Dr. Martens Presents: Music and Films Series with Cautious Clay

According to New York-based songwriter Cautious Clay, “creative people run this entire world.” 


Dive into the psyche of Joshua Karpeh, AKA Cautious Clay, in Dr. Martens Presents: Music and Film Series latest episode of their Film and Music Series. Directed by the incredible Gabriel Gomez, this latest installment explores Josh’s drive to create as he’s navigated through the twists and turns of this year.


Amidst the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement becoming a huge headline again, Josh explains the complicated mix of emotions that this year triggered. The fear and hopelessness that followed these events became a source of inspiration for the young creative. Rather than giving into the world coming to a halt, Josh prioritized using his music to make a difference. Realizing the power in his own vulnerability, Cautious Clay was moved to write some of the most raw music of his career 


During such unprecedented circumstances, he spent a few months in the countryside as the pandemic and quarantine regulations hit back in March. A Cleveland native and current resident of NYC, this city dweller’s adjustment turned out to have an incredibly creative outcome. Josh shares that some of his favorite songs from the upcoming album were written during his remote quarantine that lasted March to August. 


Witnessing the turmoil and darkness that ensued after George Floyd’s killing, Josh describes this time in his life as “mentally exhausting.” However, the struggle of this year has only fueled his activism. Cautious Clay has used the power of his music to raise money for Black Visions Collective and COVID relief funds. 


Witness this incredibly thoughtful performer and songwriter live on Dr. Marten’s Instagram live on Sunday, December 20th at 1 PM PST. 




photo by: Alice Plati