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LOQUE / Blog

Lots Of Stuff... Objective: to stay relevant

There are many things that we are trying to get started and a lot of things already underway. For instance, the college radio campaign is already in week 5 and we are in heavy rotation at numerous stations across the country.

We just finished recording "Party Animals" with producer Jon Arbarca at The Bold Music Groups' studios in Manchester, CT. What a great experience and excellent job by everyone involved.

John Murphy from NBC has been following us around the past couple weeks filming scenes for our next music video "Party Animals". The video will be very cinematic and brilliantly depicting the overall message captured by the song itself.

We'll be back in the studio soon to finish an album that has been long overdue.

The actor and funny man from the late nineties, Pauly Shore, has requested "Bullets" by LOQUE and possibly "Party Animals" as well, to be in his next film. His documentary is in post production and he's in the process of scoring the soundtrack. We're very excited for this opportunity!

Another iron in the fire, we'll be hopefully linking up with PROMO FM who will be breaking us into the scene even further. They will be pitching "Bullets" and "Party Animals" to various companies and helping us get licensed for other movies, commercials, tv shows and video games.

Alot going on, alot to be excited about!! Please help us by following us on Twitter @loquemusic, subscribing to our youtube page http://www.youtube.com/loquemusic1, liking us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/loquemusic1 and downloading our single "Bullets" on iTunes. Thanks and have a great day!!

Interview

http://www.thealtreview.net/2013/03/13/unsigned-buzz-loque/

I've just been featured on SongCast

http://blog.songcastmusic.com/featured-artist-joe-gallagher-jr/

What’s your first musical memory? My first musical memory is entering a smoke filled room in my grandmother’s house where I found my uncle Robert and 4 hippie friends jamming away on their guitars to some old Grateful Dead tunes.

What artist inspires you? What artist inspires me? Currently, for me, I’m amazed by Shinedown. His vocals are a force to be reckoned with, the songwriting is fantastic and they’ve made astounding breakthroughs musically.

What’s your latest track or album? My latest track is called “Bullets.” It’s one of six songs being released come Christmas 2012 on a ep entitled “Warfare, Freedom and Sky Lights.” The song is about taking adversity and rising above it, pushing through, turning negatives from other people into positives that make me sing “situations come and I’ll be standing on top of the world”

What song or album do you HATE? I HATE cookie cut, printed and manufactured singers who get classified as artists but can’t write to save their lives.

What’s a song or album everyone should be listening to right now? Black Keys “El Camino” is by far one of the best albums I have ever come across. I love how engaged I become within the first 10 seconds of track one. The rest of the album just flows from one track to the next, saying everything it needs to say and then some.

What profession would you choose if you couldn’t choose music? If I couldn’t do music, I would be an international, covert operational, multilingual spy with special skills such as sword fighting, booby-trapping and wall climbing by way of grappling hook.

Tell us more about your local scene. My local scene is really not that bad. I got New Haven a half hour south and Hartford a half hour north and plenty of small bars to play in between. New Haven is where I play mostly, places like Toads and Stella Blues are my favorite spots.

As a performer, what would be your ‘perfect’ live experience? My perfect live performance would take place at Bonnaroo in Tennessee and I’d be looking out to a sea of people who are holding up lighters and who aggressively throw glow sticks into the crowd.

What aspect drew you to the particular genre of music that you now perform/write? At first, I was drawn to hip hop and reggae. This was before I could really play, sing or write songs. Then I got into country because of the deep emotion felt in most country songs but it wasn’t edgy enough for me so I then turned to alternative and started fusing all the influential genres together to create my own sound.

Share one personal event in your life that greatly influenced a song/album that you have created during your musical career. The album I’m currently working on has been derived from a multitude of experiences but the heaviest impact on this album was probably my decision to stop drinking and using drugs. I’m not saying that this album is “about” quitting my substance abuse but because I joined AA, I was able to move forward in parallel to my true potential. The album is about the struggle, the fights and the animosity . It’s about the liberation, freedom and the courage. It’s about seeing through a process from beginning to end without giving up.

Toads show opens new doors!!

