Listen to the new song from Joey Panzarella – Letters in My Mailbox
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am from Fairport Harbor, Ohio, a one-square mile village about 20 miles east of Cleveland. In 2002, I moved to North Carolina for three reasons: my job, nice weather, and genuinely nice people. Southern hospitality really does exist.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
I am currently assembling a band to make a more full sound. Once that is complete, I will be playing shows in cities like Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC, Virginia Beach, VA, Daytona, FL, Nashville, TN, and Cleveland, OH. I am constantly writing and recording, so there is always new music to look forward to.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Letters in My Mailbox is a song about a girl from my past. When I wrote it, I often found myself waiting for her to call or pull up in my driveway. Of course she never did and all the phone calls and cars in my driveway were other people.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
To me, nothing is more important than lyrics and meaning. When I hear much of the popular music today, it seems that lyrics are no longer important and songs don’t have any meaning. When you listen to my songs, you can recall a time or situation from your life that you can relate to what I am writing about.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest challenge for me is getting my songs into the ears of more people. Each of my songs either tells an entertaining story or evokes an emotion that I think people could easily relate to. I want to share these stories and feelings with the world.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
When I was in the initial stages of becoming a songwriter, I was sending songs to people to critique. They would listen to the song and send me feedback. One of the reviewers said something to the effect of, “try to make your songs sound more like Nickleback.” It was almost enough to make me stop writing music, or even listening to music. Somehow I pushed through and continued to write music.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I have fronted several bands and part of that responsibility is making set lists for shows. What I learned over the years is this: you cannot make the set list for yourself. The songs on the list need to be songs that people react to. Artists need to be careful of putting their opinions and feelings above the opinions of the crowd. Surely Bob Dylan is tired of playing Like a Rolling Stone, but the fact is, people love it and people want to hear it. He still plays that song at his live shows to this day.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
I suggest that we unite. I think of the Highwaymen, Traveling Wilburys, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Temple of the Dog and bands that were made up of musicians with similar styles and talents. Each time a band like this has been formed, solo careers were infused with new life and the products of the formations have been amazing.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
We are all using the internet and live shows to promote ourselves. My favorite way to promote my music is playing around a campfire in someone’s backyard. No setting is more intimate than sitting in a circle around a great campfire. It is easily my favorite. There is something about the energy of a circle and the collaboration with friends and family around the fire.