This time, we get to know Joe Nanzer. His track "Love Potion #9" is now featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
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𝟭. Where are you from and what is your hobby?
Chicago, I love playing and writing music. I also enjoy building cigar box guitars and guitars as well. I also enjoy photography and video production.
𝟮. How did your get into music?
My siblings and I started taking music lessons at 8 years old. Our parents were very supportive of music and Arts in general. So I took guitar lessons for a few years and about the age of 15 I started learning through guitar world magazines, and started jamming with kids from school. Probably was 18 when I was in an actual band. Myself and three of my classmates had a band For a few years that just fizzled out after a few years everyone was graduating college and moving on. I moved on to play with another band for probably like 4 years after that. It just became too much of a hassle to try and keep track of who was coming and going in that band and what lineup it would be. Since then I took a year or two away from it, just played and wrote as a hobby. I have been back at it, mostly as a singer/songwriter solo performer.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
Clapton was the reason I wanted to play guitar. Other than that all the classics Hendrix, Zepplin, The Beatles. Have been really diving into folk music a lot, John Prine is awesome, but I can get down with anything.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
I would like to keep busy playing gigs and continue writing and recording. I like being realistic, so I would really like to just stay a working musician and make the best living I can at it.
5. If you could choose a location to perform at, what would it be?
I think it would be awesome to play at The Metro in Chicago. Or The Cubby Bear! But I have always dreamed of playing The Metro, I’ve seen so many awesome bands play there, Punk bands, metal bands, jam bands.
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
This one is always the hardest... if I had to choose I’d probably have to say Those thieving Birds by Silverchair. I love everything about the chill feeling and the orchestration on that song (and the rest of the album) is just awesome!
7. Most embarrassing moment?
So many... musical moment was probably playing a song at a gig and trying to figure out why I couldn’t hear my guitar that well. I then figured out it wasn’t plugged in.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
Paying bills with what I had made from playing gigs. It just made my goals seem more attainable. I’ve always had a job waiting tables (which I loath) and have always had money to pay for shit. I have recently stepped away from the restaurant industry to find something that would more suit my schedule and desire to be able to go out and play. But taking the cash I had from playing over the last month and a half just put a sense of realism. I’ve have been more motivated to go out and find places to book for gigs and for a long time I was always weird about my pricing and I realized not to be. It’s a service and most people ( especially now) love live music no matter what the act is.
9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?
I’m pretty much an open book, there isn’t a lot they don’t know about me. But my closest friend was surprised when I didn’t Bruce Springsteen. That was years ago, I have since changed my opinion about The Boss. I actually cover a song of his now, which is probably the best part about it.
𝟭𝟬. What is your dream collaboration?
There is a local artist in my area named Willard Wilcox, he would be awesome. We have a lot of the same influences and tastes in music, and he himself writes amazing music. I think that would be pretty sweet.
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