Joseph Hicklin is an amazing musician. His songs are wonderful when you listen to them via your laptop speakers but when you hear him perform live then it feels as if the world would stop moving, everything turns silent and you are completely enchanted and taken away by his incredibly beautiful voice which stands out at gigs even more. I am more than impressed by him and it is great to be able to call him a friend and it was nice to interview him for AMBY. Joseph speaks about his songs, first concert moments, an amazing dinner he would have, and he never forgets to put some fun in his life.
AMBY: What have you been up to lately?
Joseph Hicklin: I’ve just been working a lot and trying to play as many gigs as I can, I’ve had some radio time and everything is going pretty good at the moment, I hope this continues.
AMBY: How would you describe your music to those unfamiliar with your songs?
Joseph Hicklin: Simple music, my main focus has always been on lyrical content. The idea of poetry in motion has always been my favourite element of music; the truth and emotion of an individual’s life put into words and song, so this is what I try to convey.
AMBY: How did you come into contact with music?
Joseph Hicklin: I was 6 years old and my mother was cutting my toenails in the living room. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen came on Top of the pops and that is where my romance with music began. I got a cheap green acoustic guitar 7 years after and started trying to write my own music.
AMBY: What was the first concert you ever went to?
Joseph Hicklin: I was 12 and me, my dad and my best friend went to see the Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Hyde Park in London. We were very small and took turns being held up. James Brown played too, it was great to see him before he died. The whole day was a new and fantastic experience.
AMBY: Who or what inspires you?
Joseph Hicklin: I think you have to try and find inspiration in everything, even when you are very sad, the silver lining can be that it gives you the opportunity to create; some of the greatest songs ever have been born out of people’s sadness. I think observation is the key to inspiration, I just go about my days and try pick up the pieces of whatever I write.
AMBY: What are your plans for the future?
Joseph Hicklin: Just keep working and keep trying, hopefully I will gain some recognition one day and be able to pay the bills with music. But if not, then I’ve tried and will have some things to show my children.
AMBY: If you could invite any three people (dead or alive) to dinner, who would be on your list and why?
Joseph Hicklin: Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac. I have took influence from all three and they took influence so we could all be star struck with each other over a steak and just talk.
AMBY: You are allowed to say one sentence, which will reach the whole world. What would you say?
Joseph Hicklin: I should try and be deep here so I will say: Life is – Go be. haha
AMBY: What’s something nobody knows about you yet?
Joseph Hicklin: If I tell you, I would have to kill you. :)
Thank you Joseph Hicklin, for giving us your answers!