Texas-native Josh Tatum lives in Los Angeles. For Josh, just as his home is a place that elicits a particular set of expectations (Friday Night Lights, cowboys, tex-mex), L.A. is no different. “It’s kind of become an adjective in my book,” he explained in a phone interview. “It’s fast-paced and eclectic, there are all different backgrounds and everyone is trying to get ahead.”
He first gave the city of Angels a shot when he was 18 — his parents “let [him] try it out.” He shared, “I hit a few walls and it turned out to be a bit of a disaster. It has been a journey.” But now he’s back in the proverbial saddle, pursuing the thing that started when he was just 7 years old and his grandfather gave him a guitar. After some success in the elementary school talent show (“a Hanson cover”), he started his first pop-punk band with some other students. Later, when the band he was in got bigger his “dad would drive…around all over Texas and Oklahoma and Louisiana” so they could play.
His songs run the gamut — though he started coming up with tunes early, they “took a long time to develop — between 17 and 19 they really started coming together. I write from my own perspective — there’s the ‘girlfriend’ songs, but mostly they’re about what’s going on in the world and the way I see it.” That includes his view of living an artistic life. “You have to control the drama, but don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it. Perseverance is huge. Remember that you’re in control of your own destiny — as long as you work for it.”
“Baby Come Home”
“Everything I Need”