"Diversity." It's a buzz word heard everywhere these days that, for the most part, conveys something positive. Diversity in one's financial investments, or a company's employees is always a good thing. The same can be said for musicians.
Josh Thompson has been steeped in musical diversity since birth. He started singing, with his parents' gospel group, when he was only three years old. At the age of 13 he began taking guitar lessons from a family friend. And, under the influence of his brother-in-law he developed a lifelong love for the drums.
Over the past 10 years Thompson has played in a vast assortment of bands, from the hard rock San Diego quintet Of New York, to the soothing sounds of Salt Lake City folk artist Pablo Blaqk. Within these, and many other projects, he has worn many hats: playing drums and piano for Secret Sobriety, singing backup vocals while playing drums, as well as contributing to the songwriting process of The Last Look, and doing all of the above for singer/songwriter Paulie Godbout's live shows.
Thompson has even begun to apply the lessons learned from years spent as a team player to his own endeavors as a solo artist. Although he has written a number of songs over the years, his first single 'Forgive My Eyes' was written, sung, and co-produced by Thompson himself, with him playing all but lead guitar on the track.
Always one to think outside the box, and to push those he works with to do the same, Thompson has recently launched his own youtube channel, featuring his drum interpretation of Gotyee's hit single 'Somebody that I used to Know', and remaking the rhythm section and backing vocals of Kimbra's 'Settle Down'.
G-EAZY (RCA)RYAN ADAMS (PAX AM/CAPITOL)
THE CHAINSMOKERS (COLUMBIA)
ALL AMERICAN REJECTS
JENNY LEWIS (WARNER BROS)
INGRID MICHAELSON (MOM + POP)
LIZ PHAIR (CAPITOL / MATADOR)