“The best way to promote is to turn off your ego and build relationships with everyone from social media to the streets.”
Check out the interview with Joey Capo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Joey Capo: It was when I went to school at Barry University in Miami, FL that I actually wanted to start creating my own music. After moving back to my hometown in Pennsylvania, I bought a cheap USB mic and downloaded a free trial of Sony Acid, the recording software, as my first home studio. I remember hanging up blankets around my desk and microphone, recording anything I wrote.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote is to turn off your ego and build relationships with everyone from social media to the streets. So many artists, I feel, don’t want to connect with other artists because that other artist or person doesn’t have a huge following.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
In my music career I want to be a role model for the people who can relate to being put in a box for being different. I’m not just talking music artists either, I’m talk about every person in the world who has a dream that they want to make a reality. I want to show those ambitious people that anything is possible, that all you have to do is believe you can do it.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing in this music business is finding respect. So many people who listen to music always look for the first thing wrong because the listeners in this world can’t listen with an open mind. The problem with people is they listen to how you make the music instead of listening to the music you made.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The music scene is broad. You have the underground rappers, singers, and some producers. I hope to be that staple sound to come out of my hometown. Living in Bethlehem’s great because it is very diverse. It’s cool because I’m in the middle of NYC, New Jersey, and Philly. You really get a lot of different styles of music in throughout the valley.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay patient with the work you want to put out, drop the egos, be humble to new people you meet, and chase your passion for music to the max. When you chase your passion, and not the fame, you reach a higher level of success a lot quicker. With that great passion, the fame will come your way without you even trying for it.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
One highlight so far in my career was meeting up with Lenny S., the SVP of A&Rs for Roc Nation. Being able to chop it up with him and playing my music for him to hear all the positives in my music.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my family. Being Italian and growing up in an Italian household family was always a big thing to me. A lot of my music derives from things I could give my family once I make it. Seeing the stress they may go through in their lives motivates me to make the best music I can so can ease that stress with my own success.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes I do. You just have to be able to roll with the punches everyday knowing today can always be better than yesterday. So when having that mind set you can only get better and closer to your own goals or dreams in your own life.