With eclectic tastes and influences stemming from his colourful upbringing, Toronto-based artist (via Kenya and Rwanda), Jozem experiments with various elements to create a unique sound that is melded with allusive and personal lyrics.
While taking the time to pursue his other childhood dream of becoming a physician, Jozem kept the music close, continuously writing and producing. He views music-making as a necessary means of self-expression and a form of catharsis for his ‘two-brained, academic and creative sides which are sometimes at tension but ultimately complement each other.
In May 2019, Jozem released his debut 3-track EP, BLACK NIGHT, a deeply introspective work that touches upon various themes of loss, indecision, self-doubt and ultimately, self-acceptance. His following singles ‘Breathe,’ ‘Water Me,’ and ‘Dreams’ were equally moving and well-considered bodies of work. With each release Jozem continues to grow and progress as both a musician and a songwriter, establishing his artistry through meaningful, expressive music that’s thought-provoking, sincere and relatable.
Still something of a best-kept secret, Jozem has impressed audiences with his intimate and expressive performances, anchored by a voice rich in emotion and texture. His lyrics and sounds emanate from intense depth and contemplation, offering a brief glimpse into his soul, whilst leaving room for interpretation and self-application.
With a sophomore project, it came to me in a dream, on the horizon, Jozem hopes to extend fans a further glimpse into his world with the release of ‘Goderich’.
“Goderich is a song about letting go, a song about falling in and out of love with my creative process and realizing that it is in these ‘in between’ moments of quiet that you will again find the love and inspiration. I wrote it after experiencing a long period of creative block, trying to force things and worrying that I had lost my touch/connection to my creativity then realizing that it was okay to have these moments of drought, and that it was all part of the process. Once I let go, it came back overflowing.”