Creating a sound that deftly jumps between genres, Joywave's music is grounded in classic songwriting, often injected with house music's energy, the playfulness of disco and an overarching hip-hop spirit. Their How Do You Feel? EP (released on the band's Hollywood Records imprint Cultco Music in March 2014) demonstrates the bands pointed talent for originality while blending influences.
Where any other band might lose its identity in the quest to experiment with so many different sounds, Joywave's all-embracing approach puts their distinct personality front and center while reinforcing the band's stance that they are not aiming for the middle. "Music should engage the audience. If we have not elicited a response of some sort, we have not done our job."
Being from Rochester, NY, Joywave acknowledges that they are somewhat isolated from the mainstream music scene and that's how they like it. "We're able to keep a finger on the pulse of what's happening in big cities but exist outside the trends and can be creative doing what we genuinely like without being overly influenced by other artists."
Joywave's distinguished sound is already paying off, they've received high praise from Rolling Stone, The Fader and Nylon, to name a few, and have been generating a substantial fan-base on the road nabbing slots with The Killers and RAC while performing at some of this summer's biggest festivals including Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Bunbury. To top it off, Joywave made their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, performing not only their hit song "Tongues," but also performing with Big Data on their collaborative alternative radio hit "Dangerous (feat. Joywave)."
Joywave was joined by 2014 Rock Hunt Finalists, Jetty, on 7/17/15 at Waterplace Park for the kickoff of 2015's WBRU Dunkin Donuts Summer Concert Series!