Taking Atlantic City by storm, John Demko (Bass/Vocal) and Joe Straczynski (Saxophone) have pioneered their own twist on Jamband music- The WORLD’S Heaviest Jamband!
John and Joe went to college together and have traditionally played for personal fulfillment. We cover a roller-coaster of topics in this episode including having realistic goals, the value of music, the insane ground-up promotion process, if musician compensation is fair, and of course, who among them smells the worse!
Here are the highlights of my conversation with John and Joe:
- Their favorite pieces of equipment and those they simply can’t do without (12:19)
- Their ultimate long term goals and where they see themselves in the future (18:30)
- What music means to them and how important this is in each of their lives (21:10)
- Lessons they learned in the past which resonated with them the most (25:15)
- Their thoughts about Spotify and other free streaming sites and if musicians are really getting what they deserve (28:30).
Jam on, dudes.
- Music from 1930’s and 1940’s, classic rock
- Eddie Van Halen
- John Williams
- Dave Russell
- Marcin Dylla
- Joe Pass
- Caro Emerald
- Lake Street Dive
- Freak Kitchen
- Frank Zappa
- Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal
- Dream Theater
One hour to create something, with anyone…
- John: It would be playing a free form jam with Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.
- Joe: Getting to play with Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Art Tatum.
To defeat Godzilla with their talents…
- “We will tell George, our guitarist, to do it or outsource it to the other two members of the group. I (John) will supervise for Shawn to do metal blast speeds and Godzilla will not like the altissimo that Joe will be playing.”
World’s Heaviest Advice…
- Music is awesome because you can watch yourself become better.
- If you take music away, it will just be an empty existence.
- At the end of the day, it helps to know somebody no matter how talented you are.
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