Q&A with Melting Pot’s Josh Riley (Anomura)
After learning about yet another of our crew members musical exploits external to Melting Pot’s operation, I took some time to sit down and chat with our very own sound man extraordinaire – Josh Riley (artist name: Anomura) to nut out the details of his electronic music project that has been going for some time.
We touched on his recent success in licensing one of his tracks to a global web-based Rip Curl promotion, and what this may mean for his music going forward.
JF: Tell us about your musical background: how long have you been writing? What is your general approach to creating your music?
A: I’ve been writing and producing for about 3 years now. I lean heavily on production techniques to inspire the writing process. I’ve found for most of my tracks, a new technique is what inspires the whole idea.
JF: Was the song chosen by Rip Curl already written, or did they approach you to write something specifically for this purpose?
A: Already written. It was just a simple song that I started one night and finished the following day.
JF: What is in store for you now, both with this content being used and also with your music going forward?
A: I’m putting together an EP which I’m hoping will be finished by the end of this year. I’m also piecing together a live show to follow the EP release, but that’s still heavily in the works.
JF: What are the advantages (and potential disadvantages, if any) of having your music used in such a wide campaign?
A: I haven’t really considered any disadvantages. It’s free promotion on a platform much larger than myself. With this project just starting out, I did and do see only positive.
JF: What have you learned from having your music picked up by an internationally renowned brand?
A: Seize any and every opportunity. What do you have to lose? Especially when you’re starting out, it’s fun and exciting to have these collaborative projects come together and I feel everyone comes out on top.
At Melting Pot, we pride ourselves in the fact that we all come from creative backgrounds, and lend our understanding and advocacy towards artists to the forefront of everything we do. From events, to content sharing and even in the design of our new website – we see ourselves in a unique position of catering both for artists and for fans, largely informed by our own experiences in both realms.
You can check out the Rip Curl promotion featuring Anomura’s track, ‘So’ below, and find more of Anomura’s music at his soundcloud page.
The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.
Author DetailsJosh Forner
Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.
Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.
He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.
Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.