No Simple Road Podcast - Osiris Media

EP. 319

We are so excited to have Ari Joshua as our guest on No Simple Road This week! For years, shamanistic guitarist and composer Ari Joshua has been one of those “musician’s musicians” who those “in the know” rave about but remains under the radar to the public. Struggles with substance abuse; a severe car accident; Ari’s commitment to music education with the successful school he founded, The Music Factory; and the daunting task of mixing have kept him in something of a creative holding pattern.

Ari is finally opening his vault and sharing a catalog of recordings that feature his masterful musicianship alongside such revered instrumentalists as four-time Grammy-winning artist Robert Glasper, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Delvon Lamarr, Skerik, and members of the Trey Anastasio Band.  These tracks will be issued in various configurations, and they document a spiritual journey of a prodigious talent all-consumed by his passion for music.  

We talk with Ari about:

  • Growing up on the east coast and receiving a scholarship to music school.
  • His struggles and triumphs in running his own music school, The Music Factory.
  • Having Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam as a mentor.
  • Buying the building for The Music Factory with the help of local investors.
  • His early connection to frequency and sound.
  • Overcoming his fear of sharing his art.
  • What it means to find our own personal 'Black Hole' and what we do with it when we find it.
  • Having the guts to just 'go for it' when you feel something move you.
  • How the Grunge Era and the Seattle music scene shaped his life and sound.
  • Finding focus when you have a ton of things on your plate.
  • Ways to serve your own creative abilities.

... and so much more!

SONG AT THE START FO THE INTERVIEW: 'Lest's Do It Right Now' (feat. John Medeski, Billy Martin, and Jason Fraticelli)

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