Josh Rouse Biography
Josh Rouses 6th full-length release and 1st for his imprint label Bedroom Classics (through Nettwerk Records), Subtitulo reflects back on his migration to Spain.
After spending many years in central Tennessee, where Josh recorded his 2005 release Nashville, he bought a plane ticket and immersed himself in the lifestyle and customs of Spanish culture. This influence shines throughout the upbeat (and largely romantic) tenor within each song.
Josh describes his move to Spain as more of a freewheeling lifestyle change than an agonizing decision process. I was ready for a change and was thinking about going to New York. I was dating a girl that lived in Spain and she wanted to move to New York as well but instead, I packed a guitar and 2 big suitcases and rented an apartment on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. I've been here ever since.
The first single "Quiet Town" (a homage to the Spanish community, where Josh first laid roots upon arrival), feels like youre there curled up on the balcony of a whitewashed casita, while Summertime evokes memories of adolescent days past. Other songs, such as Jersey Clowns paint a picture of infidelity in the lower level mafia. His Majesty Rides reflects on the life of a touring musician. The Man Who, a duet with female vocalist Paz Suay, tells a story of isolation and the desire to administer therapy to those we come to love.
Subtitulo was recorded at Paco Loco Studios in Puerto de Santa Maria in Altea, Spain in August 2005. Josh says, Recording at Paco Loco was one of the best experiences I've ever had. We had a pool and the owners wife cooked two big meals every day. We all ate outside, so it was very laid back and enjoyable.
In Nashville, Josh always had the luxury of having a strong contingent of musician friends around to jump on a recording session. For Subtitulo, the commute was a bit too far to be impromptu, so the studio team was much smaller. This record is more of a nylon string guitar and voice album, explains Rouse. Marc Pisapia was with us in Spain to play drums and Brad Jones produced the album and played bass and piano.
The change of scenery and foreign influences of the south of Spain produced a rich atmosphere for writing. Says Rouse, I wrote the album the first week I arrived there. Altea is a very inspirational place. Its a very old, small town with no movie theater or concerts.
In the fall of 2005, Rouse founded Bedroom Classics (taking the name from an earlier EP). I started Bedroom Classics after my previous record contract ended. I had talked to quite a few labels but the reality was that there weren't many benefits for an artist like myself at a big corporation Rouse explains. With my own label, I can give my fans music through the internet or through traditional outlets more often - as it should be. My goals in doing this are to keep making records and to earn enough to keep going...which in my eyes is success.
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