Former Paramore guitarist returns with solo album

Josh Farro believes he was created to make music as he discussed his return to the industry after a lengthy hiatus after he quit Paramore.

A co-founder of the hugely successful group, guitarist Farro walked away when he was still aged just 23.

Expressing feelings of burn-out and disillusionment, coupled with a fiery blast at his label and Paramore singer Hayley Williams, saw Farro spent five years in the musical wilderness.

But now he is back in the game and as he tells The Tennessean, he simply answered a calling which was impossible to ignore.

 “Once I left Paramore, I swore to myself I wouldn't start another band or join another one,” says Farro.

“I was like, 'I'm done.' I was just so tired.”

Fully rejuvenated, refreshed and hungry again, Farro is back with his first solo album, ‘Walkways’ which he has released under the name FARRO. Now a singer/songwriter as well as a guitarist, Farro is happy again.

“I was talking to a friend of mine who said, 'Eventually, at some point, you're just going to have to sing yourself.' I was like, 'No, I'm not a singer. I don't see myself doing that.' ... Time went on, and I said, 'All right, maybe I should give it a shot,’” he explains.

 “You find parts of your voice that you like, and over time, with experience, it just comes naturally. I totally believe that I was created to play music, to write it and perform it, so I have to find a way to do it.”

Now Farro is free from the pressures of a major label, his priorities and targets have changed, but he still aspires to be the best he can be.

He says: “If I can provide for my family by doing what I love, to me, that's success,” he says. “I’m not trying to top the charts. I mean, I would be down to (top the charts), but my goal is to make music and art that people love just as much as I do. That will make me happy.

“I’m super blessed. I've been to so many countries and met so many awesome people," he adds. "We played rock shows to thousands of people. I mean, who can say that? It's an honor.”