As a result of another kick ass show, new doors have opened up. The main stage at toads will be ours to play a local artist showcase, up or on the rocks in Hartford will be blessed with our performance and blackstones/maloneys in Meriden wants us to rock out. All great things continue to happen so stay tuned in close! Thanks to all who made this last show incredible. I can't wait to see photos and video!

Big Thanks

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to all of you who have been instrumental on my path to success. My manager, Chris Rush for always having my back, guiding me in the right direction and taking care of the things I'm either incapable of or the things I just don't feel like doing. Johnny Sibrava, thanks for having my back as well and adding your brilliant lead guitar to some of my best work. Your abilities are electrifying! Destin and Charlie Brown for helping me make the most of my live performances. A special thanks to Destin for really getting the crowd up off their feet. Charlie, your business sense is especially helpful and truly an inspiration. On a personal level, Ryan Gallo, thanks for being there when I needed you the most, I would gladly do anything for you. I'd even walk across fire. Lol. Thanks to everyone else who has impacted my life in a meaningful way (there are too many to name). Your spirit lives inside of me. Thanks again.

Jonathan Sibrava
Jonathan Sibrava  (about 5 years ago)

You're welcome my brother! :D

Another Bio

Amongst many things, I am a very grateful singer/songwriter. I've been blessed by God and life has taken me down highways of incredible experience just like a fairy tale. Growing up, I became attracted to music at an early age. My uncle Robert and his friends used to jam in their living room and I always wanted play with them. Now I can and I have. I watched them as a fire inside me raged. That fire started 20 years ago. Before learning to play guitar, I would take songs from the radio and rewrite my own childish versions. Years later, I took my aspirations a step a further and learned guitar and started writing my own songs as well as covering other artists' material. I don't have a lot of covers under my belt but there are a few artists in various genres who's songs have struck a chord in me. Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley are important songwriters that have songs in which I felt inspired to learn and change around ever-so-slightly to make them my own. As for my original pieces, they dive into the spectrum head first and come out with either a rock ballad, an edgy/driven rock tune, a fast paced rap/rock song or a country twang all with catchy hooks and meaningful lyrics. When writing, I play with words and create images and feelings. I tell stories. I try to be completely honest and vulnerable and then watch in my mind and heart as the words manifest and then subsequently fall onto paper. I'll strum a few-mostly simple-chords, hum out a melody then apply the lyrics. Fortunately, I've lived through some amazing occurances which has ultimately led me to write over 75 songs. I don't remember them all and not all of them have a direct correlation to my experiences but the situations I've been in have seasoned my music and thus helped me create. I write about Love, God, Fighting, Desperation, and Emotions. Also, I'd like to add that I am bi-polar and an addict. There could be a whole chapter written on just what that diagnosis means to me and how it has affected my life in all aspects but for my music's sake, it has made me write incredibly depressing and wonderfully uplifting and inspiring songs. My childhood was colorful. I was active and ambitious, determined and accelerated in everything I touched but I moved around a lot. However, this gave me an impeccable skill at making friends in new places. It has morphed me into a charismatic and charming adult. Using my personality and talent, I have positioned myself to do big things with big people but only to help those who don't have what I posess. My goal is to become a historical figure. With music, I feel I'm writing my mark on the industry and there will come the time where I can wave a magic wand and fix the lives of those in suffering. That is my purpose. God has blessed me for a reason and it would be selfish if I didn't share those blessings.

New Song Ideas

Please feel free to message me with song titles/artists that you think I'd be fit to cover. I'm curious to see what you guys can come up with. Thanks.

People Are Exciting

I love connecting with people who have a positive impact on your life and it seems the more you try to achieve postive things and pursue positive/noble goals, the more these types of people enter the picture. It's fascinating to learn about how people evolve and create magnificent things so that the rest of us could wonder about it and be fascinated. I love to evolve and create magnificent things. Joe

New Beginnings

I'd just like to take a minute and announce that after two years of some unfortunate time off from my music career, I am making a return and intend on staying very busy, picking up from where I left off. So stay tuned for more updates, news, more music, videos and upcoming shows.