Originally from the mid-west, Los Angeles based singer songwriter Joe Settineri was a late bloomer. After the music world wooed him away from a finance career, and years spent being one of a handful of go-to singers in Los Angeles, Settineri established himself as an exceptional singer-songwriter in 2009 with his widely praised first studio album, STAY (LML Records). His second full studio album, ‘Beyond Your Control’, was released 2014 and followed up by his most recent EP, ‘Be The One’ in 2017.
Tell us about the history of the band?
My journey to becoming a solo artist has been a lengthy one. Post college I went into finance but always did music and acting on the side. Then through a series of fateful events and a couple of yoga connections (isn’t that how everything works in LA?) I got the chance to release some of my music and start songwriting full time. I always thought of myself as a singe, but was never confident in my songwriting until a few friends heard my music and helped push me along.
How would you describe your music?
My new music … especially me new single ‘Hello Goodbye’, is very pop and very emotional. Emotions just drive me and how I write. I used to describe my music as schmaltzy, but it’s so much more than that. Love is super universal, yet at the same time very individualized and personal. I like to think that my songs will touch each person in a slightly different way depending on the relationships around them. So, emotional pop?
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
My musical influences are all over the map … 80’s pop to Jazz to Cabaret to Country. My earliest musical hero was, wait for it, Laura Branigan. Her voice just moved me and brought the music out of me in ways I can’t describe.
What record are you currently listening to?
I’ve been listening to the new Kygo & Imagine Dragons song, ‘Born To Be Yours’, and the new Dan + Shay song ‘Keeping Score’ with Kelly Clarkson on repeat. I get into a couple of songs and listen to them way to much! There is so much great music being made these days.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
A while back I did a musical review about the songs of Gene Pitney (60’s pop star and heartthrob) here in LA and NYC, and I got to sing a song called Cara Mia. It’s this crazy high wacky song but it’s totally different from all of my music, and I try to put it into every show I do now. Even if it’s as an encore, it’s just a super fun song to sing!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
When I say this it comes true right? Sia. I want to tour with Sia. Where do I sign?
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Playing out as a solo artist I have yet to encounter anything too strange or weird, but as a stage actor I could go on and on! Musical theatre is where the good stuff is for sure! It’s been a while but one of the last shows I did was The Full Monty and stripping down to, well, nothing at the end of the show was oddly freeing … until the night gramma was there in the second row … #awkward
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry is changing so rapidly … it’s exciting and scary. On one hand, it’s growing and access to music, all music, has never been easier for the consumer … but on the other hand, it’s very hard for an artist to make money from album sales/streams. When you read that Donald Fagen of Steely Dan went back out on tour because record sales don’t make money for him any more, it’s all you need to know.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
I think now more than ever it’s about working on your craft and finding great people to collaborate with. Enjoy the journey, the process, the people, and let the chips fall as they may.
What are your future plans?
Well besides touring with Sia (that’s happening right?), we have 2 more singles coming out this summer and fall (BATMAN CRIES and OXYGEN). We just finished shooting the music video for Batman Cries, and I’m headed back to Nashville to write and record more this summer. Lots of goodness and I can’t wait to share it all!