John Vento - 10 Questions Music Interview
John Vento can't be boxed into any one style of music. His heartfelt and introspective music is what appeals to his fans. Heworks with a broad cast of collaborators including John Randall Fox, Buddy Hall, Tim Hadley, and Frank Ferraro, along with renowned playwright/lyricist, Amy Hartman. He is the font man for the high-energy, hard-rockin’ bands, The Businessmen, and the Nied’s Hotel Band.
John’s 2019 MTS release is “Love, Lust and Other Wreckage.” His single, “Rainbows And Lightning” reached the Top 20 on iTunes Canada charts, receiving national and international airplay and charting. His follow-ups, “Baby Blues,” “Humble Way,” and current single, “I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love with You” (Tom Waits cover) have also received national airplay chart attention. John is a January 2019 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I was going through a very difficult struggle in my marriage, and was dealing with many emotional issues. That struggle was the catalyst that inspired me to begin creating original music.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Two years in row, my band played at Pittsburgh's amusement park, Kennywood, and huge storms stopped the shows 15 minutes after we began. BOTH TIMES!!! The second year, they wanted us to keep playing, even after the computer and other equipment was damaged. Somehow, we pieced together what was still operable and finished the show.
What has been the high point of your music path?
We had the opportunity to open the show for Three Dog Night in front of about 10,000 people, plus we were honored to open the show for Gino Vannelli in the theater outside of Pittsburgh... who after that, put on a fantastic show on my performance stage in my own backyard!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
We normally start with a conceptual idea, and some very rough sketches for lyrics and music. Then I bring our team of great musicians and writers together, and we start to create the mold, collaborate, elaborate, and fine tune it from there.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I would ask the music industry to create more opportunities for Indie Artists to be side by side with the commercially established artists who have already created audiences. It would be great if they would support more independent artists to open doors for others.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, whom would it be and why?
Well, if we could bring them back to life, it would be the great Harry Chapin or John Lennon. As for sharing the stage with currently living artists, Bruno Mars for a contemporary sort of concert, and for a classic rock show, Bob Seger!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
For live shows, we like to send out a game plan well in advance so the musicians can learn the material and be prepared so that our rehearsals are effective and productive. If we're doing pre-production work for the studio, that's a much different process.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"Rainbows & Lightning," which is on our new album "Love, Lust & Other Wreckage," was truly the greatest challenge to write. It had so many different gyrations and versions, stops and starts, and twists and turns... It was just one of those songs we thought would never be finished. If you were to you listen to the finished product and compare it to how it sounded when we started, you would hear that it really went in a completely different direction.
What's coming up in the future?
I have a couple of unfinished songs that are in different stages, plus we will be re-producing our stage play "Love, Lust & Other Wreckage" hopefully by the fall of 2020.
Tell us where fans can access your music. Provide 1 or 2 links here