Joe Sneva

Seattle, United States




Joe Sneva is a singer/songwriter whose sound is raw, folk-tinged and bright with beachy surf vibes. Claiming himself to be a free spirit Joe is a lover of nature and a traveling man who just loves simpler times.

Growing up on a farm as the youngest of six children, Joe first fell in love with music after listening to a Bob Dylan cassette that his parents would frequently play on the way to church. After pleading for a guitar for two years, his parents finally gave in and granted him his wish. Armed only with a used Hohner acoustic and a Dylan songbook, Joe took a step into the vast space of his imagination. Here he began learning some of what he calls "the greatest songs ever written". These include, Like A Rolling Stone, Don't Think Twice It's Alright, and Forever Young. At the age of 14, Joe's life changed. His older brother Jordan took him to his first concert, The Rolling Stones, at the famous Kingdome building in Seattle, and from that moment on, he did nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe music. His musical influences are vast, taking inspiration from Bob Dylan, 2Pac, and Ed Sheeran. Joe has also released his first published novel, "Another Day in Paradise," loosely based on his years spent in Los Angeles. I was intrigued by the soul behind the work and so I decided to grab Joe Sneva for a TJPL NEWS special interview but first, let's take a journey through his latest release '100 Wildflowers'.





100 Wildflowers is Joe Sneva's latest release. This is a real chilled-out track with a message to send. Opening with a folk-inspired guitar pluck and a steady drum loop we can't help but get lost in this one. The occasional guitar layers offer something refreshing to the ears of the listener to offer an extra bit of melody to the piece in places that work well. The lyrics are confessional and question matters of love. Stating that he would rather buy 100 wildflowers and give them to a lover instead of buying roses makes a bold statement about the intent of his love. This suggests that he wants things to be natural and real. That's the best type of love right? 100 Wildflowers is a laid-back acoustic piece that is simplistic yet effective, it's the perfect track for long journeys, beach walks, and lazy days. Offering something that is raw and heartfelt, 100 Wildflowers is a melodic piece of acoustic ambiance that will set you up for a positive day. Make sure that you click the link below to hear it for yourselves and then head back here for our interview special with the artist himself, Joe Sneva.





What would be your ultimate achievement for your latest single? Is there a particular vision that you had when putting the song together?

The ultimate achievement for my latest release is pretty much like all my others: Have as many ears as possible listen to it. The music industry is tough. It's one thing to think you wrote a pretty cool tune, but it's a whole other thing to figure out a way to spread get it out to the masses.

My vision for this song was just to write something light and fun. I wrote it on a summer day in my yard, so I think you can feel the sunshine in the lyrics and chords progression.

I've heard that you're a traveler, what's your favorite place that you've been so far?

Love road tripping along the fabled golden shores of west coast America. Santa Cruz is my home away from home. San Diego is rad, too.

I know that climate change is an issue that is close to your heart, what do you think we need to do to help?

Well, even speaking about climate change is tough. The first thing we need to do is get everyone on board with even acknowledging that it exists. Another big thing is "what about-ism." No matter what kind of problem there is, there's always people that blame it on someone else who does something worse. People need to hold themselves accountable and ask themselves what THEY can do to help, no matter how small it is. If we just start there, maybe we can really get the ball rolling.

If you could define music in one short sentence (no cheating) what would you say?

Define music. Hmm. Not really sure there's an answer to that. My definition of music would be that it's a beautiful art form. And that it has no rules. And that's what I love about it. It's the opposite of math.

When did you first realise that you had the potential to be an artist? Is there a memory that has stuck in your mind as the turning point for you?

I always loved singing. Ever since I can remember. But middle school is probably when I knew I had some chops. Started my first band and we played at my 8th grade graduation. The good ol' days.

How would you define your sound?

I would say my sound is a beachy, poppy, surf vibe. I can't really help it. Whenever I write a tune, it always seems to be a bright groove.

Cubase, Protools, or neither?

Honestly, I don't know the first thing about Protools or any of that stuff. I should probably get on it though, because I don't know any musician that doesn't. Haha. Whenever I record, I just rent out a studio for a day, and knock out a handful of my new songs and play all the instruments and tracks on my own. Then when I play live, I have an amazing group of insanely talented musicians that learn the parts.

This might be a tricky one but Studio vs Live - Which do you prefer and why?

Hmmmm. Studio or Live. I gotta go with Studio. I just love a solid mix and hearing the finished mastered track

How do you collaborate with vocalists and other artists?

I don't collaborate too often with other artists to be honest. I usually just write my songs on the acoustic and go from there. Having said that, I've been working on a Cranberries cover with an amazing songwriter Kyle Findley-Meier (frontman for The Sky Colony) and we've been having a lot of fun in the studio working on harmonies and our idea of the instrumentation and how we wanna mix it. It's been a blast and something pretty new to me, working on a project with someone with equal input, that is.

If you had the opportunity to work with one of your favorite musical artists, who would you most like to collaborate with and why?

Collaborating with Springsteen, Dylan, or Brian Wilson would be insane. I mean, they are the pinnacle of songwriting in my opinion.

What are your future plans? What can we look forward to for the rest of 2022?

My goal this year is just to put out some quality music that people can dig.

Where can we find the track?