Under the Radar: The Joshua Hotel

The hosts of Scotland’s top radio shows are very excited about Joshua Mackenzie – and you should be too, write Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon

The Joshua Hotel, aka Joshua Mackenzie
The Joshua Hotel, aka Joshua Mackenzie

We first encountered Joshua Mackenzie as the frontman in Inverness-based band Lional. The Joshua Hotel is his fantastically lo-fi dream-pop solo project, written and recorded in isolation at his rural home studio in the Highlands. His brilliant debut single The Moments was released at the beginning of the year, followed by his Closet Romantic EP and his latest single Somebody New – our favourite so far, released via No Big Deal Music.

Mackenzie writes about mental health battles, the pandemic and coping with loss and relationships. He’s secured airplay across the BBC, with Vic Galloway, Grant Stott, Roddy Hart and Phoebe I-H & Shereen Cutkelvin on BBC Radio Scotland and with RAPAL on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. John Kennedy on Radio X and Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio have also been supportive, as have Tenement TV and NetSounds.

Check out why we’re all so excited https://www.facebook.com/thejoshuahotel

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night Born To Be Wide, www.borntobewide.co.uk

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