She’s just as bright, bubbly and charismatic as her music!
Josie Dunne exudes a genuineness that’s rare to find. With a new album that hits the soul, it’s got beats for days, and lyrics that tell a story every person can relate to. The title itself says it all, “Late Teens / Early Twenties.” Enough said, right? Her music is like listening to a rainbow, and her music videos are the pot of gold at the end. We stan. Her latest release is just the tip of the iceberg! We can’t wait to hear what else she has in store. She’s a name to follow, and a must add to your summer playlist now. Josie took a moment to speak with Tonight Mag about what she’s been up to, her latest release, and more! Get to know this singer/ songwriter below!
How have you kept busy during quarantine?
“I’ve been writing songs all day every day! At the beginning of quarantine, I bought a bunch of studio gear for my house and over the past couple months, I’ve been finally learning how to produce and record myself which has been an awesome challenge. I think it’s helping my overall songwriting, too. I’m feeling like I’ve been getting my best songs in the past couple weeks! Very exciting!”
We are loving your new release “Late Teens / Early Twenties” – very relatable! Can you speak more about it?
“Thank you! With “Late Teens/ Early Twenties”, my goal was to capture all the little moods that come from being in that time period in my life- the sad moments, the scary moments, and definitely the fun moments! I learned so much about myself as a songwriter and as a human being while making this project, so it has a very special place in my heart. I can’t wait for the world to get back to normal (or semi-normal lol) so I can get back on the road and play these songs live! I’m not holding my breath, but fingers crossed that day is soon!”
How have you seen your fans connect with your music, especially during a time where you can’t see them live?
“Since the beginning of the shutdown, I’ve tried to come up with creative ways to stay connected to my peeps because I love playing live and getting to see people face-to-face, so I knew I would miss that a ton. I did a sweepstakes where people could sign up from anywhere in the world for free, and I sent out a signed postcard to anyone that wanted one. Getting mail has become one of the things I look forward to most in a day (haha – that really shows you how bored I am) so I thought hopefully sending out some handwritten mail to people would put a smile on their faces, too!”
Which of your songs, new or old, do you resonate the most with and why?
“At the beginning of quarantine, I wrote “Lost” which felt like ripping out a page of my diary and releasing it. It’s basically a song about all my insecurities, so hopefully I’ll stop resonating with this song soon. Hahahaha! My goal is that if you ask me this question in a year, my answer will be some song about feeling great about myself and having super high confidence.”
How have you seen yourself grow as an artist when reflecting on past releases compared to this new one?
“I think I grow in little ways every single time I release a song. The more I’ve gone through the entire process of experiencing, creating, and releasing, the better I get at all of it. I was so grateful that with this EP, “Late Teens/ Early Twenties”, we released each of the 6 songs as singles, so I could learn 6 different times how to get closer to who I am and who I want to be. In a lot of ways, making this project mirrored how I felt living through my late teens and early twenties: I was learning and growing in little ways the whole time. And now, being on the other side of it, I’m the most ‘myself’ I’ve ever felt in my life!”
Your music videos are so fun to watch! What’s the process like from creating the idea behind a video to actually filming?
“I feel really lucky that I get to work with dope directors that let me be massively involved in the creative direction of all my videos. I did almost all of the visuals for “Late Teens/ Early Twenties” with Bree Fish. Usually, when writing the song, I have an idea for the concept of what I want the video or cover art to be. Bree and I would spend hours going back and forth honing in the idea over the phone. Shoot days are super fun because it’s usually the same crew working behind-the-scenes and we’ve all grown really close by now, so it feels like hanging out with your friends making a fun video all day.”
What’s a top goal you hope to accomplish, and how do you plan on achieving it?
“One of my top goals is to play a headlining set at Lollapalooza in Chicago. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and went to Lolla every year I could as a kid. It would be such a full circle moment to play a set there, having been in the crowds year after year. My plan to get there is just to keep being myself and making music that feels like ‘me’. As an artist, I think that’s the best you can do – continue pushing yourself to be more honest and more authentic. In my experience, good always comes from that.”