Josie Man is the alt-pop princess who’s here to help you feel the love, and she’s back with her new single, “One of Those Days.”
Following the release of her self-love anthem “Grow” in late 2020 and her most sentimental offering yet, “Little Space For Me,” in April, Josie Man has built a steadfast reputation for her optimistic and loving sound. For her, the ability to evoke emotion and encourage others to embrace self-love is intrinsic to her musical motivation and on her new single, “One of Those Days,” that’s clearer than ever.
We’ve all had one of those days; everything is going wrong, and you can’t seem to find the strength to muster a smile. In those moments, it’s hard to carry on, but Josie Man wants you to know that those feelings never last forever, and things are going to get better.
The new track is laced with Man’s signature soothing sound and her syrupy vocal tone. So, if you’re having one of those days and need to know you’re not alone, take a listen.
Ahead of the single’s release, EUPHORIA. sat down with Josie Man to speak about how she combats those cheerless days, what she’s got planned for 2021, and more.
You’ve just released your new track, “One of Those Days,” and I love the message behind the song. What made you want to write that track; were you having one of those days?
I wanted to show that everyone has those days, and it’s OK to not be living your best life every day, especially with social media, which only showcases the best moments. This track was written in 2019 with Oscar Scheller, who is so amazing. He’s a Pisces like me, so I feel like we are similar. But I just wrote the song to show that everyone has one of those days and that feeling won’t stay forever!
When you have one of those days, what are your favorite things to do to try and make yourself feel a little bit better?
My favorite things to do are going for walks with my friends, boyfriend, family, or dog and stop off at a little cafe. It’s the simple things like that that make me happy. I also love to dance it off and fling my arms around — it feels so freeing!
You have such a clear “Josie Man” sound, and your voice as an artist is particularly clear on your most recent singles. Did it take time to discover who you are as a musician and the sound you wanted to create, or have you always known the direction you want to take?
I’ve always sung the way I sing, and I never wanted to rush anything because that doesn’t work for me. But I have definitely grown since my first EP, and I’ll keep doing that. I think that’s the beauty of it. I can’t wait to look back when I’m old and look at my progress and self-growth both personally and as an artist.
On these recent singles, your openness and honesty as an artist shine through, which is amazing, but is it ever scary or difficult to be so candid publicly?
It can definitely be difficult, but it’s me, and it’s all I’ll ever be. So, I remind myself of that; I am enough. Not everyone will like me or my music, and I’m learning that that’s OK and it doesn’t make me less of a person.
Your single “Little Space For Me” came out a few weeks ago. You’ve said that the song is about your parents and your childhood. It’s obvious that you have such love for your family! How do you think those relationships and the way you were brought up have helped shape you as an artist?
I just love my family a lot, they are my safe space, and I feel extremely lucky to have them! I get inspired by love, so I think that shaped me as an artist.
As an artist, music is clearly really important to you. How often do you find time to write or work on your music?
I love music so much, but I never try to force something if it’s not working. I write when I feel the urge to say something and get it off my chest, or sometimes I’m just in the mood to sing. But, there are times when I’m like, “Nah, not today!”
Finally, I can imagine that after the year we’ve all had, it must feel like a lot of pressure to have so many exciting and outrageous plans for 2021. But, no matter how big or small, what do you have planned for the rest of the year?
I hope to do live shows and see all the beautiful people who support me in the flesh! There are also lots of visuals that I am really excited for you all to see. I’ve found my feet and the people I like working with, and it all feels right and exciting right now.