Artist Name: Joel Henry Little
Song Title: Spuyten Duyvil
Release Date: 08/24/18
Joel Henry Little – Spuyten Duyvil
Joel Henry Little is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter from New York City. He has been writing and self-producing his eclectic brand of indie folk-pop since the age of 12, honing his craft over years of dedicated work, always recording from his bedroom. His songs often feature broad, expansive arrangements and complex, emotional lyrics, paired with beautiful, catchy, though often unusual melodies. “Spuyten Duyvil,” his newest album, was released on August 24th from Paris-based label Life is a Minestrone Records. It takes its name from Joel’s Bronx neighborhood, where he’s lived for the past 5 years. He takes as inspiration on this album the mythology and complex character of the area, along with the tumultuous experiences he’s had since moving there.
Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.
The most important factor is a personal connection, one must give the impression that the audience is not only there as a prop, but as an active participant in this communion. Eye contact, confidence, good songs, and humor are all necessary.
Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.
Music is the only thing I’ve ever truly loved – it’s what gives my life meaning. If I were to stop, I’d die.
Discuss your experience as an artist.
I search for the truth, and then I mess it up. Some people enjoy this.
Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
Not starting sooner.
Discuss the story behind the song.
This song is an impressionistic portrait of the Bronx neighborhood of Spuyten Duyvil, from the drowning of trumpeter Antony Van Corlear to the 2013 Metro-North train derailment. Some other lyrics concern events of a more personal nature, and as such, shan’t be divulged here.
Tell us how to fund a music project.
Keep it cheap!
Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.
Be yourself, no one else will.
Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.
It’s not a matter of improvement or change, but refinement 😉
Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.
Tea, lemon, honey, warmups, rest.
Discuss your best mood during a performance.
Feeling as though I’ve transcended my prison of self and in doing so have truly known another person.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Joel Henry Little – it’s my given name.
List your best artists with reasons.
Joanna Newsom – The greatest songwriter, living or otherwise.
Joni Mitchell – She is truly unparalleled in her bravery and fearlessness, she’s my idol.
Stephen Sondheim – What can I say that hasn’t already been said better by the man himself? We are all truly operating in his shadow.
Dirty Projectors – Longstreth’s music just moves me like none other’s, physically and intellectually.
Richard Dawson – The closest thing I’ve experienced to truly a spiritual, angelic, and unearthly form of art, outside of Joanna Newsom.
Discuss your existence as an artist.
Pretty much the same as my experience as an artist!
Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing society and the solution.
Income inequality, global warming, and the inexorable resurgence of fascist ideologies in our politics – if I or anyone else knew how to fix it, it would have never gotten this bad in the first place.