Like his music, Cautious Clay [real name: Joshua Karpel] has taken a bit of a kitchen-sink approach to life in his 28 years. A degree in international affairs, work in real estate and advertising, classical training in saxophone and flute (which he whips out here on his ACL video). Hip-hop, r&b and pop all boil down to make his music career, which took off when his debut single “Cold War” garnered over a million streams. Still unsigned, Clay released his debut album, “Deadpan Love“, this summer, and is mulling his options while planning a major American tour in 2022. He attributes his success to -no lie – his mom, and her eclectic tastes and wide-ranging record collection.
Here he is performing “Wildfire” for our cameras backstage at the 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park.
Cameras and Edit: Michael Minasi; Edit Michael Minasi; Audio Mix: Jake Perlman; Producer: Deidre Gott
Musicians: Josh Karpeh: vocals, flute; Chris Kyle, guitar
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