Josh Olsen
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Josh Olsen

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
Band Singer/Songwriter




"Review With The New Nine"

New Video Alert: Josh Olsen’s “Sex With A Stranger”
Josh Olsen’s “Sex With A Stranger” is a song you can’t stop playing. I first heard it on a Discover Weekly playlist and I’ve been hooked ever since. So I am super excited to premiere the video. Josh says, "The concept for the video came about fairly quickly. The idea of waking up next to weird random characters was a funny metaphor for how it feels in a relationship when you get to the point that you feel like you are sleeping with someone you don’t know anymore."

"I had such a blast making it. I found it really hard to keep a straight face during most of the shoot. This is definitely my most humorous video to date."

Follow Josh on Twitter and Instagram and watch the video now. - The New Nine

"Interview With Out Of The Pine Box"

Texas native Josh Olsen is certainly no stranger to the music industry. Olsen began his career writing music for other artists, and eventually found himself on X-Factor back in 2012. From there, he started writing his own music to perform himself and made the huge move out to L.A. to follow his dream.

Having grown up around music halls and concert stages, Olsen sounds confident in both the lyrics he sings and the sounds he creates. Olsen leans towards a pop/R&B style despite growing up around country influences. His most recent release, “Bad Things,” exhibits his strong sense of writing and highlights his unique voice.

“Bad Things” describes how although many relationships have positive elements to them, some also hide not-so-wonderful times. People in these scenarios might see the bad things going on, but want to find the best in their significant other. The music video for this single is highly unique, as it begins with Olsen being thrown into the back of a car by none other than his doppelgänger. This second-Olsen tries to break him from his bad habits showing him that what’s going on is wrong. The visual elements and contrast from bright blues and pinks to black complement the song beautifully.

I had the chance to speak to Josh Olsen about growing up in Texas and moving to the West Coast, what his inspiration is for his upcoming EP, and more! Continue reading below to learn more about Josh, and to watch the music video for “Bad Things.”
Q: I read that you were part of X-Factor back in 2012. That sounds like an extremely amazing opportunity! Did you learn much from that experience? If so, what was the most important lesson you took from that?

A: I learned so much! I think the main thing I learned was how much I really wanted to do music at that level all the time.

Q: Texas is a wonderful state full of rich culture. How do you think being from such a large, interesting place has influenced you as an artist overall?

A: Growing up in a small country town in Texas, the main type of music I listened to and was surrounded by was country. I think Texas has actually influenced me to take interest in other musical genres that were different from what everyone else around me liked. I ended up being really interested in pop culture, and dreamed of moving to the big city of LA very early on.

Q: You released your new single, "Bad Things," back in May. What sort of message or story are you hoping listeners to gain from the song?

A: I really just hope that the song meets everyone where they are at in life, and that they can relate to it. The song is about the internal struggle with ourselves in a relationship. No matter how much we try to escape the bad aspects in a relationship, something inside us always has a way of making us realize when it’s toxic and we need to get out.

Q: I know you've been gearing up to release your EP, which is super exciting! What kind of sounds or stories did you explore when writing for it?

A: This EP was definitely inspired by my past relationships. I love experimenting with sounds and including organic elements like guitar and piano with some electronic sounds.

Q: Has moving to Los Angeles changed your view on the music industry in any way? What positives have you seen from the move?

A: Moving to LA didn’t change my view of the industry, but it did make me realize that you are the only one that going to make your dreams happen, and you have to be careful with who you put your trust in. Not everyone has your best interest [at heart]. The positives have far out weighed the negatives. I’ve been able to meet some extremely talented people that have inspired me to keep pushing forward. I think the main thing is just the amount of personal growth that has happened in my life by pushing myself to get out of Texas, and just be comfortable being uncomfortable at times to make my dreams reality. - Out Of The Pine Box

"Interview With Gigsoup"

Los Angeles Pop/R&B singer-songwriter Josh Olsen today releases his latest single, “Bad Things”. Backed by a slick guitar, gentle piano, and Josh’s silky vocals, the powerful track calls on a complex gathering of emotions captured in thoughtfully written lyrics.

