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INTERVIEW: Joe Quinto

Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rehab”?

A: Yeah, it’s a weird combination to me actually. It’s a record that ties similarities between being in a toxic relationship to the effects of substance abuse which are two topics usually reserved for sad, downtempo songs.. I wanted to create a bit of juxtaposition with this record, giving it a fun, funky spin.

Q: Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

A: Not one specific event, but I think it’s safe to say that everyone has had at least one relationship in their lifetime that’s drained them of what makes them who they are. I know I’ve had my fair share. So it’s more of a culmination of experiences rather than just one, I guess.

Q: Any plans to release a video for the single?

A: Not at the moment. Visuals are on my agenda, though. Since shooting the video for “Black Magic” back in 2016, I’ve written at least a half dozen video treatments for things I would love to bring to life.

Q: The single comes off of your new EP “CINEMASONIC” – what’s the story behind the title?

A: I had a vision of the type of project I wanted to make before I had written 3 of the 4 songs (X-Ray being the only exception) – the vibes, the direction, even the color scheme was laid out in my head before any sound was put to it. I had never worked this way before, but I wanted to challenge myself to something so I went with it. When thinking about how odd that my vision (the cinematics) came before the songs (the sonics), the name kind of clicked. Plus, let’s be honest, it has a cool ring to it haha.

Q: How was the recording and writing process?

A: The writing process was challenging at times because I had kind of boxed myself in with my pre-determined vibes I was trying to achieve. But luckily, some of my best friends in the world happen to by incredibly talented producers, so they aided me in creating the world I wanted to be in. Recording was easy when I was able to actually be in the studio. My engineer and I had very different schedules so it was often a battle to find times that worked for both of us. When we were in there, though, it was butter.

Q: What role does Milwaukee play in your writing?

A: A big one. I’m as much of a fan of Milwaukee music as I am a part of it. Seeing my friends and colleagues release quality music and visuals inspires the hell out of me. To me, it’s not competition, though. I just want to add to the pot of already amazing talent and hope that I inspire them back.

Q: What aspect of feelings did you get to explore on this project?

A: Positivity was the main backbone I wanted in this project. Even the song about a toxic relationship has a happy sound to it. I think that, as a society, we’re in a very fragile place right now with a lot of negativity being fed to us on a daily basis. I just wanted to do what I could to combat that and show some love, acceptance, and positivity.

Q: Any plans to hit the road?

A: Right now, no. I have a few gigs around Wisconsin lined up to finish out 2018. If things go well, I would love to entertain the possibility but as of now, I’m just hanging out.

Q: What else is happening in Joe Quinto’s world?

A: I’m working with a new studio now and have been writing some of my favorite records I’ve ever written. So recording those is next up on the agenda. I’m also teaching myself how to play guitar so I’m hoping I can add that to my music sooner than later as well!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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