Music: Summer Nights by Josh Rivers

Josh Rivers 1Josh Rivers started his music career at an early age, born into a family of gospel singers. His mother, along with most of his family, have all recorded and produced albums within the gospel community. Throughout his school years, Josh competed all over the US in singing competitions. Now his newest work comes with a progressive, fresh alternative pop sound, bringing life and energy to his songs.
Why did you select this song as your current single?
I wrote Summer Nights because I have always loved the summertime and my best memories seem to be made during the summer nights. That’s when I experienced my first love and my first heartbreak. It’s when I felt closest to family and friends and when bonds became the strongest. So I chose Summer Nights as the single because I know there are other people who feel the same way.
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?
I think life is meant to be experienced as a whole with both the lows and highs and I wanted an album that walked through the different aspects of life. Summer Nights is the carefree, nostalgic side of the album for those times when you are just looking to have a good time.
What was the writing process for the song?
It was the first song I wrote for the album. I had just gotten signed by Allied Artist and I was still on a major high from that. I called up my buddy Chris Timmons, who helped write the album, and told him that we needed to meet up. He was working for a summer school at the time so we grabbed a room there. Both of us had our guitars and Chris just starts playing so I grab a pen and paper and wrote out Summer Nights. It was everything I felt I was experiencing at the time.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
The song is about having a good time with friends and being a little adventurous. Something I am pretty familiar with. I love the outdoors. Driving down to the coast or to a lake and camping out on the beach is amazing. The lyrics to this song are about falling in love with summer nights because they were some of the best nights of my life.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
We perform this song at every show because it is definitely a fan favorite. It’s also one of my favorites. It’s one the crowd gets into and we do our best to make it one of our best performances.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
I should hope not! That would make me a little one sided as an artist. I think a person can get a taste with this song but this it’s just one piece of the whole album. Not everything on the album is sunshine and meadows. Some of these songs hit some pretty dark notes. Like I mentioned earlier, life is full of both highs and lows and is meant to be that way.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
There is a music video for Summer Nights and the idea behind it was just to get a whole bunch of friends together for one kick-ass show. I worked with Edward St. Joseph and St. Juju Productions who wrote and directed the video and I think it turned out great!
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
The motivation for me is my life. It’s the one outlet that I can try and put books and pages worth of ideas and concepts into a few short words. Most of what I write about is based around my own personal experiences or around my own ideas and points of view. It helps me to get those thoughts and perspectives out there and I want it to help as many other people as possible.

Social Media:
instagram: joshriversband
 Upcoming shows:
May 8th, 7PM at Mocha

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