Josh reveals a passionate side of himself in “Bad Things” as he questions the urge to stay in a spoiled relationship. “A person can be completely wrong for you, but yet we almost start to crave the negativity in our lives because of how they make us feel sometimes,” he says. When we fall for someone, we often accept negativity in the relationship in light of our positive feelings, even to the point where we crave that negative energy. Josh cleverly uses metaphors to represent the tug-of-war between these feelings, perhaps best expressed in the lyric: “You’re my favorite song that’s playing too long, and now I just want it to quit.” Eloquent production by Grammy-nominated Bart Schoudel (Camila Cabello, Justin Bieber, Zara Larsson) and Josh’s own soulful vocal talent deliver the heavy messaging of “Bad Things” as a very relaxed listening experience.

Though somewhat new to the LA music scene, Josh has been singing and songwriting his entire life. His talents were fostered by his musically-gifted family, who often spent time writing songs together and performing at their church. Keeping family in mind, Josh and his twin brother later took their high school band to great heights, moving to Austin and even auditioning for The X-Factor. Wanting to explore music as independent artists, the two later split, and Josh decided to make the brave leap to LA. He hit the ground running, recording his own music as well as co-writing songs for Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace. Today, he is his own artist, constantly coming up with new music in all places from the shower to his dreams and eager to share it with the world.

“Bad Things” comes as Josh’s first release of 2019, following 2018 singles “Next to You” and “Breathing In”. The track comes in anticipation of Josh’s upcoming debut EP, a collaboration with producer Bart Schoudel. Be sure to look out for more tracks from the EP! - Gigsoup

"Interview With Pop-Culturalist"

Exclusive Interview: Pop-Culturalist Chats with Josh Olsen

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Pop/R&B singer-songwriter Josh Olsen is one to keep your eyes—and ears—on. The talented musician has been singing and writing his entire life, having grown up in a musically-gifted family. He and his twin brother, Jeremiah, moved to Austin to follow their dreams, and auditioned for The X-Factor where they caught the attention of Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, and Britney Spears. Later, they made the difficult decision to part ways and explore music as independent artists.

Josh took a leap of faith and headed to Los Angeles, where he’s been creating and recording his own original music. His new single, “Bad Things”, is a captivating track about staying in a spoiled relationship. It features Josh’s silky vocals and powerful emotions captured through thoughtfully written lyrics. Pop-Culturalist had the chance to catch up with Josh about the new track.

P-C: How did you discover your passion for music?
Josh: I discovered my passion for music at a really young age. My mother was a singer, so that inspired me. I’ve wanted to do music for as long as I can remember, but I think I really realized it around the age of ten when I was singing in my church band.

P-C: Tell us about your new single, “Bad Things.” What inspired the track?
Josh: The song is based on a tough relationship I was in. I got so comfortable that even when I knew it wasn’t going anywhere, I wanted to stay out of a need for security in my life.

P-C: You and your twin brother were part of a duo. What did you learn during that experience that you’ve been able to apply to this next chapter in your career?
Josh: I learned how to be a great collaborator. When you’re in a duo, you have to be flexible and have the ability to adjust based on what your partner is doing. I also learned that it’s important to always stay true to who you are. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what others want for your life, but at the end of the day, you can’t please everyone.

P-C: How difficult was making the decision to go solo?
Josh: It was really difficult! It took me a long time to finally make the decision. I always knew in the back of my mind that I would go solo, but it took me a while to accept it and build the courage to leave everything I’d ever known.

P-C: You’ve released a few singles to date. Can we expect a larger body of work in the future? Possibly an EP or album?
Josh: Yes, I am working on my EP, which is set to come out at the end of the year.

P-C: What does the rest of the year hold for you as we look ahead in 2019?
Josh: I will be releasing music videos and more singles as well as an EP. It’s going to be a great year of growth in my life, and I’m so excited!

Josh Olsen
Pop-Culturalist Speed Round

P-C: Guilty pleasure TV show?
Josh: Keeping Up with the Kardashians

P-C: Guilty pleasure movie?
Josh: The Matrix

P-C: Favorite book?
Josh: The Power of Now

P-C: Favorite play or musical?
Josh: Grease

P-C: A band or artist fans would be surprised is on your playlist?
Josh: Beyoncé

P-C: First album you bought?
Josh: *NSYNC

P-C: First concert you attended?
Josh: Other than my mother’s concerts, Switchfoot

P-C: An album that changed your life and why?
Josh: I don’t think that I can pick just one. I have had some many artists’ albums that have changed my life on the daily. I think that’s what’s so amazing about the power of music—it can take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and make you remember a time or place.

