Josh from FUTURE FEATS on Same Mistakes
The singer-songerwriter from the Los Angeles-based alt pop band talks their latest single, current tour, and more.
Meet FUTURE FEATS, the alt pop band out of Los Angeles whose song ‘Cities in Wonder’ has had over 200,000 Spotify streams.
Their follow-up track, ‘Same Mistakes‘, just dropped. Needless to say, we have high expectations for its performance.
When describing how the new song came to be, FUTURE FEATS’ frontman Josh explains, “It’s a song about a lot of bad decisions and even worse behavior that landed me in a hospital bed en route to a comfy jail cell.”
Well that explains the cover art.
He continues, “It’s everything that I no longer strive to be, yet the memory of that night will forever yield a scar for me to remember it by.”
After touring with The Wombats, Josh and FUTURE FEATS are back on the road this month with Matt & Kim and Tokyo Police Club. Find out how to get tickets to their upcoming shows here.
FAM !!! Today we get to “officially” announce that we’re hitting the road again..supporting @mattandkim and @TokyoPoliceClub on a portion of their 2018 North American Tour !!!?! Everything starts on 4/17/18 !!! M&K..thank you so much for having us out !!! See y’all soon. xxFF pic.twitter.com/brhw4t1bkt
— FUTURΞ FΞΑTS (@FUTUREFEATS) March 31, 2018
We grabbed Josh for a quick Q&A between shows:
Can you tell me a little bit about the start of Future Feats and how it all began?
Sure thing! I [Josh] created FUTURE FEATS back in 2012. It was a project that I started working on immediately after I felt the dream of any budding solo career begin to fade. I just felt, at the time, that I needed a new way out. Meaning, I needed a different means of expressing myself as a songwriter. So I decided to continue on under a new moniker in order to keep moving forward. It really was that simple. Sometimes you just need to learn when to switch gears, and push yourself to write better songs.
Your song, ‘Cities in Wonder’, has received over 200,000 streams on Spotify. How does it feel to see those numbers and realize that so many people have heard your song?
It’s honestly somewhat surreal to see all those numbers. I just hope that ‘Cities In Wonder’ continues to find an audience as we release more music. And I hope it continues to provide a much-needed burst of positivity to anyone that might be hearing it for the very first time.
What has it been like to tour with well-known artists, such as the Wombats, and play your music for a live audience?
It’s been so great to be able to share stages with so many amazing bands this year. The Wombats, Nation Of Language, Public Access TV, The Soft White Sixties were all amazing acts to tour with. Now Matt And Kim and Tokyo Police Club? It’s such a dream come true. We just can’t wait to keep going. Connecting with a live audience is what we’re all looking to do, and to have a platform to do just that is something that we’re definitely not taking for granted.
What has been a major obstacle you have had to overcome as a band thus far?
I think one of the greatest hurdles to overcome was solidifying the band roster. I’ve had the honor of working with so many talented musicians over the years, but nothing has ever clicked quite like this current lineup. They’re great guys and killer players, and even if I could do all of this alone… I wouldn’t want to.
Are you interested in collaborating with other artists? If so, who and why?
I would love to collaborate with more artists, absolutely. I love sitting in rooms and writing those big hooks. I’d like to work with anyone with a like-minded, creative spirit. I usually like to take the lead in these situations. Because as a songwriter, I feel it’s my job to make sure I’m pushing and holding everyone to their highest creative capabilities. Because the best song always wins, and that will never change. We’ll see where all of this eventually leads one day. I do believe I can safely say that I’ll definitely be making music for the rest of my life. And that’s the most comforting feeling for me at the moment.
Are you in the process of recording an EP or more music? What can you tell us about it?
I’d like to think that I’m always in the process. However, to answer this question best, I’ll just say that I can’t wait to release more music for the remainder of this year. There’s a full-length LP on the way, but I’m not sure when it will be available. I could tell you more, but I really don’t want to. If you’d like to hear more music then please come see a show. 😉
What is a major goal you all want to achieve at some point in your career? Whether it is playing at a certain arena, winning an award, etc.
You went with goal, huh? You could’ve used the word feat, but you didn’t. No, that’s fine. I’ll do it. My future feats include: I want a top 10 record. I want to tour the world with music that fulfills me as a human being. I want a Grammy. Is being the first band to play on the moon a thing? Let’s go with that.
Who have been your musical inspirations along the way that have ultimately inspired you to pursue music?
Great songwriters. The Beatles. David Bowie. Stevie Wonder. I could go on, but the feeling I get when I hear a well-written piece of music never gets old. It’s all very formulaic and poetic, just like me I suppose. I just can’t wait to collect more life experiences and write songs to accompany them. Because life itself truly is the most flattering form of inspiration.
What is something you want the general public or your fans to know about you all?
I’m a relatively open read. And I love what I do. This all sounds non-specific enough, yeah?
If you had to listen to the same song nonstop for a week, individually, what would it be and why?
Collectively, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that ‘Life’s Been Good’ by Joe Walsh is the perfect FF track of the moment. In terms of its musicality, it’s incredibly diverse. And just like us, I feel it’s got a bunch of different things happening all at once. Yes.
What has been your favorite memory from either tour or making music thus far?
I would have to say that playing The Legendary Fillmore in SF was a huge musical milestone for all of us. Thanks again to The Wombats for having us.