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RISING STAR: David Joseph

The year was 2004. That was when rising star, David Joseph’s music career took off. It was the same year that he was named “Connecticut’s Next Rising Star” by pop station KC101’s Radio Star competition in his native state.

After being entered in the national contest, David was aired on radio stations across the country, including New York’s popular Z100. Because of this rare opportunity, David’s brand was exposed to the world. Barely of legal age, the singer and songwriter was poised to make some big moves.

By early 2009, David debuted his first solo album, “Wherever I Go“, which was recorded and produced at The Steele Factory in Brooklyn, New York. When he wasn’t working in the studio, David toured across New England and the Tri-State areas, playing both acoustically and with his band.

David continued to experience success and it was later that year that he was chosen to appear on MTV’s reality series, ” P. Diddy’s Starmaker“. Through hard work and dedication, David ended up in the Top 14 on the show.

David’s artistry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. While creating his current EP, “Broken Record“, David traveled from New York to Los Angeles, where he collaborated with various industry professionals, including songwriters Daniel Bedingfield and Ben Romans.

David Joseph is most definitely an artist to keep an eye on, as he embarks upon what is sure to be a long and fruitful musical career. The Heat recently caught up with David and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who is David Joseph, as an artist?

DAVID JOSEPH: I think what sets me apart from other artists is that I have learned so much from my experiences in this industry. I have seen and done it all, which makes me understand who I am as an artist and how I want to be perceived. I have been through the ups and downs, but in the end you can only be who you are and keep making music. I found music to be an amazing release for me toward my latter part of high school. Growing up, I was a very competitive athlete. But as I got into music later on, it was such an amazing escape for me from everything I was used to. Music was always in my blood, with my mother being a singer and my father a guitar player. I just never had tapped into it. But when I did, it was just something I fell in love with and couldn’t get enough of. The hardest part about being an artist is defining yourself, and translating it in a way that people can relate to. As an artist you have so many ideas and dreams, sometimes it can be hard to channel all of that into a collective presentation. But I feel like with this project the Broken Record EP I achieved that. It is really a true definition of me as an artist. It is a culmination of everything I have done and learned on my artistic journey. I think this project is a portrayal of me as not only an artist, but as a person as well – determination, believing in yourself, going after your dreams and fighting for them.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Growing up, who influenced you musically?

DAVID JOSEPH: Artists who are also great songwriters – Ryan Tedder, Bruno Mars, Rob Thomas, and Adam Levine. Whenever I hear something new they put out, it just drives me to be better – to write better songs. It’s like, “Damn, I wish I wrote that”, and that what I want other people to say about my songs.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about your experience on MTV.

DAVID JOSEPH: It was a really cool experience, and I look back now and I am happy to have been a part of it. I met some really great people and built some great relationships. It was a disappointing ending for me, but I wouldn’t take it back. It is something I can always say I was a part of. Being on TV and working with Diddy and Mark Burnett was great, and I look back now and I am happy to have been a part of it. I don’t regret any of it. It only made me want more, want to show people that I could be a great artist and that I have what it takes. It made me want to go out and find who I am as an artist, and not accept anything less. My standards are very high and I am very hard on myself, so whenever I do something, it has to be top notch. The Broken Record EP is a testament to that. Everything has led me in the direction to where I am now. It is a journey and being on Starmaker was a part of it.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What projects are you currently working on?

DAVID JOSEPH: I am working on a new video for my single “Undercover Love” featuring Jive recording artist, Wish. I’m also working on getting into the studio again to record a few more songs and collab with some really great people (The Inkredibles). I think you’ll see a side of David J you haven’t seen before.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where do you see your career in 3-5 years?

DAVID JOSEPH: Making hits, writing, collaborating, creating great music, and continuing to surprise people!

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Heat Magazine wishes David Joseph the best of luck in all of his endeavors. We know you all will be seeing a whole lot more of him in the near future!

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chiefhttp://www.mikodreamz.com
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.
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