Before we were friends, I did an interview with Josh from Things Not Worth Fixing. Now we’re pals.
First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Josh Allen and I don’t have a specific genre for it. I think if I was gonna choose it would probably be bedroom music, literally. Literally. Bedroom music, lofi, emo, and indie. Probably.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Just because I’ve used it… Oh god. Since I’ve associated different colors with merch and designs and all that, I’d probably have to say like a really dull black, baby blue, and baby pink.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Probably inspiration because if you go through all of my songs you can see a lot of them are associated with each other. Like, for example, the songs “I Cried in the Back of the Bus”, “Lara”, and a new song called “April 6th, 2016” are all about the same person. A lot of the songs are about love or breakups or death. So probably inspiration, looking for lyrics and making something new that sounds fresh, I guess.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
I was overthinking this one last night actually. Like, there’s a lot of certain venues and certain artists I’d like to play with. I’m gonna choose one venue and one artist if that’s okay. For venue, I’d probably have to choose Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA because they have a lot of great shows down there. And for artist, I’d probably put… It would be fun to play a show with The 1975 probably.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
I was thinking about this earlier and I had a great answer! I should have written it down. Probably the fact that people actually care about it, I guess. Or the fact that some people can relate to what I write about personal stuff. The people that say things not worth fixing is gonna be big, that makes me really happy. It’s like, “Wow. I’m actually doing pretty good”. I guess.
What inspired you to start making music?
My dad’s side of the family is mostly musically inclined, I guess. I wouldn’t say I started because of that, but it definitely had influence on it because my dad still plays in bands now. But he plays like southern rock and god, look at mine. I’d say it’s mostly the musically inclined side of the family and inspiration from people. Not just friends, but people in general that I know.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
I was thinking about this in the shower last night and came up with the perfect answer. I really would love it if Soko could perform her entire “I Thought I Was An Alien” album right in front of me. Just for me. That would make me happy. God.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Mostly the people I know in real life that live in my town and hang out with me a lot. I write a lot about them sometimes. Also the people I follow on Instagram just because I really got my start from instagram because I have a lot of followers and shit. The ones that stuck around. A lot of people don’t like it or like, write mean things about it. But the people who tell me how great I am are what inspire me the most.
What’s your favorite book?
I was hoping you’d just forget this question. I like a lot of poetry books, I only have like 3. I’m not gonna say anything like that- I’m just gonna say a regular book. I used to read a lot, I don’t now- I probably have to say, just because I love it, and I sound really edgy saying it. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
It’s so good!
I know! God. I watched the movie before I read the book.
I did too! I watched the movie first and I was like, “I need to read this book” and so I read it and was like. Woah.
I went into Barnes and Noble and was like, “Let’s do this. Let’s get fucked in the mind.”
It does, though. The movie messed me up more than the book.
The movie and the book probably messed me up an equal amount.
I think because they took out some of the scenes from the book in the movie, I can picture some more emotional things that were in the book happening in the movie and it’s like, “Shit”. You know what I mean?
Definitely. Who is your favorite musical artist?
I was trying to decide one today. Is it okay if I just name ten?
Okay. Not in order, I’d probably have to say Tigers Jaw, The Wonder Years, Soko, The Eagles, Julien Baker, Frankie Cosmos, Flatsound, Turnover, fuck. Brand New-
And… This is difficult choosing ten. And probably Twenty One Pilots, as cliche as that sounds.
What do you like to do other than music?
I like to hang out with my pals, eat cookout, play Mario All Stars, and pet dogs.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
People who are younger than me because I’m just a little kid…
Me too. (Josh and I are the same age. I’m seventeen days older. Ha.)
I’d have to say write every day. Write every day even if it’s bad, and it’s gonna be bad. Just because you don’t have a following, don’t give up. If six people listen to your songs, that’s great! You could get more.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
I planned this shit out. Okay, back before my grandpa died, our favorite nascar car was Dale Earnhardt. So my lucky is number is 3 for that specific reason. Raise hell, praise Dale. I have a flag somewhere, I haven’t hung it up yet.
Do you have any last words for the readers?
Tell my ex to give me back my Being As An Ocean shirt.
You can follow Things Not Worth Fixing on Instagram at @thingsnotworthfixingnc, and be sure to check him out on iTunes and Spotify.
My own project, Scattered Showers, can be found on iTunes and Spotify as well. Here’s one of the most popular songs, “Parking Lot”.