Joe Notario


I have been playing off and on since 1982, but o have always been a fan. Music is my constant companion. I play in an acoustic group called Phoenix Sideshow. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.







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

Music has been a constant companion throughout my life. I need it like I need to breathe. Music is a gift that always satisfies me.

What is your music dream?

To write, record and perform music that puts a smile on peoples' faces.

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

Myself...and I am working on that one!

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Let It Be (Beatles)

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Jimi Hendrix, Jim Croce, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Johnny Shines, Howlin' Wolf

What inspires you to make music?

The buzz get when it all comes together. It is such a high for me.

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

Get together...laugh...and smile.

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

I get the same rush that I got while catching my first wave surfing in Hawaii. Riding a wave of pure energy and going with the flow without any resistance. Submission to the collective creative force of everyone in the room...Did I just write that ? LOL!!!

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

With the lockdowns and loss of venues, musicians have to find new ways of doing things. Think outside the box. Everything is different now. The only thing that remains the same is the inspiration to make music.

What do you think of Drooble?

I am new to it, but it's potential looks very powerful.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Having to work a day job to pay my bills.

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

I try to get out to see live music and listen to the new music on line.

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

Musicians need open minds and a variety of tools and material to broaden their appeal. Above all, you have to be a people person, genuine, and somewhat comfortable in your own skin.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Scary Monster, Kirk Folk, Alan White, mo7s,