Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we have a gifted pianist who is set to create a buzz in the music industry with his debut single, “Old Piano”, and his name is “Josh Christina”. An intoxicating blend of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Elton John, Josh Christina is a rock & roll revivalist with grand stage presence and respect for those who paved the way. He has not only received high praise from Daryl Davis (band leader for Chuck Berry) and Kent Wells (producer of Dolly Parton) but also gained international attention on Ireland’s The Late Late Show – captivating audiences with his original track “Rockabilly Saturday Night.” His musical knowledge is outstanding and he perfectly uses this artistic creativity to amaze the musical senses of the audience.
Following the release of his debut single ‘Old Piano’, the artist interacted with our team about his musical journey with us. So, let’s get to know about Josh, about his challenges as a musician, and much more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My name is Josh Christina. I’m from Baltimore, Maryland and I would call my genre Piano Rock. Definitely has a throwback sound to what I write.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
I first got into Elvis Presley at the age of five. That opened a whole new world up to me. I found Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry and started songwriting. Later on, I got into Elton John and he’s just incredible. I make and write music cause it’s an escape and is where I always feel at home. There’s nothing like playing your music to a live audience.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
Back in 2016, I went to Ireland and got to play on their “Late, Late Show”. That was awesome just being on TV in front of so many people. I’d love to be able to go back and do it again.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
I can’t think of anything specific but there are times, like with anything, that something doesn’t go your way or you play a wrong note or forget a word. Sometimes there are problems with equipment or something technical and I usually just try to push through or sometimes own it and make it joke. I think the crowd likes that kind of stuff. Helps show how real the artist is.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
Dead I would have to say Elvis and alive I’d have to say, Elton John. Two of the biggest influences.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Me personally, and as much as I love music, I think it’s always good to step away sometimes and take a little breather just for the sake of mental health. It can be a lot of traveling and playing shows and all and I think it’s good to be able to have that personal life where you can step back and reflect or relax sometimes.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Tough question cause there’s a few that come to mind. I think for me it’s hard sometimes getting through to people who I really am as an artist. I have an old soul so how I write and perform can be reflective of a lot of different genres and influences and sometimes it’s hard to put me in a genre or hit a certain demographic. It’s a blessing and a curse in a way cause it can allow you to reach a wide range of people but also sometimes is hard to nail down.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
Sometimes I use a click or drum track and play along with it just to keep my meter and pocket tight but that’s about it.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Never be afraid to embrace being different and always be yourself. The best artist in this business are the ones that no matter what stayed true to who they really are and I think that resonates with people.
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