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Meet Joey Grace

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joey Grace.

Hi Joey, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My journey as an independent musician started in 2018. I was tired of being in bands with people who did not take music as seriously as I did. I also really wanted to be able to record and perform my own original songs in any way I wished, without having to compromise. I was craving full creative control over my projects, and I knew that if I went solo it would be a tough road, but a very rewarding one.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There have definitely been struggles along the way. When you are an independent musician and a solo artist, you wear MANY hats. You are a songwriter, performer, producer, photographer, videographer, web designer, social media marketer, accountant, publisher, distributor, promoter, gig-booker, merch designer….. I mean, the list goes on and on! It’s crazy. Without a label doing all of these things for you, you either have to pay someone to do it or just do it yourself. At the moment, I’m doing it all myself.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a singer, songwriter, and music producer. I feel very proud of the fact that I’ve learned how to record my own music. It’s a magical feeling when you can literally record your own stuff any time you want. For a while, fear of technology held me back. I didn’t think I could go through the recording, mixing and mastering process myself. I really didn’t personally know any female music producers, and plus I was stuck in that old school way of thinking where you’d go into a recording studio and do your thing there. Don’t get me wrong, working in someone else’s studio can be super rad and has its charm and benefits! But I didn’t want to put my creative baby into someone else’s hands, so to speak. I’d been burned too many times before, spending way too much money at studios and waiting on other people to finish my songs when they had the time to do it. I wanted to have 100% control of my creative process and sound, especially because the sound I enjoy is somewhat unconventional and more traditional producers either wouldn’t “get it” or might not approve. By doing everything myself, I feel like I’m stepping outside of the conventional music box that people want to place me in.

I am also very excited and proud to have released my very first NFT recently! An artist named Vera DG (in Ukraine) created the visuals, and I created the audio. The NFT is entitled “BIOROBOT” and can be viewed and purchased on the website opensea.io. The NFT is based on the tragedy that occurred at Chernobyl 35 years ago, when human beings were sent in to clean up the radioactive debris and were referred to as “biorobots”.

I’d also love to mention that my newest music video is now available on my Joey Grace YouTube Channel! The song is called “Beautiful Storm”. I am so proud to release this music video because I edited it myself!

What does success mean to you?
It seems like society defines success as having a record label, or being famous, or playing some huge stage, or having the most “likes” and “views” and fans. Honestly, I can’t get on board with that. If it happens, cool. If not, that’s ok too. To me, success is the small things that we accomplish each day. The little wins. The steps we never thought we could take that we actually DO end up taking. I try to remember the reality that big money puts certain people on a broad stage and on a pedestal. Let’s face it, money is what runs the industry on that huge scale that we see and hear all around us constantly. I might never achieve that…. and that’s okay. I will always feel like a success because I go for my dreams every day. I strive to be kind and share my talent. I am genuine. I am strong. I overcome obstacles. I am self-taught. I admire people who have those traits, and I consider all of the small wins and small gains throughout each and every day a success.

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