Where are you located?
I am Joshua de Leon! My music project is called One Outta Ten. We are based in Glendale, California.
Who has been your greatest influence?
Early One Outta Ten music was definitely Arctic Monkeys-inspired, but lately I’ve been challenging myself to listen to more music. Some of my most listened-to music this year includes my favorite projects by Jeff Rosenstock, Car Seat Headrest, Japanese Breakfast, and a Filipino band called IV of Spades. My brother David is an amazing drummer and loves the prog rock band Rush as well. Recently though I’ve been listening to a lot of country music. The band called Midland is so good. Maybe we’ll do a country EP soon, my guitarist Tyler and I have been discussing it and it’s definitely a genre we want to explore.
What is your latest and greatest?
Quarantine happened and we bunkered down in the garage and wrote a bunch of music. Now, we’re playing a lot of new stuff I recorded over last summer for the gigs we’ve scheduled. Right now, I want to focus on releases, as opposed to stuff we recorded before. We’re planning some releases for 2022. Looking to put a single out in another month or so. We are going to split up our songs into two albums, a double LP called “With Love // With Rage”. I’m super excited to share it with everyone, it’s very personal and deals with a lot of frustration, anxiety, and growing pains of being in your 20’s.
What are you most looking forward to this year 2022?
The world is returning back to normal in some sort of capacity, but quarantine was a great reset to focus on what really matters. I got to know myself since I only had time in my garage to pump out music, and it gave me lots of self-reflection. I journaled a lot. Music is amazing and can really say exactly what I need to say when I can’t speak it aloud in normal conversation. But making music is only one of many parts in my life. I’m very excited to put more music out again and travel with my friends and family. Spend time with my brat of a dog, Harvey. I love that guy.
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
Learn how to mix earlier. Everyone is doing in-house production now and it’s tough to learn how to mix and master. Recording is just one aspect. I’d also tell Young Joshua to keep writing. If this means so much to you, write all the time and record everything you can. It will make something good eventually.
When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?
Usually wait for a virus to sweep the world and then spend 7-8 months writing music alone in my garage... BUT as for a real answer, I learn how to dial it back and spend more time with loved ones and journal. I pick apart which songs I want to work on and take time. I have my own area for recording in my garage which helps me get back into the swing of things. It’s nice to have a degree of separation from all other aspects of life and only focus on what I want to be done.
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