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MSM MEETS JOSIE MAN

The South-East Londoner Josie Man’s sweet melodies are ringing in the spring season on a

high note. The 22-year-old singer/songwriter recently released ‘Cuts & Bruises’ - a subtle

love song dedicated to her boyfriend.


Man’s personality radiates via her sweet melodies and her social media presence. Even though we conversed screens apart, MSM felt her warmth and noted her free spirit. If you are looking for older sisterly advice, look no further because Josie’s music is full of wise words and pep talks to boost your self-love as well as loving those around you. Man spoke to MSM about the past year’s confinements, her mental health, and her music.



Tell us about your days in lockdown and what helps you get through them.


At the beginning of lockdown, I had a routine like do this do that, but now I just take it day

by day. I make sure I get a couple of things done in a day: mediate or write things down etc.

However, I don’t have an order because once I have an order, I don’t want to do it anymore.

So, I just make sure that even if it’s 7 pm, I have a deep breath and just write something

down. 


I think we’ve all had our fair share of bad days, but what does mental health mean to

you?


I think it means just being stable within yourself and not having to lean on other people. 


What has been the hardest thing for you during these periods of isolation? 


I think it was when they kept on having all these new lockdowns – things felt like they were

getting worse especially with all these tiers. Having to adapt quickly and rules about what

you can and can’t do sets me back. You feel like you can’t do anything because you’re

obviously not in charge of everything, so it’s almost like you’re not going to be heard. It’s

just annoying when you want everyone and everything to be okay, but it just feels like it’s

getting worse. Now, it looks like things are getting more positive, and even if it isn’t at least

it’s going to be sunny. 


What will be the first thing you’ll do after lockdown?


My whole family and I will probably have a party/BBQ in the garden with friends. I have a

massive family so we haven’t been able to do anything, so I really just can’t wait for that. 


I know you’re really into spirituality. What are your go-to rituals that help you the

most?


I love to sage my room and I like to visualise; I always visualise all the negative energy going

away with the smoke. And I sleep with my crystals. I also love to write things down and burn

them to release it all. 

 

You have a passion for both fashion and music, but if you could only pick one to do for

the rest of your life which would it be?


I think it would have to be music. But if I actually had to pick, I don’t think I’d be able to. I

love them both so much.

 

How would you describe your music and the message behind your lyrics to someone

who has never listened to it before?


I think my music is just me - but in a music form. I want to make people happy with my

songs for however long it is and to just be truthful. I don’t want to make it all about being

something but more about understanding that you’re already enough the way you are. 

 

With all this free time to reflect, has there been something you’ve learnt about yourself

that you’ve never known before? 


During the middle of the last lockdown, I was having a bit of a hard time and I realised that it

was me that was making myself feel like this. When you realise you’re in control of your

thoughts, you can switch them to anything you want. I learnt that things just happen and it’s

fine, it doesn’t matter. So, instead of thinking ‘everything happens to me’ you just have to

realise you learnt something from that experience and now you can move on. Also, learning

to say no to things that make you feel uncomfortable. I used to think that saying no made me

look lazy and rude, but in reality, it’s just because I didn’t want to do it and that’s okay.

 

What are you most excited about in the future? Any coming projects that you can tell us

about? 


I’m excited to sing live and just being around people, speakers and loud music. There’s

nothing better than loud music and just having the best time ever. I miss that a lot. 

 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?


That love can heal you. If you send loving thoughts to an area - it will literally heal you. Love

is the biggest healer ever. So, you should spread love, not hate.


The music video to Josie Man's new single 'Cuts & Brusies' is out now!




Words by Isabella Jaramillo