We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Arnoux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I come from a long line of entrepreneurs in my family. A lot of the men in my family are big on owning your own business or independent contracting. It seemed like a natural evolution for me at some point.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started out very young. I was writing music before I even turned 10. I would write songs and then have my cousins sing with me. So it’s been a while. I think what sets me apart from others is that I am looking at my Gospel record label from all sides. I see music as a way to communicate with people and it is also a way to monetize something that people were going to do anyway,and that’s listen to music. I believe that the gospel music genre is under represented and that we have a lot offer in multiple ways.
Watching people like Kirk Franklin and Donald Lawrence, I learned that gospel music has the ability to branch out to so many different areas of entertainment while still ministering to people souls. It’s not easy of course, but I feel like it’s worth it. Building a brand and label from the ground up is very hard work. I’m up agains a mountain of major labels, indie labels and people that are far ahead of me. But, I wouldn’t trade the struggle or the fight to make it. Struggles don’t just make you stronger it gives you a story to tell later. I would hate to become great because everything was handed to me. I’d rather look back and remember when I had to sell equipment just to pay for promotional materials, or selling stock to fund recording and musicians. These stories are what encourage people to keep reaching for their dreams.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I am not an exciting person, lol. I enjoy long walks in the hall way of my house and watching movies in my living room. But in New York, there are so many things to do here. But, if your looking for hip and funky places to chill Brooklyn has become one of the coolest places to live now. If you are young and looking shops, eateries, bespoke shops, Brooklyn’s got it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom. I watched my mom write novels for years as a kid. She was an avid reader. She always pushed me to write, produce, and sing. She would drive hours to go see me perform and be so excited about it. Definitely my mom. Lisa Arnoux
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