Interviews of Monsters Who Sleep:
My name is Joshua Richard, the sole proponent of Monsters Who Sleep. I do it all. And I mean it all. I write, record all the instruments, vocals and mix my own music. My own home studio is two microphones and a laptop sitting in my bedroom.
As a 90’s kid, spending my time playing music is the most rewarding adventure I’ve ever been on. This is my purpose in life. It provides me with a profound happiness. There is nothing else I would rather do. And believe me, I mean nothing. You can take a look at my empty wall of college and university degrees if you need proof.
After struggling with mental health issues – and my 2015 diagnosis of schizophrenia, I refuse to take life for granted. Living in shelters, going through the Canadian mental health system. There were moments where I thought I wouldn’t make it out alive, and other moments where I didn’t even want to be alive. People at the shelter ganged up on me several times. They mugged me, stole my jacket in the middle of winter, and my headphones.
Now I do whatever I can to better myself in life, and I go by the motto “anything in life worth having is worth working for.” A lot has changed in my life since that point in my life. I’m a much stronger and better person than before. With that said, I’ve always been kind of a goofball. And that’s something I hope I can hold onto until the day I die from overhydration (I drink a lot of water, okay?)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city on the East Coast of Canada has been my home for the vast majority of my life. Even though other places feel more like home to me. I kind of hate…okay, I loathe the winters here. You can always hear me saying how much I want to live in California or down South somewhere. I’m a total sucker for summer. It gets pretty nice here; up to 30⁰C on the good days, but in the cold season, it sucks ass. You can hear me complaining about the weather another time, I don’t want to sound like an old man.
I was home schooled, and I hated it until grade 9, when I joined public school. Actually, I hated public school too. I have an unreasonable hatred for school I guess. But I love learning, especially about music. Every year I attend the Tom Hess Music Corporation live events in Chicago, Illinois. Where I learn about music business, writing, improving musical skills and more. There are also hundreds of other musicians from around the world who attend these events. It’s definitely my favorite time of the year. Even more than Christmas. 😎
My main influences are: This Wild Life, Secondhand Serenade, and Never Shout Never. I also draw a lot of inspiration from rock, hardcore, and heavy metal music. As I’m sure you can tell from my Beyond The Inevitable Murmur album. I listen to hip hop, classical, bands from other genres, solo artists, songs, and genres. I’ve played drums in local metal bands too. I have a tender history with heavy music. And that doesn’t include my conservatory piano background.
Man, I talk a lot! I guess that’s a long-winded way of saying: tag along with me, I’m sure it will be one hell of a ride!