Joesef is a young soul with an old soul who’s mastered new soul.
Since shining through on the BBC’s Sound of 2020 poll only nine months after his first ever gig which sold out before the release of his first EP, the Glasgewgian singer-songwriter became a local word-of-mouth sensation. Four years after his breakthrough, he released his first album ‘Permanent Damage’ in which his vocals shine over a lush and timeless production that delves into the highs and lows of love, attachment, and heartbreak.
Hailed as “one of the most distinctive vocalists in contemporary British pop” by NME, his album features hits like the glimmering “It’s Been A Little Heavy Lately”, to the cinematic glory of “Just Come Home With Me Tonight”, and the addictive “Joe”. Joesef was able to perform his latest singles to his fans when he embarked upon his UK & IE tour in March 2023, and a European leg the following month. “The Permanent Damage Tour” encompassed a variety of iconic, sold-out venues including London Roundhouse and two sold out shows at the acclaimed Barrlowland venue in his hometown of Glasgow.
“That was just fucking mad!” he marvels of his rapturous homecoming. “The whole gig I was like, what the hell is going on? It was just so loud. It was a Glasgow crowd, so I expected that, but it was mental – I couldn’t even hear myself, especially during Comedown – a quiet song that people sing the loudest – and The Sun Is Up Forever. And I got to take my mum backstage, so that was special. Playing shows and live music are the most important thing to me. Other things in life come and go, but you can always remember an amazing show – and that was the most amazing yet.”
Last year Joesef joined popstar Rina Sawayama on her “Hold the Girl” tour, as well as supporting fellow Scotsman Paolo Nutini at the Hydro. Joesef will then head off to his sold out North American tour in 2023 before his festival-packed summer commences, in which he’ll play the iconic TRNSMT festival as well as Reading and Leeds and Parklife to name a select few.