Clutter Pours Heart into Music

Singer/Songwriter Josh Clutter played at The Encore in the Dreyfus University Center on Friday, Jan. 30 to share his music.

Music has been an integral part of Clutter’s life since childhood.

“I had a lot of time on my hands and no hobbies, so I picked up a guitar when I was 11 years old and just poured hours and hours into it,” Clutter said. “It became my thing. When I was 14 or 15, that’s when I said ‘I want to be in a band, I want to do this for a living.’ Going on tour became my daydream, and I daydreamed about it every day until I was 18. Music has always, undoubtedly, been my career path.”

Clutter planned to attend college for music but was given an opportunity to go on tour and record an album with a band around the same time. He followed through with the latter.

Clutter toured with this band for three years before breaking out on his own two years ago to write and record his own songs.

“My first gig as a singer/songwriter was at a coffee shop in Minneapolis about three years ago,” Clutter said. “They only paid me about $50 but I was like, ‘I’m getting paid to play my guitar. This is sweet. I’ve made it.’”

Josh Clutter. Photo by Allison Birr.

Clutter admitted it was nerve-wracking to transition from being a part of a band to going out on his own.

“My first show was atrocious,” Clutter said. “I was shaking because I was so nervous. It’s taken me a very long time to learn what to say and how to act on stage. I’m still figuring it out.”

When Clutter began writing, he focused on relationships and love.

“I think love songs are the entry-level for most singer/songwriters,” Clutter said. “Everyone goes through love, relationships and heartbreak, so it’s easy to write about because everyone can relate.”

Clutter expresses himself through music.

“I recently wrote a song called ‘Lonely’ that I released on Youtube,” Clutter said. “It’s probably the most honest song I’ve ever written. I really just poured my heart into that song.”

Clutter has released two EP albums and is writing a third.

“I think my third record is going to be a lot more acoustic driven,” Clutter said. “It’s going to have a lot more of a natural organic sound as opposed to a big, full band sound, or at least that’s what I’m thinking as of now.”


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