Joshua is a London based singer/songwriter and has been living in the UK since he was a child. He was born in Tehran to Armenian parents. He writes from the heart with a focus on meaningful lyrics and simple memorable melodies. He believes a song can inspire, motivate, reduce one to tears or just simply act as a forum of escapism.

Interview by Rageh Omaar:

1) What’s inspired your songs?
Inspiration comes from many places, life experiences, friends, family or it could be something I have read or watched. Also just listening to people and their lives and their stories. It’s usually a combination of things and places that inspire me. My main rule is to write when I feel inspired.

2) What are some of your hobbies?
Believe it or not, I listen to a lot of music. I am also a keen snowboarder and try to go to the mountains at least once a year for that. Football is also good fun and I try to play with my friends once a week to keep fit and socialise.

3) If you could do a dream gig, where would you choose?
Actually, three places come to mind …. Japan, Mexico and California. I would love to gig in all three of those places, but most of all in Tokyo. I have always wanted to gig in Japan, I just find the country and people fascinating and I am a big fan of Japanese food and culture. Also I have heard they have amazing mountains so I would be keen to go snowboarding there.

4) What music do you listen to?
I have a wide taste in music and listen to all sorts. Some of the artists I listen to and admire are: Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Sting, Queen, Cold Play, Abba, Muse, Bob Marley, Ed Sheeran, Eva Cassidy, U2, Calvin Harris, First Aid Kit to name a few.

5) What Guitar do you use?
I have two that I use mostly, a Takamine P4DC acoustic and a Fender Stratocaster custom. Both are amazing in my opinion and sound lovely. I think a guitar in a way chooses you when you go shopping. When I went to buy my acoustic, I was brand agnostic and had an open mind… I played all sorts on that day, including, Taylor, Martin, Fender and I just preferred how the Takamine sounded and it felt really comfortable in my hands so I went with that. End of the day, it’s a preference thing as all of those brands make some superb guitars.