Lydia Coward

COFFEE HOUSE SESSIONS: An interview with Joel Baker


Chloe: How have the coffee house sessions been going so far?

Joel : It’s been alright, some of them are good, some not so good. Different unis all have totally different vibes. This one was cool, it’s in nice big room and the sound guy was really cool. I prefer it when the sound guys are students, I feel like they go above and beyond. Today I had a veteran guy who thought he’d been around the block. Its been great meeting loads of people and getting into loads of unis.

Chloe: I heard Taylor Swift added one of your songs to her Spotify playlist! what occurred there?

Joel: You know, me and Taylor, we just go way back! I found out from a Swiftie who tweeted me saying ‘you know you’re on this playlist?’ It was so cool, its flippin’ Taylor Swift, you know what I mean? It was crazy even to think that she’s heard my songs, let along choose one for her playlist. It was really flattering.

Chloe: so have you had loads of people tweeting you now?

Joel: A lot of like, twelve-year-old girls!

Chloe: I really liked your song Rupi Kaur. What was the inspiration behind that?

Joel: It came after this girl called me a d***head. I was like ‘yeah, you’re right’. I was in a weird place in my head at the time, and I really wanted to write a song to let people know that I’m not perfect. I’ve got a lot of songs where it’s me getting broken hearted, but I really wanted to write a song that tells the other side of the story, that sometimes I can be a bit of a k***head! She was one of those cool girls who listened to vinyl and stuff, into her Etta James and first-edition Malcom X biographies. I was really fascinated by her. Anyway, I could talk about that song for a long time.

Lydia: If you could go on tour with anyone, who would it be?

Joel: I’d open up, and then there’d be Chance the Rapper after that, a John Mayer and Friends kind of section after him, and then Jimi Hendrix to close it.

Lydia: I’d go to that! What were some of the artists that got you into music?

Joel: Growing up, I listened to a lot of Bob Dylan, I loved his storytelling. He was the first guy that really made me think “I want to write songs”. I was really into my Jimi Hendrix and my blues music, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, so that influenced the type of music that I wanted to play. A lot of rappers really influenced me as well.

Lydia: you can definitely hear all those influences in your songs. So how would you describe your sound in three words?

Joel: Souly singer-songwriter

Chloe: what have you got planned for the rest of the year?

Joel: I’ve got a BBC introducing show next week, which I can’t wait for, and a few more shows in the rest of the year. I’m finishing off a project called the Dreamers EP, which is gonna come out in January. Its just better than the first one, I like more songs on it, better production, better everything so I’m really looking forward to that.

Chloe: If you were an animal, which animal would you be?

Joel: I’ve always felt very monkey-esque!  I feel like I’ve got an affinity to monkeys, I always had monkey teddies and I liked the monkeys best at the zoo. I just feel very monkey-ish so yeah, I’d say monkey!

download Joel Baker‘s first EP here

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