Interview: Joseph Whelan

Joseph Whelan is a singer songwriter who many may know from his appearance on The X Factor. The hunk, who became quite the fan favourite on the show for not only his talent but his looks too, has continued to release music and even secured a no1 rock single and album.

Joseph’s online presence keeps rocketing and he has numerous devoted fans and is a big hit with not only the females but the gay market too, especially after his naked shoot for the Terrence Higgins Trust charity.

Now part of rock band The Kontrast, we got to put some questions to the star below:

What is your first memory of music?
Watching my uncle who played Irish folk music on the accordian and sang…i idolised what he did from a young age.

How old were you when you started singing and at what point did you realise that you wanted to do it professionally?
I first sang when i was 10, but found my voice when i began playing guitar with bands at the age of 16, after touring with bands for those late teenage years i knew that was the life i wanted to live.

A lot of people will know you from The X Factor, are you glad you took part in the show?
Absolutely! The show gave me huge exposure and helped me secure a No1 Rock Single and Album.

What did you learn from your X Factor experience and would you recommend it to others?
The show is a huge roller coaster and is emotionally challenging, this got the better of me…if i could turn back time i would have held it together much more. I’d recommend that anyone auditioning doesn’t get caught up in that side of the show.

Do you still keep in contact with anyone from the show?
I do indeed although its far more occasional these days, Ella Henderson, Lucy Spraggan, Sam Bailey, Alex Buchanan…there are plenty, i made a lot of friends there.

You’ve recently released your self-produced and self-released album ‘The Kontrast’ how would you describe your sound?
The sound of this album is a mix of Rock/Pop, this album is a merge to my new project with my band ‘The Kontrast’ with whom I have recently recored the debut EP which will be my best sound to date…very modern, powerful and emotive.

What inspires you when writing your own music?
Experiences within my life and the life of those around me.

Where and when can fans see you live next?
I will next be touring with my band ‘The Kontrast’ dates are TBC but will announce on my Facebook page – joewhelanmusic

Who would be your dream collaboration?
Robert Plant – Led Zeppelin

What is your favourite shower/karaoke song?
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

You look in incredible shape and haven’t been afraid to show it off, what would you say is your best body part?
*Cough* *Cough* I guess my abs or arms, tend to get the most attention.

If you could change any part what would it be?
Perhaps my teeth, i’ve always had a bit of a complex but have also learned to accept myself for who i am.

What does the rest of 2016 have in store for you?
2016 will see the launch of my new band project ‘The Kontrast’, the release of our debut EP and Music Video Singles, all to be followed by tour dates.