Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and started playing rock & roll at the early age of 13. I am the oldest of 5 siblings. My father was in real estate and construction and my mother was from Scotland originally and was a homemaker.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
I have been playing rock & roll since I was 13 years of age. I formed my first band when I was 16 years old. We were called “OZ” and performed music from Led Zeppelin, Kansas, Neil Young, Charlie Daniel, Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, The Allman Brothers, and Bruce Springsteen.
I relocated to New York City in 1984. In New York, I founded an indie rock band called the Jury. We had limited success with our first EP release entitled “Shyboy” in 1988 (Kangaroo records).
I relocated to Vienna in May of 2000 and have been performing in various covert bands focusing on the music of Ray Charles, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and more recently Billy Joel.
Currently, I am promoting my own music with Joey Green Band here in Vienna. I am a prolific songwriter, lyricist and play piano, Hammond organ, and sing.
“Love, Love, Love” is Joey Green Band’s most recent offering.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
The idea was to create a song with a positive message to counter the negativity that surrounds us during the dark days. I want people to realize that in order to be happy, they need to “unlock” the love that is inside them—waiting to be tapped into.
At the end that is all that matters. There is no video yet, as the song is only 2 weeks old.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
We are serious about songwriting and performance being integral to the experience.
Real songwriting is a craft—not a process. It must start with an idea that has been sparked by some emotional feeling or experience.
Don’t lay down a track that you are not prepared to reproduce live (very important).
It is a very hard business and you have to believe in what you are trying to say. If you cannot do this, it is nearly impossible to maintain energy, focus, and stamina.
Most importantly, your art needs to satisfy yourself first, if it does not, then stop what you are doing and start over again. Paper is cheap.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
Joey Green Band is:
Joey Green—vocals/piano/Hammond organ
There is no video.
Produced by Joey Green
The song was recorded using the Logic Pro-X program.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
I have been pursuing a sustainable music career since 1984. So far I have had very limited success, mainly as a performance artist in various cover bands.
It has paid the bills (nearly). However, it is not emotionally nor artistically satisfying at all.
I have decided this coming year to focus 100% of my physical, emotional, and artistic energy on original music only.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
The ups and downs of life. The joy and the tragedy of it. Life is truly a magical thing. The fact that we exist at all is astounding!
Life is also fleeting and extremely delicate.
I want to reflect on this experience for as long as possible, for as long as time allows it.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Listen to your inner self and be honest about what you feel inside. Don’t be afraid to share it with people.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Appreciate your time here and remember what is really important to you.
Focus on the positive aspects of life and yet accept that there is also negativity you will need to contend with.
Make every moment count and don’t be afraid to create a reality for yourself that you can be happy with!
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Work hard, be fair and honest with yourself and others. Try not to be too self-confident or arrogant.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
So far in my career, my success has been limited. There is not really much that I could offer in the way of awards/recognition. However, I have had the chance to perform for very large audiences (as a cover artist mainly).
The energy and feedback I have received from these experiences have been extremely rewarding and keeps me going——especially when I feel like I am in a rut.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I often hear a melody in my head and when this happens, I usually sit at the piano, and then the text and music come together.
Afterward, I will record a piano /vocal demo and being the process of creating an arrangement for the band to dive into.
I create some music charts and then the band and I work it out in the practice room first.
If we are lucky, it comes together and then we take it out live and get it to a place where it feels settled.
Then it is time to record it.
Name the five biggest artists that you like.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
The day(s) my sons Patrick & Martin were born.
The day that John Lennon was murdered.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I would create a sort of investment fund in sustainable energy where the interest or profits from the million dollars would be spent yearly to create some sort of music scholarship for underprivileged musically gifted children to attend music school.