Student Josh on course for success

Josh Dawber
Josh Dawber

A YOUNG Wigan musician is hoping for a double helping of success in two very different genres this year.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Josh Dawber hopes to capture the hearts of romantics after releasing his debut single, love song What It Takes, on iTunes.

Hawkley Hall musician Josh has also put a further four songs online showcasing his style influenced by songwriters such as Jason Mraz and bands including Bombay Bicycle Club.

However, he is also looking to develop a rather different musical project by releasing his first forays into electronic deep house music over the next few months.

Josh’s artistic talents are not restricted to music as he is studying photography at Manchester Metropolitan University and uses pictures by him or other lensmen and women from the region for the artwork on his releases.

Josh, 21, said: “I played in a couple of pop-rock bands at school and wrote music at college but I really started putting time into it at uni.

“What It Takes is a catchy, acoustic song and it’s got a nice feel to it. I’ve also got some multi-layered vocals on it so I’d like to get a four-piece band together to play live. They would all have to be able to sing because I like adding harmonies to the tracks.”

Josh is currently honing his craft as a live solo act at the Manchester casino where he works as an events assistant but says he is hoping to perform at more venues in the city and do some Wigan shows as well following a recent appearance at The Cherry Gardens.

He says his next acoustic single may well be slow love ballad I’ll Be There but he is also looking to find time to release several house music tracks he has created through New Sound City Recordings.

He said: “It’s something I’ve picked up at uni. The first person I met on my course was a DJ and after spending time with him I started listening to that sort of music more and more.

“It’s deep house but quite chilled. I use a keyboard which I plug in and use microphones to record my own samples.

“I’ve been asked a few times about bringing the two styles together but I’d have to figure out how to do it. It’s always worth a try but we will have to see.”

What It Takes by Josh Dawber is out now on iTunes. To find out more search for Josh Dawber Music on Facebook or visit