Q&A with Rising Star Cautious Clay

Photo credit: Shervin Lainez

Cautious Clay is playing a sold-out show on January 18th at The Crocodile. We had the chance to catch up with the man behind Cautious Clay, Joshua Karpeh, a flute-playing Brooklyn singer with a soulful voice and feel good beats.

2018 saw Cautious Clay rise to new heights with a feature on HBO’s Insecure Season 3 Soundtrack, a Tiny Desk on NPR, performances at TIDAL X BROOKLYN and The Soul Train Awards on BET, sold-out headline shows, collaborations with notable artists such as John Mayer.

Seattleite: When did you start doing music? 

Joshua: I picked up the flute when I was 7 and have been doing music my whole life.

S: How did you decide you wanted to pursue a career in music full-time? 

J: I just knew I was obsessed with music, and I had a lot I wanted to say/create so it felt like the right thing to do.

S: I am loving your new single REASONS. Can you tell me a little about what the song is about?

J: The song is about being open to trying different things in life even if you’re not certain it will give you some sort of immediate value. It’s important to try new things in life without expectations.

S: How does your songwriting process usually go? What are you inspired by? 

J: I usually start with production or lyrics or melody.  The process is always different every time and a lot of times I am inspired by a particular idea or rhythm in another song and then I funnel that idea through my own creative process.

S: What is the best part about a performance? Do you get nervous?

J: The best part of our performance is feeling out the energy in the room and crafting the sound with the band to enhance that energy; we make it different every night. I like to bring something new into the songs when we play them live.

S: What can we expect at your sold-out show next Friday in Seattle?

J: New and old songs, different arrangements.

S: What are some of your hobbies outside of music? 

J: I like to bike ride, rock climb, and go to the movies with friends.