Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we have an amazing member of the Rock band from Montauk, New York, “Liquid Phase” and his name is “Joe Coss”. He is the founder of the band and is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician and has also a mechanical engineer degree under his name.
Coming to the band, it consists of 6 members featuring Joe Coss on Vocals and Guitar, Jamie Grubb on Keyboards, Bosco Michne on Guitar, Johnny Molinari on Bass, Kitty Rock on Vocals, and Steve Collins on Drums.
So Let’s get to know more about this mulit-talented artist, how the band was formed, about their memorable performances, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
The music of Liquid Phase varies from Acoustic Rock to Medium Rock to Heavy Electric Rock, powered by the Keyboards by Jamie Grubb in addition to the guitars by Bosco Michne, and is reminiscent of a sound that lies somewhere between “The Doors” and “Led Zeppelin”, though mixed in is also an element of the 1960’s Surf sound, and also the newer 1990’s Grunge and Skate Punk sound.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
My earliest influences were first Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” which was written in the year 1314 just outside Florence, Italy and led me to write the song “Underground”, and then I also read a great deal of the work of Carl Gustav Jung about psychology and the archetypes, and this had a major influence on all of the lyrics and music that I had written as a teenager. I have been inspired by so many different things throughout my life to make music, and right now it is Tia Barr that keeps reminding me that life is short and that art is as important as anything else which I completely agree with.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
The biggest show to date for Liquid Phase was our performance at the 26th Annual “Ribfest” just outside of Chicago in Naperville, IL in 2013 with an outdoor audience of about 30,000 and one of our goals is to return to play at “Ribfest” again someday.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
During our performance at “Ribfest”, I was just about to play the lead electric guitar solo during our Song “Waves” on my black Gibson Les Paul when I looked down and noticed that my guitar cable had slightly come out of the digital delay effects pedal, which I obviously must have stepped on or kicked out of place while I was singing the first verse of the song, which meant that my guitar was basically turned off. Instead of kneeling down and reinserting the guitar cable, I decided to sing another verse of “Waves”, and while singing I was able to get the cable back into the effects jack with my right foot, and then I went ahead and played the guitar solo as if nothing ever happened.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
It would be amazing to collaborate with a few of my favorite female vocalists since to me the vocal harmonies are the most important and special part of any song, and I really like the sound of a male and female vocalist together which is why I am really so excited that Kitty McTeague has just joined us in Liquid Phase this Year. I would love to sing someday with Hope Sandoval, Sarah McLachlan, Amy Lee, and Avril Lavigne. For lead guitar, I would want to collaborate with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Slash because I think these three are among the best ever at lead guitar.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
If it is your goal to be a musician only as a profession someday, then realize that every other job that you ever had is essentially there to fund your Music.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
The biggest challenge as a musician in a Rock Band has always been to advance our music to the level where we get a record deal. In order to overcome this challenge, I am doing nothing more than trying to get a record deal for Liquid Phase this year in 2020!
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
For singing, the most important thing is to have a diverse and reliable warmup routine to rehearse with on the day of live performances including scales, arpeggios, and inversions.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
I write songs on acoustic guitar, but then I always like to play them on piano and violin as well. Playing songs on different instruments really leads to great ideas about how to arrange the studio and live performance of the song.
- Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
I have recently read many of the musician interviews in Guitaa, and they are not only really interesting and fascinating but they also gave me some great ideas about what to do next!
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
When forming a band and starting to play out Live, it also start advancing the business end at the same time. Invest in it like you would when starting any other business, recording, advertising, marketing, social media, and management. It is most likely that no one in the music industry is ever going to come and find you, even if you are playing really great and successful shows, so you certainly need to go find them!
So, this was “Joe Coss” from “Liquid Phase”. Want to know how you can follow the band on social media? Then, check out the link below: