Jay Genske


Just a good ole boy from a small town in Wisconsin hat has played music all his life and has way too many stories to tell.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

It has been my life and still is

What is your music dream?

After 43 years of performing I think I have filled most of my dreams. Though I have had a couple opportunities and not followed up to tour. So touring for a time with a national act would be about it. Or maybe do a good recording of one of my originals and see it get radio play. Maybe a gig at Red Rock

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Hard to answer in a short format lol. Make people understand that no matter the differences in our beliefs, politics, religion and whatever that we do not have to be fooled by the establishment that we should be divided and that if we all just learn to love and respect each other again we might save the world from ourselves.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Great balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Way too many to even start to mention. Lately I have been listening to The Danielle Nicole Band, Steepwater, Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, Laura Cox Band, and a lot of older blues guys

What inspires you to make music?

I was born this way.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Not sure, I just want people to enjoy it and be happy

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Like I am doing what I was designed for

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I can say it is hard reality. The music scene is not what it was the past 30 years or so. It is much harder to get local work and the money is actually less in comparison. The crappy economy he last 8 or 9 years has had a lot to do with that. I see it harder on many of my friends in national acts as well especially with the internet and technology and making money from selling their music. Improvements. Well I'd like to see musicians work to help each other and their bands rather than being so cut throat and competitive. It is hard out there and I think musicians working together can be more of a positive impact on the business than what we have now.

What do you think of Drooble?

Not sure yet just been here a half hour.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The local music scene. Dealing with clubs and club owners. And how bads will under cut and screw each other to get gigs. And that it seems there are 2 open jams in the area somewhere every night of the week where the clubs pay the hosts nothing and have been using them to replace (having actual bands) paying working bands a fair wage to play on the weekends.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I used to when I had nights off. Now I am older and raising a son not hardly at all. I do refer friends bands to clubs when they call me for gigs I cannot fill for them. That rarely comes back to me but i feel it is the right thing to do and hope it will catch on with other bands. We need to help each other out.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

No clue at all

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