Hot off the stage and surging with excitement, I caught up with Joel Compass at last Saturday’s NCS Yes Live gig in London. I get the low down on what’s he’s doing, his involvement with NCS and an exclusive on who’s he’s working with next.
MV: Thanks for taking the time out to do this interview, your performance was so full of energy, how do you get that?
JC: “It’s madness you know, before I get on stage I don’t think about it, I’m just cool and chilled then when on stage – oh man I can’t explain it, I’m just buzzing and on a high with the crowd.”
MV: So tell the Musicvein readers about who inspired you to become an artist and how you think their inspiration has influenced your music?
JC: “I grew up listening to what my mum listened to which was Pink Floyd – I love ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ it’s so atmospheric, then there’s Maxwell, Jamiroquai, Lemon Jelly, Moby people like that. I don’t think I’ve listened to that much music in my life though as when I was growing up we didn’t have the internet so I couldn’t get Youtube etc, whatever I had on my computer or my mum was playing was it, but yeah those artists definitely inspired me so now I’d say my music is Atmospheric meets RnB Electronic!”
MV: What was it about the NCS project that made you want to get involved?
JC: “I tell you what I wish there had been something like this around when I was younger – I’m not old but I would have loved this opportunity at 16 to get involved in doing stuff for the community and having this life changing experience. I didn’t even get to go to a concert until last year! NCS are setting up real long-standing projects, it’s great. I can’t believe there are like 4000 people at this gig who have done something so great with their lives.”
MV: How would you encourage teens who have low self-esteem issues to feel better about themselves?
JC: “I’d say don’t worry about being different cause what makes you different to one makes you unique to others.”
MV: So going back to your music, which hat do you prefer, Producing or Singing?
JC: “If you had asked me that question a year ago, I would have said production, that’s what I’ve done for the past 5 years. I just posted one song and got signed on it, I was like – ‘What’s going on? Do I really want to do this?’ but after my first gig I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I still produce, I produced my whole album and there’s a couple of tracks I’ve done for other people.”
MV: Anyone you can mention? just one exclusive?
JC: “Just one exclusive? Ok, I’ve been working with Maxine Ashley and you’ll hear that soon, she’s really amazing! I’ve also just gotten off the phone with Rita Ora, so hopefully going to work with her. There’s other stuff but I don’t want to go into it right now as it might never come to fruition.”
MV: Awesome news about Rita Ora, that’s going to be a great hook-up! So what’s in store for 2014?
JC: “Well…I’m just moving forward, I can’t go back now! This has to happen for me. I want to make the best possible album, so I’m putting everything I have into it. The album comes out in September with the first single ‘Forgive me’ coming out next month. Other things in store…I’m doing loads of shows and festivals, it’s gonna be wicked!”
So there you have it – you heard it here first Joel Compass has been in talks with Rita Ora – I for one can’t wait to hear what they produce.
Stay tuned to Musicvein – tomorrow is my interview with Kimberly Anne