As the saturated synths rise behind the lyrics “Just take your stamp off my design” on Josie Pace’s driving single, “Battleground,” we immediately understand this is not an artist who is weak when abandoned. Instead, this Detroit artist’s music represents a piece of her solitude. The blistering glow of downtempo post-industrial beats, electro-pop melodies and layered soundscapes are home to Josie’s captivating lyrics; she is a songwriter in the purest sense. The result is a pulsating sound that can haunt you with vulnerability while basking in Josie’s world of self-reflection and refusal to compromise.
When Detroit musician and producer Ken Roberts was blown away by a video of Josie performing on Facebook, he knew he had to work with her. The two started working together with Josie’s songs as the foundation. Roberts’ unique production style and his ability to create dark beats with grinding synths complimented Josie’s voice well. Soon the songs started to take on a life of their own and the collaboration evolved quickly as they released the singles Torn, Crispy Lovely, When Will I Win, Battleground, My Mistake, and Red Lips Like Tenth.
From the beginning, the style and art of the music was just as important as the melody and beat. Josie’s first music video “Torn” introduced audiences to her unique style of electronic rock and visual artistry. The follow up video “Battleground” features Josie performing with Roberts and drummer Mark Damian, who also back Josie in the live sets. Josie’s third video “My Mistake” features Detroit artist Satori Circus as Josie’s “conscience” taunting her as she contemplates the mistakes that come back to haunt her.
New music releases and video are planned for the near future.