Music was always an integral part of Josh McCausland's work. He started playing trumpet at 13, then guitar at 16. As a filmmaker, one of his favorite parts of the process was sending the picture lock to a composer. In 2018, he got the itch to try it himself. He taught himself how to play the piano, and started recording what he called “Opus” pieces. He built on the momentum following his release ‘Opus 23’, with his a new single ‘Opus 30’, a calming and contemplative piece that quickly reached over 4,000,000 streams on Spotify.
In 2020, he announced the release of his 15 track album, 'Fearful Continuity'. His brother Carter Wessel did the animation for the release video 'Discerning Rationalization', his close friend Ramone mastered the album, and the talented tattoo artist and illustrator Artifix Lux designed the album art. "This is my second full studio album, and it’s a project that I hold very near and dear to my heart.", says Josh. "The album name and title, Fearful Continuity, originated from the idea of going into something new, but being afraid of the past repeating itself. It was a personal dive into my past, present, and future, to examine what I'm doing with the information I've collected along the way."
All proceeds of the album were ultimately donated to the Black Lives Matter movement. "I can’t fathom the uphill battle of being mistreated or even murdered because of the color of my skin. I greatly respect the strength and resiliency of the Black community. I stand firmly with the movement. I hope through this album, I am able to contribute my talents in this small way."
Josh continues to compose music for films in his free time. "It's exciting to not know what you're getting into sometimes. I love seeing the picture lock for the first time and hearing the music in my head before I even start playing."
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