We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh One 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 believed in the whole “no risk, no reward” concept. However, I know for a fact there has been plenty of more risks I’ve taken than rewards. However, I do believe this is what drives me to do something great every time I start a project.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started out as a DJ in 1993 in OC, and soon began playing out in the LA underground scene. As time went on I became more established by playing more parties, clubs and events in the US and internationally. I got obsessed with music production that led to my first record deal and have been releasing records since 2001. I eventully started my own boutique record label, Boomnote Music in 2005. During the early years, I struggled with the concept of having a day job knowing music was my ultimate passion and spent hours thinking of how to eventually get out of the day job situation. I finally released my first single Contemplation in 01′, which was appropriately titled since all I did was think about making music my career. There was a big house remix of it and it just took off like wildfire overseas, so I finally got my wish, no more day gig. There’s countless lessons I’ve learned along the way, but the number one for me will always be to stay true to my own original style and sound while constantly elevating it with the times. My label Boomnote continues to push an eclectic & original style of hip-hop, downtempo and other left field music, with strong focus to support artists through sync licensing. We’ve been building on our current roster and will be announcing new artists and projects this year. My new single from the EP “What’s Going On?” (feat. Demetrius Rhymes & Eighty Bugg) just dropped April 2nd and will be on a limited 7″ vinyl.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d probably say Atwater Village, as it’s kind of/was a little hidden pocket where a lot of music is made. I was fortunate enough to have a room in the old Beastie Boy Studio – G-Son. Then soon after settling in the complex down the street on Glendale Blvd. with Mount Cyanide.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shout out to 3 people in helping me define who I have become as an artist: Cyrus Melchor (Mount Cyanide), Dj Poet (DJ for Black Eyed EP) & Dj Cocoe (Grand Avenue Records)
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