Father Interview with Josh Doughty of Funeral Parlor
Name: Josh Doughty
Bands: Funeral Parlor & Female Pedophile
Websites: funeralparlor.bandcamp.com & femalepedophile.bandcamp.com
QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a musician?
Josh – Sometime after high school.
QRD – What are a few highlights of your musical career?
Josh – I have been released on almost every playable medium to date from labels all over the world.
QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?
Josh – I planned on having a child after I was (then) married. At the time, it seemed appropriate. Again, after high school.
QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your family has had on your career?
Josh – I do not understand this question, but I will answer the best I can. Since starting a family, it has shown me what I truly want in life. That is to live. On the other hand, family comes before other pursuits so it’s hard to balance both perfectly.
QRD – Have your child effected the music you make &/or listen to?
Josh – My child has not. Maybe influence me to continue what I enjoy, but nothing else.
QRD – Do you think being involved in music has made your daughter different than her piers?
Josh – I want to say it has, but my daughter is at the age (almost 8) in her life where she just wants to do what her piers are doing. Perhaps she’s more open-minded than others.
QRD – Have you had problems with the lack of steady money from a musical career providing the security you feel necessary in your household?
Josh – Like a high percentage of musicians, we all have normal jobs. However, albums do make things easier financially (believe it or not).
QRD – Given the limitations having a family has on being a touring musician, would you have toured more earlier in life if you’d known?
Josh – I’m a homebody. I don’t think I could see myself touring before a kid either. Now, if I’m asked, I ask myself “is this justifiable?”
QRD – Do you think being a father or a musician has a greater impact on your community?
Josh – I would say both would pose a positive impact on anyone’s scene/community. It shows that anyone can do what they are willing to accomplish in life.
QRD – Would you rather see your daughter eventually becomes a musician or parent?
Josh – As long as my kid is happy & understands what she wants, she can do as she wishes.
QRD – Both family & music seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in. How do you end up dividing your time?
Josh – I am a divorced parent with a six hour driving distance between us. Since she is in school, I can only see her on school holidays. When I do see her, the music stops. When I’m unable to see her all the time, I stay in the studio. Perhaps that’s the only way I can currently do both.
QRD – What does your daughter think of your music?
Josh – She is half & half on it. A few years ago, she thought it was scary. More recently, she called my music weird, but has completely accepted/become interested in what I do.
QRD – Do you think you could ever do a musical project with your children?
Josh – If she asked, I would be down. We actually made a tape once where she sang & I played music. I wish I could find it.
QRD – Any words of advice to young people?
Josh – Make the right decisions because they will affect your whole life. If you don’t, adapt.
QRD – Anything else?
Josh – Thanks for the questions. Never been asked these before.