P-C: A venue on your bucket list to perform at?
Josh: Madison Square Garden, and many others…

To keep up with Josh, follow him on Twitter and Instagram, and pick up “Bad Things” on Amazon Music, iTunes, or stream it on Spotify. - Pop-Culturalist

"Interview With Vents Magazine"

Hi Josh, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been really well, thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Bad Things”?

Yes! I’m so excited for you guys to hear it.

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

I wrote the song based on one of my past relationships. It was pretty toxic, but when you’re in love you only see the good: even the bad things I’d somehow justify and make excuses for. Actually, I got so comfortable with the bad aspects that they became my normal.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes. We start production on the video very soon.

How was the recording and writing process?

This song was a collaboration with Bart Schoudel. We would normally start out by writing a chord progression on the guitar or piano and then add the melody and lyrics. Once we got every part of the song, we went to the studio and produced it.

What was it like to work with Bart Schoudel and how did that relationship develop?

It is always so much fun working with Bart. We met via social media. I was looking for a producer and really liked what I was hearing from him, so I reached out. He’s not just my producer but also a great friend of mine now, so we always have a good time. It’s really when you’re having fun and enjoying yourself that the best music comes.

How much did he get to influence the song?

Bart influenced the song a great deal. It was a true collaboration between the two of us.

What role does LA play in your music?

I think LA has played and continues to play a role in my music. Had I not moved here, I wouldn’t have met the people I have or had certain opportunities presented to me.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

The approach is always different when you’re working alone versus with someone. When collaborating, you have to be open to ideas and ways of doing things that might be a little different than you’re used to, but that’s what makes collaborations so cool. You get to see things through someone else’s perspective. And if you’re open to it, sometimes you come together and make something amazing.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

My upbringing definitely made me a better writer because I was surrounded by songwriting. My mother was a writer, so I started writing songs around age 5. My mother, brother and I would sit around for hours writing songs together. I dealt a lot with bullying growing up and songwriting was my way of feeling like I had a purpose. It was also my way of letting out my feelings. It’s through writing and singing that I found my confidence.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

It’s going really well. This first single is one of 6 songs that will be released on my EP coming out end of this year, so stay tuned because there is more to come.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I think the EP will be released around October or November. I have some ideas for the title, but we will see.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. I will definitely be hitting the road to tour after we finish the EP.

What else is happening in Josh Olsen’s world?

Music is taking over my life right now in a good way. I am growing every day, working hard, and so excited about what’s to come.

Listen “Bad Things” here – - Vents Magazine

"Interview With Affinity Magazine"

Josh Olsen Reflects On Relationship With Music and New Single, ‘Bad Things’
ByAriel ZedriconMay 15, 2019

Josh Olsen was destined for a career in music. While in high school, he and his twin brother were a part of a band that first allowed them to explore, learn, and grow as musicians. Their music took them as far as an audition for The X-Factor before the band split to allow the members to pursue their individual careers. Josh made the courageous decision to move to LA and hit the ground running with his Pop/R&B music style.

His recent single, “Bad Things”, artfully captures Josh’s soulful voice and emotional message about toxic relationships. I sat down with the singer-songwriter to learn more about his latest song and how music has guided him every step of the way.

Courtesy of Josh Olsen

Ariel Zedric: In a business that is all about standing out, what are three words that describe your style, music or otherwise?

Josh Olsen: Passionate, goofy, and honest.

Tell me about the inspiration for your most recent single, “Bad Things”!

“Bad Things” was inspired by one of my past relationships. It’s about being so caught up in someone that the bad things start to seem good.

You’ve spoken about your closeness to your family. How has your childhood and upbringing impacted your music?

My family didn’t have a lot growing up, but we had each other, and we all shared the same love for music. I think my childhood really instilled a passion and determination in me to always keep pushing myself. I think that because I had to work hard for everything I wanted growing up, it gave me the work ethic I have today.

Tell me about the high school band you and your brother had! What was it like auditioning for The X-Factor? Would you ever do it again?

