We had the good fortune of connecting with Joey Delgado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joey, what matters most to you?
I believe the most important principle that matters to me is being authentic. As an artist and producer, I have been fortunate to have the financial freedom to create art and music that matters most to me. I have created a means to support my self financially that does not conflict with my music. in other words my first objective is not to make money, although I believe if you create from the heart, success will follow.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I will be 64 this year. I have played professionally for over 50 years. I have always wanted to do what I do, whether it be performing live, recording, producing and engineering. I don’t believe that anyone that chooses this career would ever say this is easy. It has been a lifetime of chooses and compromise. Even though technology has evolved tremendously, I never forget that it is the emotion that matters most in the music you create or work you do. During the last year I have worked very hard to develop my Pro-Tool skills and share my abilities with up and coming artists.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first thing I would do is make them Dinner. I love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes. My Mother was an amazing cook. She had to cook for 11 children, she was able to create memorable and delicious meals. We would go to The Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana on a Monday night for Cadillac Zack’s Blues Party where you can catch some of the best blues musicians in the world performing in a strip mall bar. I would also take them to Phillips French Dip Sandwich in Downtown LA. We would take our father there for his birthday or Fathers day. We would go to Joshua Tree National Park for a day hike and sunset BBQ. There are so many things to do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes first and foremost to my family, specifically to my 4 older brothers who created the musical environment I was fortunate to grow up in. They paved the way to show my father that you could be a musician in the 60’s without succumbing to drug abuse and other pitfalls associated with rock and roll. I was also very lucky to listen to the music my older siblings were listening too, while my friends were listening to the pop of the day. My big brother Bob, created a innovative jamm style musical scene in our house, where musicians would come to play and also be generous enough to give me music/guitar lessons. especially Danny Diaz and Bob Robles. Our sisters would also be our biggest fans and supporters in whatever form of music we would take. My wife Rena, has consistently pushed me to finish whatever I start. I really believe I could not pursue the career I have chosen with out her love and inspiration.