Interview: Joey Stuckey
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Hi Joey! Great to speak with you today!
Thanks so much for having me!
What have you been working on lately?
Well, I am still working on my album “One Song At A Time”.
I hope to have it out late this summer, mid-August, or early fall in September.
It took me a while to find someone that could assist a blind guy to step up his game on cover art, something I can’t fully appreciate the impact of, but I have been reading the book “Atomic Habits” and am working on making small 1% changes to everything I do. The cumulative effect of this can be major and is sustainable! So, I have now found the artist I wanted to work with on this. I am also still finalizing some rough mixes of 3 songs I wrote with my dear friend Charlie Hoskyns, who passed back in 2017. Sadly, I don’t have the multi tracks for these songs we wrote and recorded and am having to just perfect the rough demos as best as I can so I can share them with everyone! They’re very dear to my heart and I truly feel they are of great value musically for my fans.
However, most of the album is ready to go, just these few hurdles left.
I am also busily trying to let folks know about my mini documentary called “Don’t Blink”. You can check it out at the link below.
It is only 15 minutes long but takes you inside a small slice of the “Stuckeyverse” and tells a bit of my story of over coming the brain tumor that took my sight.
---YouTube Link https://youtu.be/GqifHGG5cWo
When was the first time you recall thinking that you wanted to pursue music as your career?
I was about 17 years old and I had been working as a sound engineer since I was about 13 years old. I got my first real job as a sound tech at a local planetarium in my hometown when I was about 15 and met other young folks that were in bands. I started recording them and one day I heard one of those garage bands play a song that I just loved. I didn’t know the song, something unusual as I am a bit of a musical encyclopedia, and they told me that they had written that song we just recorded in my attic studio. I was amazed and then realized that music was the vehicle through which I would tell my story!
Who are some of the artists currently inspiring you?
That changes daily!
Right now, I am diggin’ music from Billie Eilish, Inhaler and the new record from Crowded House!
Also just placed my order for the new Prince boxset!
Any plans to start performing live as shows pick back up?
Yeah, I have a few shows scheduled right now and hoping to do about a dozen or so before the end of the year.
I am very booked in the studio with my music production clients and also, as a brain tumor survivor, I have to watch and guard my health very carefully, so we are keeping an eye on the COVID-19 Delta variance.
I won’t do anything that even has the chance of being unsafe for me or others. Better safe than sorry!
The brain tumor created a lot of health-related challenges for me, so while I am not a sick person, I do have to manage my health very carefully!
What is your favorite song to perform?
That changes daily as well, but I do love playing “Red House” by Hendrix
---check it out here https://youtu.be/daBB6QfoR3c
And as for an original, I love cookin’ on “Troubles Come In Threes”
---check it out here https://open.spotify.com/track/0WMg4G6g3QiLxvtLy553S2?si=ebccdefc7b934455
What are you hoping to see in the music world as it continues to evolve?
Streaming royalty rates must must must at least match terrestrial radio royalty rates. We also must pay both the songwriter and the performer, something that the EU and UK already do!
Please let everyone know how they can keep up with you and your music!
iTunes for JS3 Sun Sessions https://music.apple.com/us/album/in-the-shadow-of-the-sun/1450976425
Thank you for your time!