Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Eid.
Joseph, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It all started when I was five or six and I remember writing a poem on a weekend at the beach with my family and some of their friends. I asked my dad if I could read it to everyone. It felt good and natural to share a creative idea in that way – a point of view – something that connected us all. I would spend a lot of time thinking about the world and life as a kid. I wrote it all down.
I think I’ve kept a journal ever since I learned to write. I still keep one. In high school, I enjoyed being in plays, musicals, chorus, etc. but I never really believed I could pursue an artistic life as a career. My parents were very clear that my brother, sister and I were to go to college and study something that would guarantee financial security. I studied psychology and pre-med in college. I didn’t believe in myself enough to stray from the program that was laid out before me. The dream of being a musical artist never left me. Then it happened one night.
An awakening I guess. I was in the first week of my second semester in medical school when I started thinking about how I got there and how I was really just going through the motions and living someone else’s life. The thoughts got big. “What if I could just do what I wanted to do!” I was filled with an excitement that took over and had me running to the Dean’s office the next morning, asking for a leave of absence. I knew I would not be coming back, but it made it easier to break the news slowly to family and friends. A leave of absence was easier to swallow. The rest is a musical journey.
I moved to Manhattan, joined a band, learned guitar, started writing songs. I also was in a theatre company and had several speaking roles on television. After eight years in NYC, I moved to Los Angeles, and that’s where I found my sound; a mix of folk and pop music with a little psychology thrown in. 🙂 I started playing out as much as I possibly could, went on several tours and recorded two albums. Over the past decade in Los Angeles, I’ve taken my music career from a passion to a passionate profession.
I enjoy recording and releasing original songs and videos, playing public venues and private parties. The thing I love most about the journey is the thing that started it all – the writing. I’ve written probably close to 100 original songs, and I recently started writing custom songs for special occasions. This is something I deeply enjoy doing for people. It’s truly one of the greatest gifts one can receive; an original song written just for them. A nice change of pace from writing personal experience. To hear other people’s stories and write about that is fresh and fulfilling.
Artistically, I’ve taken this musical journey further than I thought I really could. I feel blessed that I get to write and play music and that there are people out there who enjoy it and want to hire me to do it. The joy and rewards that come from this career are in the actual experience of it. Commercial success is great and I’d love to have my music reach millions but commercial success is not necessary to be a fulfilled working artist.
When I share my music, I feel complete, and I feel 100% aligned with my purpose — the reward of feeling that is greater than anything. What we can control is how good we can get, how present we can be and how deep we can delve into our craft. The rest of it I’ve learned to surrender. I keep doing my thing and know it will find the listeners and those searching for it.
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?
It’s been an amazing road, but no it has not been smooth. Staying in the game can be hard… It’s been hard to not give up at times. It takes a lot of investment to produce albums and content.
When music can’t pay the bills, you have to work many other jobs. I work at least a handful of jobs to keep the music going. It’s never hard for me to be engaged doing music – the hard part is doing everything else to sustain it. Having an amazing record is not enough anymore.
Marketing is a big part of how and why some artists break out, and others don’t. That can be frustrating. There are so many amazing songs that will never be heard because the artists don’t have loads of cash to promote them. It’s a big piece of the puzzle. But you reach a point where there is no turning back. There is no other choice for me but to keep going.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am an artist. I am a songwriter. I am a singer and a guitarist. I’ve been told that my writing is vulnerable, authentic and healing.
There are lessons threaded in the songs, they come through when I’m writing. It’s unique in that way. It has a natural way of lifting people’s spirits by telling stories and sharing ideas that are very relatable on different levels.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My ability to write from where I am. To accept the truth of the moment and be there. This is why I keep writing, singing, playing, producing. It’s like breathing for me.
So wherever I happen to be on my personal journey, the music is born from there. There is always something to write about. One’s life can become art.
- Custom songs are $600 – they include a full interview with the person who wants to give the gift, an mp3 of an acoustic recording of the song, handwritten lyrics. For an extra $100 I can perform the songs in person if it’s local.
- Private and public shows are between $300 and $1000 and include me bringing the sound. The rate depends on how long the party is and if I have to learn new songs that I don’t usually play. Contact me through my website – we will make it work!
- Website: www.josepheidmusic.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/josepheidmusic
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/josepheidmusic
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