Josie Randle of Adptd brings a unique sound brought forth from a deep well of emotion. Randle is not afraid to feel and that power comes through in her original music. Brave Bold & Beautiful.
Josette Rhodes “Officially Rocks”
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Bands Bio: Adptd is composed of Josie Randle (Singer, Song-writer, Guitarist, Producer) a woman of color who is in fact, adopted with a story to tell. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with many friends and musicians globally as she has created this unique, emotive, alternative rock record in the Adptd Studio (aka bedroom). The debut EP ‘Bedroom Walls’, which will follow after a series of singles and visual representation, truly reflects off the walls themselves. Adptd draws her ambient, yet heavy musical sound from a love of 2000s emo rock, top 40 hits, and many other current artist within the pop/rock, pop-punk, and hardcore scene. Though Adptd may be a new project for her, she is no stranger to touring and being in a band as you may be familiar with her previous 3 piece Eye the Realist. With Adptd you can expect raw vulnerability with a focus on the deep feelings of anxiety, depression, political racism and how those experiences collectively impact one’s mental and spiritual wellbeing
What make you Officially Rock? Aside from the rock’n bangers I write. I’m adopted, and I believe that’s what really makes me who I am. My personality, and empathy to care for others. My dreadlocks are pretty dope too hahah
What drives you as a musician/band? It’s what I know and enjoy the most in life. If I’m getting real here, my Grandma was always my biggest advocate and believed in everything I’ve done. In her memory I’ll continue to always do my best and succeed where I can.
What/who are your main influences? Some of my biggest influences are probably most of the 2000s emo rock bands from Taking Back Sunday, Emery, Silverstein, The Rocket Summer, Underoath, Pierce the Veil, Thrice, Paramore. The list goes on and on into bands like BMTH, Hands Like Houses, Holding Absence, Dayseeker, Spiritbox, Stand Atlantic, Trashboat, etc. I gather influences anytime I listen to something new. Even if it’s top 40’s radio pop music.
What is your songwriting process? I love finding new sounds and seeing what inspiration comes from that, then taking my guitar and jamming over it and going from there. Sometimes that specific sound may not make it into the track but the vibe I get from it helps create a new song. From there I’m hopping around different instruments piecing together other sounds and melodies that I hear. Writing out drum parts, syncopating riffs over those. Over the last year though I’ve found I love collaborating with certain musicians/artist. While I am the sole creator of the music you hear I have friends that are super talented that help add or piece together certain parts as well, most importantly the drums. One of my homies Andrew Rivas is a dope drummer and always vibes and gets my direction and flow of the song so he comes in and helps re-create parts as I’m not technically a drummer I like to write and envision certain parts that he gets and expands and exceeds those parts on.
What is your scariest road story? Honestly, I’m lucky enough to not have any scary stories to tell. Knock on wood I won’t have to.
What are your thoughts about the current music business in general? It’s forever changing and I’m always trying to stay up on the latest trends and experiment with what works. I’m all about it though and all the new avenues to promote my music and meet people.
Where do you see your music career in 10 years? I’d love to be able to see myself playing music festivals, and really take on a career path of producing and co-writing actively with other artist outside of my own band.
In one word, why are you in a music career? Passion