Today we’d like to introduce you to Joel Simpson.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
At a young age, I always liked getting groups of people together and performing for them. I’ve always loved parties and making people happy and I did that by entertaining during those parties. The first band I was in was an indie band in high school called Go Indigo. I played djembe and sang.
It was a really interesting choice of music to play, but it made me really want to perform for others for a living. I released my first album in 2009 called, “Breathless”, where I tried to be a black Bob Dylan. I have no idea why I thought that would work. Over the years, I learned more of who I am and now I sing pop, fun, light-hearted music. Currently, when I’m not singing as a solo artist, I sing for an entertainment company called Downbeat LA. It gives me the opportunity to party with people and make them enjoy life. I hope to do that with my own music someday.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has not been smooth. Every day I struggle with wanting to continue pushing my music. I feel that I have the necessary tools to be successful. I just have to continue to be patient.
I’m a go-getter. When I turned 21, I played at every major venue on the sunset strip. I would get gigs off craigslist and try to meet people that would be interested in my music. I met a lot of weird, unsafe people. I was told that I needed to “pay my dues” but would get screwed over financially and have disappointing gigs. I look back at those situations and I am so thankful for those. That’s why I usually create my own music events and I try to help others with their music so they won’t have to interact with bad promoters or weird venues.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
What sets me apart is that I feel that performing is not all about me. I really want everyone to enjoy their time with me. I’m just leading the party.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I perform for others the way I want artists to perform for me. I want to share my energy with people as my gift to them and as a thank you for them watching me. I don’t take anyone’s time for granted.
Check out my music on Spotify and Apple Music – Strawberry Lemonade ft. Angelica Elizabeth (specifically).
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Most Photos by Fernando Tirado, Black and White photo with me looking to the side is by Tudor Williams