Joshua O’Riley, also known as LoveSelf, is an alternative rock musician from Canada. Joshua was raised in Basildon, which is located in Essex, despite the fact that he now lives in Canada. Joshua was born in Ireland.
Since he was twelve years old, he has had a profound interest in rock music, and bands such as Nirvana, The Cure, and Joy Division have been influential to him.
The musician, who was born in Ireland, pushes beyond the bounds of grunge in terms of power to explore the depths of noise rock, punk rock, and hardcore. He does this in order to brutally underline adolescence and fury.
His second single, “Diggin my grave,” has a heavier dose of fuzz but is not any less aggressive. Excellent for your nighttime skateboarding or your “it’s not a phase” routine.
We spoke about everything from his musical career and aspirations to his most recent hit during our in-depth discussion.
What is your real and official showbiz name?
The name I was given at birth is Joshua O’Riley. “LoveSelf” is my alias but that is more of a message to society. So you can call me “Lil Dead Christ” or “Lil Dead” haha.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I’ve been making I guess what you could call music since the end of my adolescents. What attracted me to it the most was that it’s ubiquitous to humans, we are the only species that can create it and is the only thing that can save us from our inevitable doom!
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
The first project I was in had many names. “Sundays monument”, “Infused”; I can’t remember the rest of them but I think we were more confused than anything! We were only young. The band was me, Jack, Glen, Lee, and Andy. I think we started that band in 2001 or 2002.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
Coffee and weed, the old poor man’s speedball are my number one motivators, it’s a deadly combo and won’t kill you or make you stupid.
My wife Amanda and my daughter Luna are a huge source of inspiration, they love the brand and what it means. They are always listening to the messes I create and getting involved in the process.
Anything “counter-culture” such as visual art like collages or graffiti; makes the sheep think. The film too, specifically films written and directed by “Quentin Tarantino”. The world’s full of it!
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
Honestly non-existent! I don’t think they understand what I’m trying to do and they’ve never asked. It’s always been seen as a nuisance or a silly hobby (unless you’re making money from it). My mum told me when I was younger that I didn’t have a note in my head! But you know what, I found a few in there and you only need a couple to make a melody!
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Finances and support from friends and family but I think I am partly responsible for that. I’m unemployed at the moment and I tend to isolate myself from the world around me. I don’t even have Wi-Fi.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I think it’s great that almost anybody can buy a computer to make music and release it. I think that should be a God-given right but now I think it’s a lot harder for artists especially mentally cause now you have to think about your image, your narrative, marketing and branding, and whether or not you have updated your IG story 35 times in one day!
The internet is a mindless place where people go for mindless entertainment. Society’s attention span just isn’t the same, we live in the shuffle generation and I think that this has had a profound effect on the music business, the quality of our music and the way we consume music these days.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Surround yourself with like-minded songwriters who understand the problems you’re facing and share the same interests in music.
What is your current project about?
Beyond identities and desires, there is an inner child whose nature is peace, whose expression is thought, and whose action is unconditional love.
What does this song mean to you?
The meaning throughout is older than the rock n’ roll form itself; Letting go of your pain and suffering or what no longer serves you. A rebirth into freedom!
What are your hobbies?
Sacrificing blood to the skate gods and reading self-help books!
What do you do aside from this profession?
I’m a professional pizza maker. They call me the “dough whisperer”. I’ll make you some dope za!
What is one message you would give to your fans?