With the revival of the High School Musical series, Disney+ brought in exciting new faces, storylines, and music into High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Joshua Bassett portrays Ricky Bowen, a guitarist who is unenthusiastic about being cast as Troy Bolton in the musical. Joshua's performance is a very promising start to his career as he presents to the world not only with his acting abilities but his musical talent as well. He’s honest and raw voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar create songs that remind you of warm and easy Sunday mornings. Joshua accompanied us to chat about his HSM experience, using his platform to influence and inform, and his music career.
Joshua wears a green virgin wool-cotton blend tartan pattern blazer, Vivienne Westwood, slim-fit cotton corduroy trousers in off-white and shirt Z Zegna
Joshua wears a black belted short trench coat, Saint Laurent, black wool turtleneck and pants, Saint Laurent.
High School Musical has become quite the cult classic with a number of projects spinning from the franchise spanning television, video games, and live theatrical productions. In late 2019, Disney+ released the first season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; yet another installment of the beloved franchise. One of the castmates showcasing immense talent and star power is Joshua Bassett. Joshua sat with us at Mood for an interview to talk about the show, his artistry, and what we can look forward to from him as he progresses deeper into his career.
Joshua plays Ricky Bowen, a guitarist and skateboarder. As with the other shows in the franchise, these characters are dealing with issues surrounding friendship, relationships, and getting through difficult times. Through this role he has been able to expand his opportunities, one of his favorite aspects of the show. “The show has opened up so many doors as it was the first opportunity to be, you know, an official songwriter,” he explained.
Bassett recently signed to Warner Music Group, a major player on the music scene, boosting his credibility and relevance in the field. Though his dreams are coming true, he finds there are setbacks to the collaborative effort. “I’m fortunate to have such a wonderful team. I respect them so much, but they're also very strongly opinionated, as am I. So, there's a lot of times we kind of butt heads because I want it this way and they’re like, “We’ve been doing this for 20 years— we’re doing our way.” I’m like, “Wow.” There is a lot of give and take. It can be stressful, especially when I want to hone in on my own gut feelings, but I listen to the people who've been doing it forever because it seems to work.”
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Photography: Anthony Giovanni
Fashion: Edwin J. Ortega
Grooming: Mira Chai Hyde
Words: Kris Welcome
Interview: Will Heffernan