Rising Star Josh Taerk shares tricks-of-the-trade with singers.
Josh Taerk is realizing his dream to sing across the US, Canada and the UK.
This dream was given a boost when he opened for Max Weinberg (Drummer for Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band) in his hometown of South Orange New Jersey.
But it’s how Josh has handled the journey since then that’s made all the difference – so we’ve asked him to reveal the ins-and-outs of every aspect of reaching out with his music.
What were one or two critical steps you took to reach larger audiences with your music?
I didn’t limit myself to just playing club gigs in cities but also started playing different University campuses and coffee houses as well.
What’s something you do that makes working in a new venue go well?
I was once given the great advice that if you’re good, a venue will invite you to perform, and if you’re nice they’ll invite you back again.
So, What’s your career goal?
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to be a Rock Star, travel the world playing sold out shows to screaming crowds of people and everything that comes with that. However, the biggest thing that I aspire to do is inspire people to follow their dreams and have my music affect them in the same positive way my favorite songs and songwriters have affected my life.
What’s your relationship with social media – what do you do that “works” / or that you like doing?
One of the things I really enjoy doing is responding to all of the posts on Facebook and all the retweets and comments on Instagram myself. Every time someone takes the time to write to me, I always make sure I write them back.
What is some social media stuff you aren’t drawn to?
The one thing about social media I’m not drawn to is the word limit on a lot of those sites. A lot of sites provide the opportunity to write something short and sweet, but they don’t provide a lot of room for context. So I could find something really interesting to write about, but have to describe how I feel in 100 characters or sometimes less, and anyone who’s met me knows I’m not a 100 character or less kind of guy.
Any social media “successes”?
During the fall of 2013, I was on a 20 campus UK University Tour. At each university we held a twitter contest. You had to be the first person to tweet using my twitter handle and a hashtag I set up and you’d win a Christmas gram. Not only did this increase activity in that moment on twitter, it also increased our reach and a lot of the participants are still twitter followers today.
In terms of singing – who is one vocal artist who inspires you?
One of the artists that inspires me in terms of his singing style is Adam Duritz of Counting Crows.
What is it about their singing that inspires you?
The way that Duritz’s voice rings through with so much emotion is amazing. He really connects with the song and the story the song is telling when he sings. I also like that when he sings he doesn’t try to be perfect, there are little imperfections in his vocal delivery that make the song so emotional and draws you in as a listener. It’s that combination that I find keeps me listening to his songs over and over again.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in terms of vocal health and/or technique?
First, when playing shows I drink tons of water. I also do vocal exercises daily, those muscles need to be in shape and kept healthy. The most important thing I’ve learned about singing is to sing with conviction. When you sing a song, and feel the story the song is telling, your audience will feel the emotion in the song as well.
What’s something you do that makes working in a studio go well?
Music is what I love to do, so when I’m in the studio I have a great time being in the studio. If you’re relaxed and you’re having a good time recording, that is what will show through in the finished song.
What are you currently working on in terms of your voice/music-career
We’ve released an extended UK version of my album Josh that includes 4 bonus acoustic tracks. I am also currently in studio recording a new record with my good friend Toby Chapman.
Josh Taerk is a 22-Year-Old Canadian Singer-Songwriter who channels the same beguiling and poignant story-telling lyricism of a young Bruce Springsteen. With reflective tales of hope and optimism, Josh connects with the listener allowing you to take your own personal journey piggybacking on the delicate and warm melodies, molding his words to your own memories.