We had the good fortune of connecting with Joey Salvia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joey, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?

I wanted to share my songs, perform music for people, and travel. After doing just that for over a decade with various bands and indie labels, I branched off into a radio career. This led me to having a role in the recent podcast boom. I can’t say that all of my work involves creativity at this point of my career but, I make it a priority to remain creative each day. It’s very easy to fall into a “cookie cutter” life. Especially, regarding technology but, I’m always thinking of ways to challenge myself as to keep that creative spirit alive.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I write songs, record albums, and perform live. My most recent album was written, recorded, and released while in quarantine in May of 2020. It’s a song cycle about the pandemic, life, and my feelings about social injustice and politics. It’s called, The Mediocre Rise & Fall of Sal Velour. I also have a new single out, Gemini. All of my music can be found online. Spotify, Amazon, Apple, etc. Most of my days (and nights) are spent producing podcasts, radio features, and videos for others. These projects involve audio/video editing, voice over, music composition, mixing, mastering, publishing, and even producing additional content. You can get a better idea of the work I do and the services I offer by visiting my website.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

My social life has been limited to video conferences due to the global pandemic. Aside from a few outdoor shows and private events, I’ve mostly been home with my family. 2020 was a rough year for the service industry to say the least. My favorite local spots aren’t even open for business. When a friend does visit on occasion, we simply order in.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

I’d like to shoutout my mother and my aunt. They bought me my first guitar, bass, microphone, keyboard, and 4 track when I was a kid. Their gifts gave me the tools to teach myself how to play, record, and perform music. Without them, it would’ve been difficult to grow as a songwriter, musician, artist, audio engineer, and producer. These skills were essential to my ability to make a living throughout my life. Many others were there for me along the way but, too many to shoutout here. They all know who they are, and I appreciate them. Thank you!

Website: www.joeysalvia.com
Twitter: @joeysalvia
Youtube: @joeysalvia
Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6feGDOt3VpyadgHR9SxwOa?si=eN1D8V8mS2COVEMSqbMGsA

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