MAJOR FLEX: JOEY MYRON
We are so happy to introduce you to Joey Myron, as part of our MAJOR FLEX series. Joey is a diverse and multi-cultured singer-songwriter and artist born in Russia, before moving to America to pursue his career in music and develop his craft.
An inspirational story for many, we sat down with Joey to discuss his life so far and what brought him to this point. His brilliant new alt-pop single 'Colorado' is out now.
Hey Joey! Could you describe your sound & style for any of our readers who may not have heard of you before?
Hi! Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. I would describe my sound as a new Americana/Pop with Western undertones. I am mainly inspired by old Rock and classic Country or Western sounds. Lyrically, I want to bring storytelling back to pop music and mix genres to create a cinematic but digestible sound for my fans. Stylistically my music career has jumped around many genres including EDM features, etc. With my solo music, I am mainly focused on using organic musical elements and instruments. My influences range from Johnny Cash, Elvis, Beach Boys, and Ennio Morricone to Kanye West and The Weeknd.
You have a pretty diverse background, could you please tell us more about it?
This is true! My parents immigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia in 1989, but I was born in the U.S. My background has definitely opened my mind to all different types of music and languages.
How has being a first-generation Russian immigrant affected your life?
The biggest effect comes from the fact that I grew up speaking Russian and surrounded by Russian culture. The love of music is universal in all cultures, so even Russian music played a part in my upbringing, especially in studying classical piano in my earlier years and even dancing ballet.
Does your multicultural background come into your writing and inspiration behind your tracks?
100 percent. Although most of my influences stem from English-speaking artists, learning Russian gave me a different perspective lyrically. Russian music has a long history of bard culture, where emotional poetry paired with strong melodies parallels the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, etc. In this day and age, multicultural backgrounds are contributing to bending and mixing genres only amplifying the universal aspects of music.
Joey's new single 'Colorado' out now
How was the change from living in your hometown in Russia, to studying at the famous Berklee college of music in LA?
Well I was actually born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and moved to LA after studying at Berklee in Boston. Moving to any city is always an adjustment, and music has led me all over the place!
Your newest single, ‘Colorado’ has just been released, what's this about?
"Colorado" relays the bitter-sweet feeling of leaving everything behind and going back "homeward" to the roots of being human; surrounded by family and amidst the natural world. The nature of Colorado is a major inspiration for the song.
On one hand, the beauty of the mountains is an attractive setting for a reclusive lifestyle that taps into the essence of being human. On the other hand, the bitter cold offers a harsh reality of survival and represents the departure from comfort found in more urbanised environments. There is also a Bonnie and Clyde runaway element to the song.
Do you feel like your story can help inspire other people from multicultural backgrounds to be successful in the music industry?
As I continue to make music and grow my fanbase, I hope I can inspire anyone of any background to make art and music that expresses their upbringing and cultures. Music will always be the universal language and truly is one of the uniting forces of our planet really. I hope to empower future artists with my music and story.
& Lastly, what can fans expect from you next?
I am working on upcoming singles that I am very excited about! I also have great video content coming very soon as well as live shows. I want each one of my singles to be a standalone and cinematic experience for the listener yet weaving a familiar sound and story through each. Thank you for letting me share my experiences!
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