We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Goldstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The pursuit of creativity has always been central to who I am. The old saying goes do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! That, and it provides a much needed cathartic outlet. Especially with the state of things in the world, this is necessary now more than ever, for EVERYONE!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Starting a band is something I had always done. For the last 20 years, playing music with friends and writing original songs was always a central focus of my life. I’ve been playing with IN THE VARIANT for about 8 years now and am constantly excited for what the future holds. The name IN THE VARIANT comes from the idea that keeping things in your life “varied” is quite important. Whether it’s the music you listen to, the people you hang with, or the chances you do and don’t take it’s important to stay in a space of variation. We try to embody this in our music. We want to create something unique. I’ll tell you though, it’s been a crazy ride. We are far from rock stars and being able to support our families with this. We have all had to work outside of the band in order to do that. One of us is even a life saving paramedic, you get to guess which one haha! Anyways, there have been many ups and a few down but the roads always lead to growth. It sometimes feels like work and it’s hard to get through the multiple hour practice session after hours working earlier that day. But we do it. We push through to the good moments of creativity and come together in that space of variance. It is not always easy doing that. We walk down a lot of roads before we decide which one to commit to. That can be a frustrating process but it has always yielded music we enjoy playing and listening to, which at the end of the day, is our goal. If other people dig it than that is awesome! We are currently working on new music and are excited to show everyone what we have been concocting.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would tell them to come to south broadway in Denver. There is so much good food and places to see. I would hit up the Irish Rover for some great tacos and cold pints in the evening and sit on their upstairs patio to catch the sunset. After that I would tell them to come down to our practice studio across the street from The Brutal Poodle just down of off Evans and Broadway, another great joint for unique and delicious food! We would run-through our latest set for them and hang out and talk music and listen to music for a while. Afterwards we would head down town to one of the many venues Denver offers. One of my personal favorites is the Marquis Theater downtown. Not only is it a smaller, more intimate venue with an awesome sound system but they have INCREDIBLE NY style pizza. I have literally eaten the equivalent of a coffee table of their pie. There is so much in Denver to see and do but that is where I would start. I would also hope to run into Tony Mason whilst venue hopping. We have worked with him for many years around town and as THE promoter he has been one of the most instrumental people in the Denver music scene opening it up to all of the amazing talent here. He is great guy and a blast to hang with!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my brothers in the band, bassist Josh Somers and drummer Jason Deliganis. Without them I would never be able to do what I do musically today.