The 10,000 recently visited one of the music industry’s leading creators, Joshua Karpeh, known professionally as Cautious Clay, at home in Brooklyn, New York. The singer, songwriter and record producer’s latest single, Karma + Friends, explores the importance of pursuing meaningful relationships in our lives, while surrounding the listener in the artist’s signature sonic palette, constructed of thick vocals that warm the senses and soothe the soul. Read on to learn more about the early influences and creative process of Cautious Clay, and why karma is so instrumental to understanding his latest track.
You grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, attended George Washington University and worked in real estate before fully committing to a career in music. Tell us more about your childhood and upbringing. What ultimately made you pursue music professionally?
Growing up I was exposed to a lot of different things, mostly because my mom was very open and encouraging. I also had an incredible music teacher, Greg Patillo. He’s a legendary guy in that he was one of the first people to blew up on YouTube, doing things like Mario renditions on his flute while beatboxing over it. Greg was a very open-minded guy and encouraged me to learn the blues on the flute and got me into jazz, all while teaching the Baroque classics like Handel and Bach. Having that type of encouragement at such an early age put into perspective how creativity and improvisation was exciting and motivating. I kept music as a thing I always loved, but I never pursued a full time career within the industry until I realized it was the one thing that excited me the most in life. It really wasn’t until the year after I graduated college that I realized music could really be the path for me.
– Joshua Karpeh aka Cautious Clay was photographed at home in Brooklyn, New York by The 10,000 in early April, 2021. Cautious Clay’s debut album Deadpan Love releases June 25th. Click here to pre-save and pre-order.