Behind the Song
Monsters Who Sleep
Monsters Who Sleep is the flagship dream Joshua Richard held since childhood. Summed up by his early influence, Never Shout Never: "...to make an honest living with an old guitar, and a couple of old fashion songs." With three full-length albums, Joshua has proven to himself and his listeners that he is a madman. Debut X, sophomore, Beyond the Inevitable Murmur and awaited To Whomever It Becomes... formed a perfect triptych in less than a year.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
Honest, heartfelt, & diverse.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
My favorite part about being an artist is that I get to choose what to do. There is no one telling me when I have to work. I make my own schedule, and I am responsible for my actions. That is scary sometimes but it's worth the reward.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
I make the recordings as similar to how I would do it in a live setting as possible. Meaning I have to hit the notes perfect the first time. I don't (usually) edit it all together so it sounds unreproducible. There are exceptions to this of course. But in general I do it in as few takes as possible.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy memes, scrolling through Instagram and laughing at the stupidest memes I can find. I also love going for car rides to nowhere, just to talk and listen to music.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
Post Malone & Fronz from Attila. I love those guys because they live their lives how they want. And don't let others determine who they are. That sense of integrity and honesty makes them awesome people in my eyes.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
'I Don't Care' (on To Whomever It Becomes...) was made about my ex-girlfriend who overdosed on painkillers, and passed away. It's not what it seems if you've never listened to it. It's actually about how I wish I could have saved her from taking that pill, even if she didn't love me anymore. She passed away in 2012 and I miss her to this day.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Yes, for sure. Right now I'm working on a more "fun" album than any of my previous ones. It's inspired by the band Attila (still in my style though). I'm going to get studio time as opposed to home recording it myself. I did the home studio approach with all my albums so far, so the next one will be a step up.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Stream on Spotify