Josh Wei: Buro 24/7 Singapore Playlist #164

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Text: Josh Wei

Josh Wei - writer and producer of Gentle Bone’s latest release - shares the music that has guided his move to Los Angeles

People have always told me that my taste in music is incredibly cheesy, but then I'll see them listening to the same songs. These are records that have made an impact on me in a big way and has shaped the direction that my life has moved in. 

I was going through a period of transition having just moved to Los Angeles when Bazzi's 'Mine' was released. I was feeling the pressure of constantly being surrounded by the world's best and brightest writers/producers, I had no friends or community and started to lose the idea of what I liked as opposed to what I thought I should like. When I heard the Chorus of 'Mine', it all came back to me. For me, this was one of the best choruses written so far this year. I literally freaked out when it hit the chorus. I also found it interesting how the record was only two minutes and 30 seconds long, it's almost as if Bazzi knew his track was so solid that a bridge would be redundant. 

'Violent Crimes' by Kanye West: "'N*ggas is savage, n*ggas is monsters, n*ggas is pimps, n*ggas is players. 'til n*ggas have daughters, now they precautious. Father forgive me, I'm scared of the karma 'cause now I see women as somethin' to nurture, not somethin' to conquer."

From a production point of view, Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own' is so simplistic and minimalistic. That being said, this record served as an important study for me as every single element that was introduced at different points of the track seemed to serve a very intentional purpose to touch the listener in a different way. Other than that, such an emotive and powerful vocal performance paired with the simplest and most heart breaking chorus lyrics. 

'No Limit 'by G-Eazy featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B shows the power that a hard-ass beat still stands, you cannot not move to this. Avril Lavigne's 'Complicated' was a huge part of the teenage years of many kids my age. To me, Lavigne was their Princess of Pop. She came into the industry as an 18-year-old and broke every single rule that could be broken. The way she sang, the way she dressed and the way she chose to express herself was a huge inspiration to me. The transition from the minor Introduction into the major verse and the melody she enters with is just so beautiful, iconic and timeless. 

I listened to Katy Perry's 'The One That Got Away' 20 to 30 times a day after my O'Levels. After three months of that, I enrolled in Singapore Polytechnic's Diploma in Music and Audio Technology and made the decision to do music for the rest of my life. When I got my first music production software, I spent a day recreating every instrument of the record that I had unknowingly been breaking down in my head over the months. This record holds a really special place in my life. The simplicity of the instrumental, the strength of the melody and the story that is told is something that so many can relate to.

Josh Wei is a 22-year-old writer and producer, currently based in Los Angeles, signed with Universal Music Publishing Group. He recently wrote and produced 'I Wouldn't Know Any Better Than You' by Gentle Bones.