“The EP is definitely a brighter more direct perspective on how people see fame, style, and how we treat each other.”
– Cautious Clay

It’s only been eight months since Brooklyn, New York’s Cautious Clay decided to press the upload button on his debut single, “Cold War”. The track has over 8 million streams on Spotify to-date and landed the #1 spot on Hype Machine; a result of the buzz that surrounded the striking and clever debut.

Without wasting any time, Cautious Clay (or Josh Karpeh as his friends call him) has just released his second EP, “Resonance” filled with clever but telling lyrics. We recently had the chance to catch up with him to discuss the new album.

“The EP is definitely a brighter more direct perspective on how people see fame, style, and how we treat each other,” Cautious Clay explains. The first instance of this is heard on the EP’s single, “French Riviera”.

Read the full interview with Cautious Clay below. 

What sort of emotions are evoked when you listen back to the tracks?

Dryness, sarcasm, love, empathy.

What caused the frustrations heard in “French Riviera”?

Being myself was always a struggle externally growing up with the people I was around. I also wouldn’t call it frustration but more of my observation on what I feel.

You’ve achieved an enormous amount of success since your debut single. How do you feel about becoming an even larger international name in music?

That’s what I want.

Do you remember the exact moment that you decided to pursue music full-time? What was it like?

I was working a day job in Manhattan and I remember being pretty excited but clueless on how I would make it work.


Photo Credit: Dean Luis

What’s been the most rewarding part about being an independent artist thus far?

Being able to release music when I want, and having total creative freedom.

On the EP, “Call Me” and “Smoke” point to unspoken norms and practices with both technology & social media.  What’s your take on the way we use these platforms?

I feel like social media really isn’t a part of those songs but more so just relates to my perspective on fame and how we idolize, particularly in “Call Me”. “Smoke” is really just about being straight with people on your intentions whether that be in a job or with friends, etc.

As a heavily experienced producer, what was the most unique instrument or piece of gear/equipment used on this EP?

Probably the flute on “Call Me” and “Smoke”,  it’s kinda tucked in the back of everything.

What was the most memorable moment from producing Resonance?

Probably when I came up with the title of the project. I really felt like it made sense for the songs.

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