My brother and I had so much fun doing music together. Our high school band is really where it all started. I am so thankful that I had those times with him to learn and grow into the artist I am today. The X-factor was a lot of fun and a big learning experience. It really showed me that music is truly the career I want. Never say never, but I’m not sure I would do it again. I like to leave the past in the past.

Talk a little about your decision to move to LA!

It was probably the hardest decision I have ever made in my life. I left everything I’ve ever known and made a leap of faith. I’ve always known I was meant to be in LA. Even though it was hard, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

What has been your favorite part about living in LA so far?

Besides the great weather, I think the opportunities and connections that LA has given me.

Explain the personal and professional struggles you’ve encountered in the music industry thus far. How have they molded you?

I think music is an extremely hard industry and you have to absolutely love it to stick with it. I have been through so many ups and downs with my music, but the struggles have really made me stronger. Every time I get through a hard time or difficult situation I’m always stronger on the other side.

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Have you ever doubted your choice to pursue music? If so, what’s kept you going?

I have doubted it so many times. It’s ok to doubt, but I’ve never let that take over my mindset. What keeps me going is something in me that I can’t really explain. I just know that I’m where I’m meant to be. I love to sing and when something is such a major part of you, you can’t give it up.

Tell me about a moment in your career that has left you extremely proud.

I think there are so many moments that have made me proud, and they are always changing to the next moment. This single “Bad Things” is a major moment for me. To have a song that I had such a big role in making happen makes me very proud.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?

Ryan Tedder is definitely a huge inspiration for me. I really look up to him as a talented writer, producer, and singer. He has gone through a lot with labels dropping his band and people telling him ‘no’, but he didn’t stop, and now he’s one of the most successful people in the music industry. His undying determination and will are truly inspiring.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists in the field? How has your success story panned out?

Never give up. When you know something, go for it with everything you have, and it’s just a matter of time before it happens. My success story is ongoing every day. Things are looking bright, but there is a lot of hard work ahead. - Affinity Magazine

"Interview With Stage Right Secrets"

Exclusive Premiere: Josh Olsen “Bad Things” By Giselle | May 15, 2019

Josh reveals a passionate side of himself in “Bad Things” as he questions the urge to stay in a spoiled relationship. Eloquent production by Grammy-nominated Bart Schoudel (Camila Cabello, Justin Bieber, Zara Larsson) and Josh’s own soulful vocal talent deliver the heavy messaging of “Bad Things” as a very relaxed listening experience.

Though new to the LA music scene, Josh has been singing and songwriting his entire life. His talents were fostered by his musically-gifted family, who often spent time writing songs together and performing at their church. Keeping family in mind, Josh and his twin brother later took their high school band to great heights, moving to Austin and even auditioning for The X-Factor. Wanting to explore music as independent artists, the two later split, and Josh decided to make the brave leap to LA. He hit the ground running, recording his own music as well as co-writing songs for Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace.

"“Bad Things” was inspired by one of my not so good past relationships. I started to accept the bad things as my new normal and found myself almost craving any attention, whether it was good or bad. It talks about my struggles of getting out of something that I knew was never going to be good for me, even though there was security in it. This song is really special because it’s my first solo track, it was also amazing to write and co-produce with Bart Schoudel. “ - Stage Right Secrets


Bad Things - 2019

Sex With a Stranger - 2019

Breathing In - 2018

Next To You - 2018



Josh is a singer-songwriter from Austin Texas, currently living in Los Angeles. Josh is a writer at heart. He has been writing music most of his life. He wrote and composed a full length LP for "The Adamant" group, FULLER HOUSE's Juan Pablo Di Pace's debut Single “Broken" and is currently writing and recording songs for his own solo debut EP.

Originally from Brenham Texas. Josh grew up in recording studios and concert halls. His mother was a singer songwriter, and inspired him from a very early age. He started singing professionally at age 10 alongside his twin brother Jeremiah Olsen. In 2012, Josh was seen in the X-Factor USA, making it to the top 40 acts in America.

Josh has released two singles in 2018 and just released his new single, "Bad Things", co-written by two-time Grammy nominated producer, Bart Schoudel. Josh is set to release 5 more songs this year, that will complete his first solo EP.

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