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Q: Tell us the brief history of your band or musical career.
A: I started playing guitar at a very young age. By the time I was in my early teens I was performing in-front of audiences. I stopped performing for many years but always missed it. In my late 20s I got hooked on blues music and started jamming with people and took some lessons. It led me to starting a blues band. My skills and then song writing abilities continued to grow. Until this day I push myself to be better and I am enjoying working with my current band very much.
Q: What album has had the greatest impact on your life as a musician?
A: Eric Claptons…From the Cradle. I always liked blues. This album started my LOVE of the blues.
Q: What’s your favorite accomplishment as a musician thus far?
A: Writing and recording my last album. Just Me and My Innocent Self. I feel the songs are my strongest to date. Plus I put the work in with my recording engineer Scott Nowak to get the production quality top notch.
Q: What's new in the recording of your music? How has your music changed over the years?
A: Like anything I believe with practice comes proficiency. So just through composing and writing more songs I believe I’ve grown to where I can put some really good stuff together. I love to perform my songs and watch people dance or sing along.
Q: What inspires you to write the music you write? What made you want to play the instrument you play?
A:I’m inspired by everyday things I see, hear or feel. I’ve written love songs and I’ve written my break up songs. Sometimes its just a thought or a feeling that inspires me.
Q: What are your biggest obstacles as a musician?
A: I still work a 40 hour a week job. So time to commit to music is limited.
Q: Are you available for private parties? If so how would someone contact you about booking?
A: I am available for private parties. I live and work out of Arizona so right now its only viable to work in the Southwest. www.innocentjoe.com has a contact page. Or direct at 480-440-5378.
Q: How does music affect you and the world around you?
A: Music in general is very therapeutic for me. I love listening to many genres. I’m one of those people that often listen to the instrumentation a little more than the words. Or the rhythms. I get lost in rhythm. At concerts I often can’t take my eyes off the drummer. So the texture of a song or the musical feeling of a song is often what catches my ear. Although some carefully crafted lyrics can be inspiring. Dawes comes to mind. Or on the whimsical side of things Mose Allison.
Q: If you could change anything about the music industry today, what would it be?
A: Keeping in mind that everything is quickly changing to digital and streaming, It would be great if streams or sales paid more to the artist. I think most people would be surprised to hear how little the profits are.
Q: What's next for your band ?
A: I am fully booked for the first half of 2020. Later in the year I plan on carving out some time to plan my next recording. I have an idea to do a live studio recording with a mix of some of my early songs and some brand new ones. My last release was acoustic based and I’m gonna do some electric guitar blues material next. It will be ALL blues!