John Thacker’s incredible new EP ‘John Joseph’ out now!

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John Thacker, singer songwriter from Manchester is back out doing his stuff again. He has recorded music with various artists over the years and also sings in another Manchester band China Moon. He is a valued member of and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and his music occasionally touches upon these issues.

His new EP John Joseph is a soulful RnB triumph. He truly is a multi-talented musician who constantly works on his sound and crafts it perfectly to fit the emotions and mood that he’s trying to portray. He explores themes such as toxic masculinity which is juxtaposed by his strong vocals and RnB beats. This EP really does put John’s emotions out for everyone to see and it does so magnificently.


We caught up with John and this is what he had to say:

Northern Revive: Introduce yourself in less than 10 words.

John Thacker: Manchester LGBTQ+ artist making chill-pop sounds with a R&B twist (chill-pop counts as one word, right?)

NR: What made you want to get into music?

JT: I wouldn’t say there was one day when I decided that I wanted to break into music. I just can’t remember there ever being a time when I wasn’t a music maker. When I was younger, I’d put on mini performances to my parents of what I imagined in my head would be my future work tour. Music was a big part of our family; my dad was in bands in his youth and my mum is a singer. I think that bled into me. Music was a big discussion at the dinner table. When I was a teenager, I would create album titles of music I wanted to make and play on Garageband to make albums from my friends. I can’t imagine music not being a part of my life, and whilst there’s still sounds coming out of me, there’s music to make!

NR: What comes first lyrics or music?

JT: It depends on the project. Sometimes a lyric will come in my head and I’ll pop it into my voice notes and a concept will form around that. Other times I’ll be sat at my keyboard or guitar or just playing around on Logic and something will come from some chords and a note. For my new EP it was a mixture of the two, I was lucky enough to work with a set of some incredible producers for the EP, some songs formed from a demo instrumental that was produced and we built upon that.

NR: What was the last track you played on Spotify?

JT: The Ukraine entry at this year’s Eurovision by Go_A is the best thing I’ve heard in a while! It’s been on repeat all week. I’m completely obsessed with all the music from this year’s contest. I’d love to represent the UK and try to save us from the dreaded nil points. Let’s manifest that for 2022!

NR: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

 JT: Don’t try to do anything! I can’t try to create a sound that fits a specific brief or try to match another artist’s work, it has to be something that needs to come out of my body. As though it needs to exist outside of my mind. My best work has come from when I haven’t been trying to write, it’s just happened. There’s a magic in that moment when everything clicks and that thing you’ve had inside you has become a song.

NR: What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?

JT: I’m still completely obsessed with this year’s Eurovision tracks, especially the Ukraine entry by Go_A! The whole show was the joy we needed after this past year, plus some incredible talent.

I’ve been enjoying Novo Amor during lockdown; I find his voice so euphorically beautiful I forget about the world around me. I worked with the incredibly talented Fysik on my new EP on the track ‘Light’, the music he has out there already is incredible, his track ‘Slow Dance’ has been on my playlist all year. Also really digging the new Ben Howard album!

I’m also 1/3 of the band China Moon, our single ‘Forget’ came out in December, and we have some actual gigs this summer, the sound is a lot darker than my solo stuff, it’s so much fun playing with a completely different side to my vocals.

NR: What’s in store for you when all this is over?

 JT: Live music is happening! I repeat, live music is happening! I can’t wait to perform my new EP to a live audience, and I’m planning (fingers crossed) a tour to promote ‘John Joseph’, and I’m currently in the process of applying for some funding for a project I’ve got in the pipeline that I’ve been trying to get lifted off the ground.

NR: How are you coping with lockdown?

JT: This year has been incredibly hard for a lot of people, and there’s been some tough times for me too, but overall, I found this past year to be a game-changer for my outlook on life. I needed a pause to stop and reflect. I was feeling overwhelmed, as though time was just escaping me, and I was getting completely swept up into the endless busyness without stopping to enjoy the present and enjoy my twenties. In the first lockdown, for the first time in a very long time, I had nowhere to be. It came at the time that I needed it. I’ve discovered a lot about myself this year. The best part has been having time to make things, make music. I’ve produced some of my best work this year.

Things are feeling busier again now that restrictions are easing, and I can feel myself easily slipping into the hustle and bustle, but I think the key is taking time away for self-care. Whether that be an hour reading a book, a yoga session, or a morning lay in bed playing Sims.

NR: Where can we find out more?

JT: You can check out my discography on any major streaming/download platform, And follow me on the socials if you fancy a gander at some of my other work.

NR: Talk us through the new EP.

JT: ‘John Joseph’ is my first solo EP in nearly four years. It’s an independent release which is also a hell of a lot more work than when you have some backing from a label, but also gives you that much more control. I always say being a creative is 20% making and 80% pushing. I’m quite nervous about sharing it, it feels like the most personal of any of my music. ‘Don’t Know (Why)’ the lead single is one of my favourite songs I’ve wrote, produced by the brilliant Pet Planes, the song is a journey of mental health and exploration of toxic masculinity. The song sparked when I was in a self-destructive place and finished when I was in a good place, and confident place about myself. And I think change is explored within the song (and the EP), the humanity of feeling positive about yourself to then doubting. I hope that listeners find in the track something that resonates with them.

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