"I was five years old", says Josephine, "and as cliché as it may sound, was a typical little Brooklyn New York girl, bouncing around, hairbrush in hand, singing along to Madonna, when my sister and cousins would come barreling through my bedroom door to make fun of me!"
Ten years of gymnastics and singing later, along with a big move to rural Pennsylvania..."My life revolved around gymnastics, acting classes and singing..." she states, her bedroom was now a high school auditorium, where she sang in several musical productions, only no one was making fun of her this time. Her musical tastes had grown also as she listened to No Doubt, Nirvana and STP. "I loved Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/Audioslave's voice" she says, as well as rock gods like Freddy Mercury of Queen!
"Singing at my High School graduation ceremony was a thrill for my mom, she knew this was all I wanted to do, so college classes soon followed.
Meeting Professor Terry Flatt, her first semester at East Stroudsburg University, was a pivotal moment in Josephine's vocal career. "He pushed me in a different direction" she explains, "He only allowed me to sing opera to understand the full range and capacity of my voice. He taught me proper breathing techniques and helped me to see my voice as a delicate yet powerful instrument. I learned to appreciate other serious pop vocalists like Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Enya."
She then headed toward New York City, where she sang with several groups before finally falling in the hands of We3Kings, a music production company comprised of three individuals, Seven, Walter and Bill Brandt, based out of New Jersey at the time.
" Those guys really cared for me, not just as a business venture, but as a human being, and led me through some serious soul searching over the next two years. They gave me the room and support to let me grow as an artist. Unfortunately, band members (as well as relationships) came and went, but sticking together, the boys and myself honed my voice and sound to what it is today. It's been magic working with these three. It has been such an incredible ride, with so many great memories and many more to come."
During this creative process, We3kings moved their studios out to L.A., Josephine packed two suitcases and followed. "L.A. had such a different vibe from N.Y.C., the music scene was so diverse and I jumped from club to club." she explained. But finding the right players was difficult until she met a fellow east-coaster named Josh.
Josh was raised in Connecticut. "I have always been into music," Josh muses, "my sisters and Mom exposed me to it at a young age, and introduced me to artists like James Taylor and David Bowie. I sang in choirs when I was six and according to my Mom, didn't want to hold the music (I was the only one on stage with no sheet music) because I had it all memorized and it was pointless to hold it!" His mom's classical guitar was always lying around and he would fool around with it, but it wasn't until he was sixteen that he took it seriously. "I had a friend who played drums, so we started jamming," he remembers," I messed around for a while, was getting much better, and realized how much I really loved it!"
Josh studied college level harmony and theory in high school and went to college to study guitar. “Then I came out to California to attend the L.A. Music Academy," he smiles, adding “I was one of two students chosen to represent the school on a tour of Costa Rica!"
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“L.A. is a very difficult city for musicians because there are so many people trying to accomplish the same goal you are. It’s real easy to get burnt out, but you just need to keep pushing on. It’s music, what else would I do?”
When Josh met Josephine he was introduced to Seven, Walt and Bill from We3Kings and was quickly made a member of the band. While at the LA Music Academy, he heard drummer Matthieu practicing in one of the labs.
He remembers, “hearing him and I knew that this was a guy who knows how to lay it down and that he had to be in our band.”
Matthieu was born in Caen, France; situated in Normandy, which is famous for it’s beaches. He started playing drums at 9 years old and became instantly hooked. He says, “as soon as I took my stick in hit the drum I was an addict.” He studied intensely for 10 years while playing and recording with French bands like Creep A.C. “We recorded 2 albums in Switzerland and played with guys like Iggy Pop and Ben Harper. It was such a great time for me.”
He continued his studies when he arrived in Pasadena, California to go to the LA Music Academy. “I knew America was the place to be because all my influences like Paul Bostaph (Slayer), Tommy Lee (Motley Crüe), Jimmy Degrasso (Suicidal Tendencies/Megadeth), Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai), and Danny Carey (Tool) were from there.” While studying in LA he met Josh (outside a practice lab), who then invited him to audition for Full Blown Rose. The moment he played, Matthieu was accepted. Auditioning alongside Matthieu was Pete Boskovich.
Pete had been playing for 10 years while growing up in Salt Lake Utah. “I played in many cool bands, but felt that I needed to broaden my musical abilities and LA was the place to do that. I worked my ass off at the LA Music Academy and came away from it having achieved what I set out to do.” He is a guy who has always had strong beliefs, such as, “Mr. Bungle owns everyone and John Coltrane should have been President.”
Half way through his year at the school he hooked up with drummer Matthieu and guitarist Josh who made him aware of the auditions. After only a few days of hearing the songs Pete went in and nailed it. The band practiced brutally hard and hit the road two weeks later.