Cape Town - Josh Kempen released his second single, titled Pistol, together with a brand new music video on Friday.
Pistol is the much-anticipated follow up to his first single, The River.
This is what Josh had to say about Pistol: "I watched a TED talk by Tony Robbins a little while back. He was talking about the basic values that every person tries to bring into their life with their actions. It was the thing of certainty, uncertainty, significance, love, growth & contribution. And he said this is why there are people who would put a gun against someone’s head; because it is the fastest way to get all those things for a moment. It just struck me as a powerful concept and I thought that true love could be like that pistol and bring all of those things into your life, but lastingly. So it’s a love song structured around the Pistol metaphor.
"I feel really lucky to have worked with William Collinson on camera & Dan McCauley (DOLPH) with the editing. They really made the video something beautiful and meaningful. Behind the scenes was crazy, from coming up with a concept to location scouting to catering for the crew, to wardrobe & props. It was a few manic days with very little sleep, but I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I really hope it means something to the people who see it."
Watch the video for Pistol here:
See some behind-the-scenes pics from the video shoot here:
Previously nominated as "Songwriter of the Year" by SAMRO, he has performed at some of South Africa's largest music festivals; Oppikoppi, Lush Festival & Splashy Fen, as well as the countries most loved venues with the likes of Shortstraw, Desmond & the Tutus, and Matthew Mole. Josh's debut EP, the The Midnight Ship was picked as a "Top 20 Record of 2015" by SA blog Texx & the City and made "the Fuss List" of 2015. Josh was recently picked by Deezer ZA as an "Artist to Watch in 2016" alongside international breakthrough artists like Leon Bridges & Jack Garrat. His much-lauded major label single, The River peaked at number 9 on the South African iTunes chart.
Josh’s debut album is set for release in February 2017.