Making a Difference with Joey Stuckey!
Updated: Aug 27, 2021
Hi Joey! Thank you for speaking with me today!
What have you been working on lately? Well, I have been working on some new T-shirts featuring my avatar, Blink, who is a blind stick figure with a guitar, sunglasses and cane. These shirts are silly and a lot of fun for fans and while I can’t take credit for drawing them, they are my idea for good merch that works with my brand and as Blink is a stick figure, they aren’t super expensive to produce making me and the fans happy LOL. Here's a link to check them out Joey Stuckey - Other Cool Stuff. I am also putting the final touches on my next album that will be out this year, most likely mid-September. The album is called “One Song At A Time” and it has been a little slow in coming out because of 2 factors. First, I have some songs that I co-wrote with my dear friend Charlie Hoskyns from the UK. Sadly, Charlie passed in 2017 and a few of the songs we recorded I don’t have the multi-tracks for so I am working hard to make our original demos as polished as I can! These songs are just a small fraction of the music on this record, but they mean a lot to me and I know music fans will love them like I do, so I just felt like it was time to share them. Second, I am a blind brain tumor survivor and I have been reading a book called “Atomic Habits”. Basically it is about making sustainable 1% changes to everything you do. Because of this, I have teamed up with an incredible graphic artist/designer Darren Melchiorre to add that extra something to my album cover art! Darren is very prompt, so it isn’t his fault that we are a bit behind, it just took me a while to find the right person to do this for me, but it has been worth the wait! Finally, still enjoying the success of my mini documentary “Don’t Blink” from film-maker Courtney Adkisson. This is a 15-minute film that allows folks to get a good overview of the “Stuckeyverse” in a small consumable bite. Here’s a link to the mini-doc https://youtu.be/GqifHGG5cWo.
Has your musical journey had a deliberate direction, or did it gradually evolve in the direction you found? Great question! There has been a direction, in that I wanted to write, record and perform my own music. As a young person getting into the biz, I worried about my ability to travel and get places as a blind person with health challenges. I decided that what I needed was a reason for people to come to me, so that is how I hit on the idea to open my own recording studio www.shadowsoundstudio.com. As I got older and I began to build a team of people around me, those problems, while not disappearing, were minimized so I can do whatever I need to from touring to speaking to recording! However, my journey has taken me places I didn’t expect and I have gotten into other aspects of the music biz I never even considered, but when you have a skill and an opportunity presents itself, you go for it! What about your music would you say is rebellious or unconventional? LOL, well I am an eclectic soul and I just play what I want. That is great for artistic integrity, but a challenge for marketing! So, my solution is to brand myself broadly but narrowly brand each record. What are your top three albums of all time? Oh man, I don’t know if I could settle on a trinity, but I could tell you 3 records that are very important to me! I would have to put The Beatles ”Help” in there along with Miles Davis “Kind OF Blue”. Then It would be a hard choice between Aimee Mann’s “Bachelorette #2” and Yes’s “90125”. But If I truly had to choose, I would probably be up for a week worrying over it as I love music so much and there is so much good stuff out there! You are working on a new project called Rampd! Will you tell us about it? I met an incredible musical artist, Lachi, back in the start of 2020 when I was in LA for GRAMMY week and was out and about performing at some showcases and networking at several other events. Over time, we became friends and this is really her idea. She got toghter about 20 other disabled artists so that we had an entity that could assist to drive the conversation about those of us in the music biz that are disabled and also act as advocates. RAMPD Stands for Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities! We are at the early stages of this project but, as we recruit our first few hundred members who will form the foundation and heart of what we do, we’re asking everyone in the industry to fill out this survey. In addition to myself, founding members include blind recording artist Lachi, Tiny Desk Concert competition winner Gaelynn Lea, and more. We have big ambitions to change the way the industry thinks about disability, from the green room to the board room. If you feel like this is something you could get behind as a music pro that is disabled, the survey is only 5 questions so it should only take a few minutes of your time. I’d be so grateful if you filled it out and/or could help us by sharing. Here’s the link: https://s.alchemer.com/s3/RAMPDSurvey Please let everyone know where they can keep up with you and your music! Website https://www.joeystuckey.com Studio https://www.shadowsoundstudio.com YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/SenateRecords Twitter https://twitter.com/Jstuckeymusic IG https://www.instagram.com/jstuckeymusic/ FB https://www.facebook.com/JoeyStuckeyMusic/ Newsletter https://eepurl.com/dg6LqT Bandsintown http://www.bandsintown.com/joey-stuckey Merch https://www.joeystuckey.com/music Fan Zone https://www.joeystuckey.com/music/in-the-shadow-of-the-sun-fan-zone Spotify for JS3 https://open.spotify.com/artist/4H5sd7R9Or0DSHbiWobGll?si=xWNjaR5jTlSywK1bCOpywA iTunes for JS3 Sun Sessions https://music.apple.com/us/album/in-the-shadow-of-the-sun/1450976425 Thank you for your time! Thanks!
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