*Josh and JB Welch are two remarkable young people. They have already captured the attention of the television industry, having starred in their own show, “Josh and JB In The Industry,” a show that aired in 140 markets in the U.S. last year and was syndicated on CBS and ABC and aired in 29 countries.
“It starts with me and my younger brother Josh,” said JB, which is short for John Bronson. “Basically the dynamic of that was two brothers who are making their way in the music industry and it shows from us being in our house to travelling all over the states like to L.A. New York, and Hawaii. The next season (for tentative release in the fall) is going to be fun.”
The Welch family, which has resided in a small town in East San Diego County, Jamul, is the pride of the city. The brothers, with their sister Courtney, a champion horse rider, grew up with a fine sense of musicality.
“The family dynamic is really great because we’re all musically oriented,” said Josh.”Courtney used to play violin, I play bass guitar, JB plays guitar and we all do a little bit of keyboards, so we’ve always been able to throw together some little songs and stuff and have a lot of fun with it.”
But how is working with family members musically? “He’s my older brother,” said Josh on working with JB “It’s a lot of fun working with JB.” Working together as a family, however seems to make the music even more special.
“It’s really our roots,” said Josh.”It’s really great getting into music, to express yourself through music and you can write something that’s original. I think it’s just great to incorporate that into our show(TV), because that’s what we’ve been trying to do for so long, really getting our music out there so other people can hear it. I think it’s a great thing.”
Josh has listened to and inspired by some of the best bass players and performers of our time.
“There’s a lot of oldies out there. Bootsy Collins is really awesome. I’ve listened to a lot of old rock bands, too. There’s Victor Wooten, too (best known for his playing in the group Bela Fleck and The Flecktones.) JB likes a lot of the classic guitar bands and rockers. “I love Van Halen, Hendrix, Dimebag Darryl and Lenny Kravitz inspired me a little with his technique.”
The young musicians started at an early age and realized they had the desire and talent to succeed. Josh started playing music at 10, and JB started, on the piano at the tender age of 9 and guitar at 14.
“That was the one instrument I got hooked on and I started singing shortly after that,” said JB. “I tried it and I basically liked it. So that’s basically what I do now is sing and play guitar.”
But there’s more to JB than music. The seemingly calm, centered JB holds a black belt in martial arts weapons. He’s one of only three Samurai in martials arts in the U.S. and traveled to Japan to be taught by one of the masters of the art.
“I studied with one of the grandmasters, I was actually taught by one of the defenders for the Samurai,” he explains. “He’s 97 years old now. He was really inspirational, he has a lot of knowledge.”
Josh and JB are working on their new project, which includes their hot new release “Dance Floor,” scheduled for imminent release.
“We’ve worked with some well known producers that have helped us along with it,” he said. Among the people that they collaborated with that helped them with their latest project include Tim Myers, formerly of One Republic, a writer for national advertising campaigns, including Target and Andrew (Drew) Lane, who produced the B5 version of the song “Get’Cha Head In Da Game,” on the “High School Musical” movie soundtrack and also co-produced and arranged B5’s “Shining Star” on Disney’s “Hannah Montana Soundtrack” CD and has worked with P Diddy. That single achieved double platinum status in less than 10 weeks on the Billboard 200 charts. With those producers and others, their upcoming release will be a smash. “It’s a huge production going on and we feel the song’s going to be a hit,” said JB. Josh feels that the chemistry was great in working with Myers.”It was like a couple of best friends in the studio working on a great project,” said Josh. “It really was fun. We connected in a lot of ways. He was down to earth and we look forward to working with him in the future.”
The young artists also have a refined sense of the music business industry. After all, they started their own record label, Junior Records, two years ago, when JB was 18 and Josh a mere 14 years old, which made them at the time, the youngest record executives in the industry.
“It all started out with an idea, just listening to one day and really wanting to get involved with that kind of thing and figuring out how it was done and produce it so it can get out on the air waves and stuff, “said Josh. “So working on that was really a great project to do and you can see a lot of that on the TV show.”
As you may know, starting a record label can be expensive and on the first season of their show (Josh and JB In The Industry) JB reveals their unorthodox way of raising funds.
“On the TV show in the first season, you’ll see that my sister-she’s a Champion Show rider,” he said. “And those horses, if they’re a champion, they can go anywhere from like 20,000 to 400,000 dollars. So what we did while my sister was on vacation, we kind of sold the horse to somebody to try to get a down payment up.” Josh made sure to let us know it was a temporary measure. “We got it back to her of course after we got the money to buy it back, so long story short, everything’s good now,” explained Josh, laughing. “I was mad at them at the time, but they got it back,” said Courtney. But how did they make it up to her? “They got me a new saddle,” laughed Courtney.
The Josh and JB In the Industry show is tentatively scheduled to be aired again in fall of 2010 for network TV.
“It’s filmed on location at our house, and shows what we do in our free time and all our talents and hobbies, so yes, I guess you’d call it reality,” explained JB when asked if the show is in the category of reality series.
But the young men will soon have to figure out all the success that inevitably will come their way. They always perform to screaming audiences and the public loves them.
“The audience really connects with us,” said Josh. And they should. After all, they are the next teen sensation. Visit their website at www.joshandjb.com.