Photo by Alex Ferrari
In a city like Nashville there is no shortage of talent. You can walk in most venues any night of the week and be blown away by whatever incredible artist is performing. But, you see, there are amazing performers, and then there is Joey Hyde, who manages to stand out in a town flooded by talent. Perhaps it's because Hyde defies definition with his music that bends genres, or perhaps it's because when he performs he doesn't just own the stage, but the room, and the hearts of every music lover within earshot.
It seems only fitting then that the first single off Hyde's new self-titled EP is entitled "Losing It." I realize "Losing It" is meant to describe the early feelings you have in the new stages of romance, but I think it actually aptly describes the feelings concert-goers have the first time (and honestly every time) they see a Joey Hyde performance, because they will definitely be "losing it" over him.
The Reel Spin: First of all, congratulations on the EP. It has such an incredible energy, but there's also a real honesty to it as well. How did you go about selecting which songs you wanted to record?
Joey Hyde: All of the songs on this EP I wrote in the last year. I picked to cut these, because I felt lyrically, these songs showed exactly where I've been in the last year as a person. Up and down, these songs show who I am now.
TRS: I'm in love with the video for "Losing It" -- you really captured the essence of the song as well as the essence of who you are as a performer, which is no easy feat. Do you think performing live at Whiskey Jam helped?
Hyde: I actually called my friend Ward [Guenther] who runs Whiskey Jam the day I decided to make a video. I've been playing at Whiskey Jam for years and knew that the energy that comes with Whiskey Jam was exactly what I needed for the video.
TRS: "Rested Sober Drunk Hungover" is definitely the sexiest song on the EP. There's a bit of a bluesy feel to it as well... Was it fun to sort of go in a different direction on that particular track?
Hyde: "Rested Sober Drunk Hungover" was a really fun departure for me. I love that 50's and 60's Motown sound and never experimented with it for myself as an artist. This was my first time really taking a stab at it, and am so proud of how it turned out.
TRS: Most guitarists I encounter seem to name their favorite guitars... Any chance you name yours? I have a feeling yours would have really clever names...
Hyde: [Laughs] I don't name my guitars, but my favorite guitar is a really cheap POS. Not even made of wood. It's made of laminate. I call that one a countertop with strings.
TRS: At a recent show, I saw you do a cover of Bruno Mars' "Gorilla." Had I not known it was someone else's song, I would have thought it was yours by the way you attacked it. Your level of commitment even when covering a song makes your live shows a must see. Do you have any other covers you enjoy surprising fans with?
Hyde: One of my go to covers is "Sex On Fire" by Kings Of Leon. Anything that I can really open up on and dig into is what I want to be covering.
TRS: Anyone who enjoys your witty banter on stage, should definitely follow you on social media. It will not disappoint. We have to talk about your Instagram account. My favorite posts are the screenshots of the hilarious texts with your mom. What made you decide to start posting your conversations with her? And please don't stop posting them...
Hyde: My mom and I are really close. She knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about my life. She says it how it is, and sometimes it reads really funny. I'd be selfish to keep that shit to myself [laughs].
TRS: Anything else fans would be surprised to learn about you? (tattoos, secret desires to be a superhero, anything...)
Hyde: I'll give you this. My old man dream is to pick one piece of classical music, learn it inside out, and be the world renowned conductor for that piece. I've always loved watching great conductors lead an orchestra. The hand movements speak in a way that really moves me. Having that many amazing musicians literally at your fingertips is a powerful thing. I'd love to feel that someday.
For more on Joey Hyde:
Website - joeyhyde.com
Facebook - facebook.com/joeyhydemusic
Twitter - @joeyhyde
Instagram - @joeyhyde
Interview by Pamela Thomas