Exclusive Interview with ‘John Vento’

(Last Updated On: October 12, 2019)

Today we are sharing the John Vento in which You will get to know a lot of thing about his music. So, without wasting the time let’s get started.

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Q: How did you come into the music industry?
A: Music is in my genes, it’s in my blood… professional musicians date back to the early 1900s on my Mother’s side of the family. Music has surrounded me from the day I was conceived. It’s what lifts me up and heals my heart, and it’s what helps me to help others in many ways as well.

Q: Who was your inspiration for music?
A: The late great Harry Chapin was and is my inspiration for what I can do to help others with the music I make. Harry dedicated his life to charitable efforts through his music. He really is my hero. So, with my collaborators, I create opportunities where charitable causes can use our performances as a platform for support.

And as I explained in my first answer, my family was my first inspiration. My grandfather, my mother’s father, always surrounded us with music.

And then there’s Marvin Gaye… need I say more?

Q: What was the name of your debut song?
A: “Rainbows & Lightning” was the first single released from my most recent CD, “Love, Lust & Other Wreckage.” The first song I EVER wrote was “Hourglass” in the year 2000. It can be found on the album, “Nied’s Hotel.”

Q: Tell us about your musical journey.
A: From 1985-1989, I sang with a cover band called Xposure, and then was lucky enough to be invited to perform and record original music with the Businessmen in 1995, and we’re still making music today as the B-Men. I realized that original music was more fulfilling, so I devoted myself to continuing to record and participate in the writing process for new original music. In 2003, I started recording an album called “Nied’s Hotel,” dedicated to Jim Nied, proprietor of the establishment where many of our songs were created and played many times. The Nied’s Hotel Band formed from that project. Many great session and live musicians flowed in and out of the band, until the current line up banded together in 2011. And now, after releasing “Love, Lust & Other Wreckage,” I also sing with a group we call John Vento & Friends. And just as Harry Chapin did, most of the events we play are organized to benefit or support an organization or individuals in need.

Q: Who helped you most in your journey?
A: Bill Hibbert, songwriter with Businessmen, and producer Buddy Hall, originally from Pittsburgh, now residing in Nashville, TN.

Q: Who gave you pieces of advice?
A: My friend and band mate Tim Hadley encouraged me to collaborate with other musicians in order to grow, and to work hard at the craft.

Q: What are your most recent successes?
A: Love, Lust & Other Wreckage – Stage Play… On September 13th& 14th, I produced a Stage Play inspired by my most recentlyreleased album “Love, Lust & Other Wreckage,” an almost all true autobiographical story of my love life, and how it has been affected by my first love… the stage.

Helping to engineer the studio portion of the journey are my team of collaborators: musician & producer David Granati, songwriter Bert Lauble, singer/songwriter Cherylann Hawk, and other well known Pittsburgh musicians.

My story was so artistically crafted that it gained the attention of renowned playwright/lyricist, Amy Hartman. Even before it’s completion, Amy began to become involved with the project to the point of steering me in the direction of reaching more deeply into the wreckage of my love life to pull out the drama and heartaches to forge a more interesting story. Her rendition of my saga was shared as a stage play featuring music from the album in September 2019 at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh.

A: Pittsburgh Blues & Roots Festival… In 2016, my dear friend Ron “Moondog” Esser and I founded Band Together Pittsburgh, a community-based nonprofit organization that uses the power of music to enrich the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Ron had been organizing what he called the Pittsburgh Blues Festival for many years, so after we formed Band Together Pittsburgh, we transformed the annual Blues Fest into the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival in 2017, from which the proceeds benefit not only Band Together Pittsburgh, but also the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. The highlight of this wonderful event is witnessing the performances and contributions by those on the autism spectrum. For updated information, check out the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival website at www.PghBluesRootsFest.com.

A: Steamworks Creative, Gibsonia, PA… This is the venue where Band Together Pittsburgh hosts monthly Autism Friendly Open Mics and Drum Circles. After my son closed his business, we still had a lease on the space, so we decided to create an intimate venue tailored to solo, duo, and small band performances… a true “listening room.” This venue is dedicated to the performer, and as a result is designed to be free of distractions and unwanted noises. We encourage and welcome young people and those on the autism spectrum to perform and participate to the best of their ability.

Steamworks is a BYOB venue (except when noted for all ages events), and folks can also bring in food. It’s quite common to see our guests with fine wine and cheese trays or their favorite craft beer! We also sell coffee, soft drinks, and snacks, and parking is free. We typically charge a cover at the door though many events including open stages are voluntary donation only. Advanced online ticketing is used for some shows. For more details, please visitwww.SteamworksCreative.com.

Q: Let us know something about your future projects.
A: The new LLOW Play is in development. We will be making improvements and running it again. We’re going to add much more music than what folks heard in the original production, and we’ll be making other changes as well. There is even talk of a release of a soundtrack for the stage play on vinyl!

Q: What is your message to your fans?
A: I’m humbled by your interest in my music and your support.

Q: Any message for new artists?
A: Stay original, don’t waiver.