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Joesef

Singer / Songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland
Joesef

Joesef Biography

Representing the multilayers of the Scottish singer’s character and heart, over the past two years we have all witnessed an artist who has grown from bedroom pop to master and co-producer of new soul born from new heartbreak. Writing songs that are nakedly, wrenchingly honest, but with a sense of humour that “underlines the harsh punchline” Moving to London last year, the only place that felt like home was the studio with Ivor Novello Award Winning producer Barney Lister (Obongjayar, Joy Crookes, Celeste), who has co-produced with Joesef debut album Permanent Damage. During an intense period of creation and hedonism in the uncharted city, Joesef developed his craft, co...

Representing the multilayers of the Scottish singer’s character and heart, over the past two years we have all witnessed an artist who has grown from bedroom pop to master and co-producer of new soul born from new heartbreak. Writing songs that are nakedly, wrenchingly honest, but with a sense of humour that “underlines the harsh punchline”
 
Moving to London last year, the only place that felt like home was the studio with Ivor Novello Award Winning producer Barney Lister (Obongjayar, Joy Crookes, Celeste), who has co-produced with Joesef debut album Permanent Damage. During an intense period of creation and hedonism in the uncharted city, Joesef developed his craft, confiding in Yorkshireman Barney, which felt like “therapy everyday”.

Joesef has bewitched audiences across the country and played his most raucous homecoming show at the 2500 capacity Glasgow’s O2 Academy in May, but not before his “f***ing mad” moment at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom, having blizzarded the city with flyers a few years before for his first pub gig at King Tuts.

It was only nine months after pulling pints that Joesef was catapulted into the public arena in 2019 with his immaculate, critically acclaimed debut EP Play Me Something Nice, whilst being lauded by Sam Smith to Mark Ronson for his “sad boy bangers”, the 26-year-old has a talent for capturing soul and the nerve of a song. His new music shows the astounding development of a self-taught artist, exploring new realms with production, but always centred on the vast emotional weight of his lyricism, self described as “pure working class torch songs”’. Not coming from a musical family, but owing his musical references to his mum’s kitchen radio, with Al Green, The Cure, and The Mamas and the Papas playing all day in the background, Joesef’s exploration of the past is apparent in his deeply personal songwriting, having released his critically acclaimed second EP Does it Make You Feel Good? in 2020, which featured the lauded single ‘I Wonder Why’ with Loyal Carner. Garnering over 30 Million global streams, Joesef released a cover of Sister Sledge's iconic ‘I’m Thinking Of You,’ showing the breadth of his soul, and stylistic influence of Northern Soul ballrooms.

Writing with such full-force candour as he enters his new phase, Joesef says: “When I hear people singing and I don’t buy it, it doesn’t move me. That’s your job as a musician: to move people, and give them music they can make their own and attach their own feelings to. That’s why and how I love music. A song can make my day, or ruin it. I love that.

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Joesef Discography

  • 2019SingleDon't Give In
  • 2019SingleLimbo
  • 2019SingleLoverboy
  • 2019EPPlay Me Something Nice
  • 2020AlbumApple Music Home Session: Joesef
  • 2020EPDoes It Make You Feel Good?
  • 2020SingleI Wonder Why
  • 2020SingleThe Sun Is Up Forever
  • 2020SingleThink That I Don't Need Your Love
  • 2021SingleFire
  • 2021EPLate to the Party
  • 2022SingleEast End Coast
  • 2022SingleIt's Been a Little Heavy Lately
  • 2023SingleLet's Stay Together
  • 2023AlbumPermanent Damage
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