John Vento - Music Interview
John Vento is often called a chameleon in the Pittsburgh music scene; and, while his critics may use the term as a pejorative, Vento views it as a compliment. He understands that they’re motivated by the frustration of their inability to lock him into a specific musical style. After all, the front man for the high-energy, hard-rockin’ bands, The Businessmen, and the Nied’s Hotel Band, is also known for his introspective, brooding solo recordings. Helping to engineer the roller coaster ride is a stout core of collaborators, including John Randall Fox, Buddy Hall, Tim Hadley, and Frank Ferraro, along with renowned playwright/lyricist, Amy Hartman. John is a humble, loving, and grateful person, who treasures his family and friends. Certainly, that comes across, loud and clear, in his honest, from-the-heart songs; and that, undoubtedly, is another quality which endears him to his fans. 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.
What got you into music? Genes... music was always present in our home from day 1
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Creating original work and collaborating with others. it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why. The process of creating new music is cathartic in so many ways and very, very personal ... kinda' like creating a new baby. LOL
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you? It's fun ! It took years to develop a process that works and to understand an effective yet creative way to get things done. Technology today allows us so much freedom to experiment and create.
As a songwriter or musician, are there any obstacles you have had to overcome or obstacles that you are facing right now in your career? Sure... time, talent, and money. All three are critical in creating great music. I need more of all three !!!
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why? Bruno mars. He is just a brilliant talent and I truly love everything he does.
To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us? Baby Blues. It's raw and personal and I hope connects with people that have experienced regret and sadness.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year? I'm always working on new ideas. Currently I'm working on a new song called "Walking On The Highwire." It's all about folks who have struggle in life that work so hard to overcome.
Tell us where fans can access your music.