At what point in your life did you make the decision to become a professional musician and actually record your own albums?
It wasn't until I left Berklee College of Music and began to get calls for gigs. Then I realized I can do this for a living because the calls kept coming in. The idea to record an album came together about five years ago. I wanted to try something different on my own. I've always been more of a band guy but it never seemed to pan out. Now I'm Joe Lindsay the artist which is pretty cool.
How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
I've always been writing and producing music because I love to create and challenge myself. So, with this album I wanted to make a record that would stand out in today's market but still have a sound of its own. It's a very simple concept but I think the songs really blend together well and hopefully everyone will begin to recognize my sound as a guitarist.
What elements do you look for in a song that makes it especially satisfying for you to perform?
If a song has a catchy melody and a groove that keeps your body moving in some shape or form, that's the song for me. It doesn't matter what style or tempo you play a song if the listener can't feel what's being played they want get it but when they can feel what youíre playing that's really satisfying. I like to choose songs with that in mind.
Of your touring and gigs so far in your career, do any stand out as being particularly memorable or defining moments?
I would have to say my most memorable gig was having the chance to perform in South Africa for 13,000 plus people. The energy that night was incredible on and off the stage. What a crowd!!!!
What do you see as the biggest challenges to the growth of Smooth Jazz in the future?
I think one of the biggest challenges is change. We as artist and listeners have to keep an open mind and ear to new sounds and not be afraid to think outside the box. This is hard to do in this industry sometimes. Variety is a good thing.
Whatís your favorite non-music activity?
It's the one thing I love to do when I need to relax my mind - Go to the movies!