Honey River Interview with Joey Sykes
HONEY RIVER is a band that was started in 2016 by Matt Cermanski, Joey Sykes and Stephan Hovsepian. The sound is based on amazing songs and harmonies.
Interview with Joey Sykes
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views.com (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD What type of artist are you?~
JS I would say that we a hybrid of Alt-Country, Americana, and classic rock.
PD Tell us the brief history of yourself.~
JS We started in the fall of 2016. Lead singer Matt Cermanski was recommended to Joey Sykes by a mutual friend and that started it all. Stephan Hovsepian was someone that Joey had played with a few times. Matt was also on Season 5 of “The Voice.”
PD Who are your musical and non-musical influences?~
JS Musical influences are pretty wide ranging. Just to throw out a bunch, between the 3 of us…The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, The Band, Tom Petty, Beatles, Lucinda Williams. ELO (There are many more)…ps- Anyone “Non-musical”, we don’t care for…(ha)
Bringing great songs and music to people who want to listen and see it live
PD What are your dreams and goals?~
JS Bringing great songs and music to people who want to listen and see it live. As 3 people who grew up with music being the primary element in our lives, its hard to imagine any other way. If we can convert some people along the way, to our way of life, then we will have fulfilled some dreams and goals.
PD Who writes your songs, what are they about?~
JS We are all song writers.The subjects of the songs vary. Not too much Love, and Not much anger. A lot of life situations that would be relatable to a lot of people. We do have a video coming out to a song called “Peace, Love and Happiness”…So, there is a hopeful song…
PD How do you promote your band and shows?~
JS Good old word of mouth and all social Media platforms. Apparently , we’re pretty big in Dubai?
PD What do you think about downloading music online?~
We do have a video coming out to a song called “Peace, Love and Happiness”
JS The paying kind is always nice. It has sort of turned into an honor system..We are praying for a sudden influx of honest people.
PD What’s your outlook on the record industry today?~
JS Hoping someone can figure out a better way that songwriters who do it for a living, can actually make a living.And, we are also hoping that people are more inspired to go see live music.
PD What’s your claim to fame?~
JS Claiming that we are not famous…….YET
It has sort of turned into an honor system..We are praying for a sudden influx of honest people.
PD What are some of your pet peeves?~
JS When my cat misses the litter box.
PD What are the biggest obstacles for artists?~
JS Trying to work hard, stay the course, and somehow keep the drive at a high level, even when there are few outlets to take it to another level.
PD Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.~
More dates keep coming in. You should be there, because its always good to be a part of something successful
JS We will be at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday June 8, 7:30…We will also, be in Nashville at Family Wash on Sat June 3, 8:00…More dates keep coming in. You should be there, because its always good to be a part of something successful, early on. (just my opinion)…keep checking www.honeyrivermusic.com
Pete Devine March 2017
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Honey River performing at NAMM 2017 (Photo credit Billy Tuchscher)