Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
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Next in the hot seat is Los Angeles-based Americana folk-pop singer-songwriter Joseph Eid. We have had the privilege to cover Joseph Eid here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with him, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music. Trust us, you’ll want to keep your eyes on him.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
I like to call my genre “folk pop”. Those were my two biggest influences and so my music is their baby. It’s folkie in sound and lyrics and also has catchy hooks and engaging pop melodies. I was raised mostly in the suburbs of Manhattan and lived in the city for 8 years before moving to Los Angeles. New York City is the place that sparked my career as an artist and it was in my little studio apartment in the. East Village where I wrote my first songs and recorded my first demos, etc and practiced my guitar playing.
As an artist, how do you define success?
I define success as being a master of your craft. Commercial success is nice, but if you are not obsessed with being the best artist you can be and adding value to people’s lives, then the commercial success is empty and meaningless.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Getting my music played on larger platforms and radio. Seems that there is a lot of money and investment needed to have a shot at being played on radio stations, etc and running those campaigns. That’s the challenge. Getting the songs out there to people who are outside my own networks.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
“Watch It Fall.”
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Indigo Girls, Billy Joel, Prince, Madonna, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Suzanne Vega. Just to name a few.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I like to read. Reading inspires me and expands my mind while helping me form new concepts as a writer. Road trips and being in nature. That gives my mind space to also create and imagine, reflect on life and write from a deeper place.