With such a diverse taste in music, what got you so interested in so many style?
Joy Daniels: I always was a music lover from the very beginning. Growing up in the church only strengthened my desire to be apart of something powerful. The church was my introduction into music. I grew up in a predominately white area, where the kids listened to Blink 182, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional, John Mayer, ect. Of corse growing up in a black home, Motown & most soul music was being played. I also was a fan of Bob Marley & dancehall reggae very early on as well. When I finally sat down to write my own music it was a mix of all that.
You are described as presenting lyrics about real life, but what are the moments that have shaped you?
Joy Daniels: I would say any moment I’ve had that dealt with love & relationship shaped my my writing & my presentation. I think love & relationship are the main focus in a lot of our lives so I feel it’s important to present these issues & ideas differently than other artists. There are so many love songs that sound the same. I don’t want my presentation to be what a typical woman might sound like. I am also fully aware of myself in that at first glance, I’m a black woman. There are political issues that surround my life every day, so I write about that too. It’s all about the people & at the end of the day we all wanna be loved & have a safe place to live. There are so many issues surrounding those 2 basic needs.
Your music is termed as “electric soul”, but when you first started developing your personal sound is that what were aiming for or envisioned?
Joy Daniels: I think so. I always knew that my sound would merge a lot of different worlds, in a way people could feel. My aim was universal sound. I don’t think I’ve quite reached that yet in my recorded music. My live show is a different story. I know I can rock a universal crowd. From hip hop heads to white teenagers I can get a response. The sonic quality of my recorded music hasn’t reached there yet.
With a blend of raggae, rock, soul funk and many other genres, who are the artist that have had an impact on you?
Joy Daniels: Lauryn Hill, John Mayer, Incubus, D’angelo, Bob Marley, OutKast, Prince. Crazy eclectic group of folks, but they’ve kept me going over the years.
On the note of artist you admire, what were you able to learn from these individuals to help shape you as the artist you are today?
Joy Daniels: If I had to be specific, I’d say I want to be as politically aware & relevant as Bob Marley was & is. I want to to a role model for young black girls like Lauryn HIll was. I wanna be as dope & unique as John Mayer as far as a songwriting goes. I want to be as influential & elclectic as Outkast. I wanna be electrifying like Incubus and as timeless as Prince.
You are described as an artist that pushes industry standards and musical taste to the limit and how are you able to achieve this?
Joy Daniels: I really don’t know. I think it’s my influences & my upbringing. The way I sound is not contrived. It represenst all of my influences without apology & with no gimmick. Thats hard to find. Basically, I’m not forcing it.
In ESM, you are said “to have entered a world of truth and discovery” and what exactly is that you were able to discover?
Joy Daniels: I was able to discover my worth as an artist. It was the first time i’ve been completely naked as far as content goes. I realized I have something to say that people wanna hear. They can relate to my struggle. I’m not alone.
What are some of the things you would like to achieve through a career in music both from a musical and personal stand point?
Joy Daniels: Really I wanna do what I do on the highest level possible. Be an example. Start other companies. Help other people be successful. Personally I’m most happy when I’m doing music. I’m also most happy when those around me are happy. So you see this journey isn’t just for me. I understand my success will trickle down to a whole bunch of other folks.
I want it all. I wanna make timeless music & be a good role model for musicians, young people, women ect. I wanna be a great producer, a great business woman, a great mom, a great friend, a great spokesperson…and a whole bunch of other shit too. I want it all.