Local music Q&A: Josh Krajcik discusses new EP and more

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From the December 13, 2012 edition

A year after Josh Krajcik made a splash on Fox’s televised singing contest “The X Factor,” the Columbus rocker finally has some new music in the world. It was met with heavy demand; the four-song EP debuted at No. 10 on the iTunes album chart. Before Krajcik’s return to the Newport this Friday with The Wet Darlings, he caught us up to speed on his progress.

“One Thing She’ll Never Know” seems to be the lead single.

I hesitate to call it a single, but it’s definitely the lead song. We’re going to radio next year after the break. The full length is getting finished up now. I think since I performed it on “The X Factor,” it seems to be the “single” for the EP.

What about that song made you decide, “This is the one we want to roll with?”

I think the content from a songwriting standpoint is really interesting. One of the reasons I wanted to write it is because I think a lot of us can relate to that on an emotional level. It may not be autobiographical from my standpoint, but I think if you haven’t experienced that, you know someone who has or is. I think it’s a love song that hasn’t been heard before. From that standpoint, I thought that listeners would relate to it in the same way that I did as a songwriter.

Will all of these songs be on the full-length?

I think they all are going to make it on there. If not they’ll be exclusive bonus tracks or something like that. I wanted to choose four songs that kind of encompassed the variety that the record will have. And also I love the songs “Don’t Make Me Hopeful” and “Nothing.” They were some of my favorite songs to make, so I wanted to get those out there. And I had to, of course, put on the ballad because people are going to want to hear that, and that song, I think, is really emotional and great, the song “Let Me Hold You.” So I just wanted to put a nice little taster together, you know?

I noticed the EP is out on “Krajcik Records.” Is that a subsidiary of your label or something?

I’ve essentially put it out in partnership with BMG independently. So I’m working with BMG on the full-length as well.

Is that different from Phonogenic Records?

I made the record with Phonogenic, so they’re still involved, but my team and I wanted to get it out there, so we did that. We’re going to partner up with BMG for the full-length and get that out early spring.

Do you have a working title for that?

Well, I was going to have it self-titled, but now I’m thinking I may title it since the EP’s self-titled. The one thing I don’t want to do is name it after one of the songs. I’d rather come up with a title that kind of encompasses the whole body of work. Then again, it may just be self-titled full-length. We’re kind of at the last stages of the record. Those are the kind of things we’re still hashing out.

You played the Newport back in June. How will this week’s show be different?

I’m planning on doing a little bit more solo stuff that will change it up a little bit. And also I’m going to play some different songs with the band. You can expect sort of the same but different. I want to make it different enough that it’s not like, “I just saw this show in June.” Sequence is going to be a lot different, and a longer solo set. I’ve been actually really enjoying playing solo shows. It will be really nice to kind of quiet everything down and just get intimate with the crowd.

If the hope is to get the record out in the spring, will that be accompanied by pretty heavy touring?

Yeah, that’s the plan. I’d like to either hop on an act’s tour as an opener or get my own tour together. Either way, I plan on being very busy next year. That, and I’m going to travel to a lot of radio stations and meet all those guys, play some songs for them and kind of do it all. So it’s going to be a very busy year. I definitely want to get out on the road. I have not been playing as much as I’m used to. So it’ll be nice to get out there and play.

Anything else you want to talk about?

As far as the EP goes, I’d like to reiterate how excited I am to have it out there and to have people listening to it. It charted really well when it came out. It debuted at No. 10 overall on iTunes, which is really exciting. It’s just nice to see that people are ready for music. I’m glad it’s out there. I wish I could have gotten the full-length out sooner, but I think everything happens for a reason. It’ll happen next year.