Newly signed to U.S. Indie label, Res­id­ence, Rap­per, pro­du­cer and Spoken Word artist, Joshua Luke Smith releases new single, ‘Head­lights’.

Smith has long been open about his man­tra, ‘Speak­ing into the Chaos’ where he feels strongly about vocal­ising a clar­ity into the noise of today’s cul­ture.  Speak­ing truth and encour­age­ment, a remind­er and return to the things that truly mat­ter in life and all that makes us con­nec­ted by our human­ity rather than sep­ar­ated by our dif­fer­ences.

Smith has often used his own hard­ships and fail­ings, speak­ing to him­self in his lyr­ics as much as to the listen­er.  ‘Head­lights’ is a bru­tal and hon­est eval­u­ation of the things we con­sume and the places we go to for soul-sat­is­fac­tion.

Smith explains, ‘For me, Head­lights is a song about mak­ing peace with your place in the world. For too long I’ve allowed the chains of com­par­is­on to rob me of the joy found in simply being. “What are you drink­ing?” Is the ques­tion I ask myself to find out where I’m going to find approv­al and soul-sat­is­fac­tion. I’m learn­ing to elim­in­ate, from my life, the places that don’t truly sat­is­fy, that leave me dry and without peace. As an artist I want to ask the ques­tions that help move our Cul­ture for­ward, and help heal soci­ety. I’ve learnt I have to become the first per­son I ask. ‘Head­lights’ con­tains the ques­tions I know I need to answer most.’

The track is a brave self-exam­in­a­tion from Smith and the pro­cessing of some pretty deep emo­tions. Essen­tially it’s about becom­ing com­fort­able in our own skin and let­ting go of the things that ulti­mately, don’t sat­is­fy the soul.

‘Head­lights’ addresses an intern­al struggle famil­i­ar to us all. After all, what we con­sume we become.  The track encour­ages us all to take stock and ask ourselves, ‘What are you drink­ing?’

Filmed in London’s Soho, and dir­ec­ted by Domin­ic Dor­ing, the video to accom­pany the track per­fectly encap­su­lates the con­sumer­ist and hedon­ist­ic cul­ture that can pull us away from ourselves and into com­par­is­on.

Joshua Luke Smith will be embark­ing on a UK and European tour with Sofar Sounds early 2018 with a U.S tour planned for the Spring. He has also recently done a Ted Talk on the theme of dis­rupt­ing Cul­ture by speak­ing to the heart of the mat­ter and about mat­ters of the heart, which will be pub­lished later this month.



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Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.
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Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.