Josh Watts, the musician and producer that serves as the primary creative force behind indie project Ivory Lake answered some questions for us!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?
I suppose my first impression was what amazing players they where and their overall dedication to not only the music, but to the lifestyle as well. Being a touring musician isn’t just about playing the show, it’s the 12 hour flights and the 7 hour trips in the van, accompanied by terrible gas station food and cramped living spaces- but my band always embraces the experience and I think that’s what it’s all about in the end. If you’re not having fun while putting in the work, what’s the point?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS?
I think my favorite memory must be back in 2018 playing the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, that night Dave Mustane of Megadeath, and previously of Metallica, was in the audience. Which was surreal for me, being a massive Metallica fan, even if I did end up accidentally insulting him. Another one of my most fond memories is playing my first big festival in Wisconsin with Geoff Tate (previously of Queensryche) to over 5000 people. That was a crazy show I will never forget; it had always been a dream of mine to play live in the states.
WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?
It’s gotta be Matty Healy and George Daniel of the 1975. Matt’s lyrics have always spoken to me and I personally think George Daniel’s production is second to none. He has a way of making a track sound simplistic yet complex at the same time. To work with them would really be a dream for me.
WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?
I’m most proud of the title track of my debut EP “Pillows.” It’s a very personal song about the effects of domestic violence as witnessed by children. It’s the song that took me longest to write from the EP and it really came together in a beautiful way, just the way I have been hearing it in my head for years. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can head on over to my Spotify page ‘Ivory Lake’ or stream it on any service you choose.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?
It really depends what country, but UK it’s gotta be a chicken Tikka slice, a black coffee, and as much chocolate I can fit in my face hole.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
I take a lot of influence from the darker more morbid side of life I think. I don’t know why, I have always just been drawn to it when it comes to my music. I feel that it can invoke a deeper feeling when put into art in the right way. There is more than enough suffering and misery in this world, why not capture it and try to turn it into something positive.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Never take time off practicing the instrument that you love and never tell yourself you’re good enough because you’re not. There is always something more to learn when it comes to music.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR?
I plan to record another EP this spring, then with some luck, tour most of the summer if covid allows me to.
Watch the music video for “Pillows,” the title track of Ivory Lake’s debut EP!