I deserve and I wouldn’t be able to be me without all of them. You all know who you are and I love y’all.
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