In Interview: Joel Compass


20 year old South London based singer/producer/songwriter Joel Compass makes soulful indie R & B and is steadily becoming one of the most exciting emerging artists from 2013. Ahead of the release of his first single ‘Run’ (out 18th November on Outsiders/Polydor), we checked in with Joel for a brief chat.

LM: How did you get into music?  

JC? “I got into music as a kid, by picking up a keyboard my mum brought me at the car boot.  At school, I started to beat box and by the age of 12 years old I started producing.”

LM: How would your describe your sound?

JC? “My sound has been described as being quite deep. But for my new material, I want to move away from that and talk about the good times. Covering a wide range of sound so my material is half and half. Making me more general as a producer.”

LM: So how did you get involved with Black Butter Records (home to Rudimental, Gorgon City and Kidnap Kid) ?

JC? “I was scouted and from there the scout put me in touch with Black Butter records. Which is pretty amazing because it has given me the opportunity to work with a lot of artists I like.”

LM: The Guardian new band of the day have called you a ‘UK Weekend’ and you’ve also had comparisons to artists like Frank Ocean, Miguel and Maxwell– who are your influences?

JC? “I take my inspiration from everywhere, I think that it is really important as an artist to listen to a wide range of music. One of my favourite types of music to listen to is heavy heavy metal, they’re such talented as musicians. I’d say I take my inspiration from Pink Floyd meeting Maxwell… Right now I really love Spanish music.”

LM: Your first single ‘Run’ has just been play listed on Radio 1, how does it feel to hear your song on the radio nearly every day?

JC? “It’s a crazy, amazing feeling. Makes you realize that things are working out. It makes me remember the past, and how for years things hadn’t really worked out. Could have easily been down about this. But didn’t and the hard work has paid off and lead to something good. Hoping things will stay like this and make more good music.”

LM: You recently supported Rudimental on tour, how was that?

JC? “Really interesting, I’ve never had to perform before the tour. Performing is a new dimension for music and was something I had to learn. Those guys do it so well. I think everyone has their own way of performing and mine is to just go with what feels natural at the time of playing.”

Joel Compass’ first single ‘Run’ is out on 18th November on Outsiders/Polydor

By Lauren Moore