INTERVIEW WITH VINCENT FIORELLO FOR THE EIY HANDBOOK
“Bands get famous on being undiscovered, if that makes sense. A great band always stays great, and the rest of the world just happens to catch up with them — sometimes for a decade, sometimes just for a show.”
VINCENT FIORELLO, 35
MUSICIAN (Less Than Jake), LABEL OWNER (Paper + Plastick)
YEARS IN MUSIC: 19
ON THE WEB: paperandplastick.com
ROLES: LTJ – drummer/lyricist; P+P – owner/operator
WHAT FIRST GOT YOU INTERESTED IN MUSIC? Kiss “Alive 2″ on vinyl. After putting that record on, I knew that I had to be in a band. I was 9.
WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED? I started in bands as a teenager just to get out of our small town, and that grew into wanting to express what was inside my head.
HAVE YOU ACHIEVED THOSE GOALS? Achieved them ten-fold.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS NOW? Striving to continue to express myself musically, but also helping young bands by releasing music on Paper And Plastick.
WERE YOU ALWAYS ON THE PATH THAT YOU’RE ON NOW? This has been the same path I’ve been on since I was nine. I’m sure there have been a few pit stops, but my first love has always been music.
WHAT HAVE YOU HAD TO SACRIFICE? Family, finances, relationships, health.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU ON A DAILY BASIS? Music, graphic art, typefaces, books.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR SUCCESS HAS COME FROM LUCK? TALENT? HARD WORK? I think equal parts of all three.
HOW HAVE YOU MEASURED YOUR SUCCESS? I’m a goal-oriented person, so when I set out to do something, I measure my successes by completing them.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS? Doing what I want to do, when I want to do it.
DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS SO FAR? No regrets, never looking back, only forward.
Read Vinnie’s answers to 50 questions about music and the music business in the EIY HANDBOOK, available in print or eBook version at www.earnityourself.com
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