Wolfgang Mozart mixed with Ne-Yo. Bach blended with the soulful sounds of Adele and soothing cords and progressions of a violin. These are a few of the characterizations used to describe violinist and performer, Josh Vietti. Josh brings a distinctive approach to music combining tones of classical with a wide variety of styles from pop to gospel, hip hop, jazz and country. He is a musician categorized as a hip-hop violinist, but Josh Vietti is more than that. He’s achieved so much by simply using his God given gift while not settling on his past accomplishments and remembering the people that have aided and motivated him.
Thought he always had, what he describes as “a natural inclination towards music”, Josh picked up the violin at the age of four at the encouragement of his mother while his father played “in the worship band at church.” All these years later, his influences have remained the same; as family, his wife and sons are his largest motivation. Josh’s “love for music” is his other big motivation having experienced a bit of a whirlwind journey since first picking up his beloved violin. He said, “I was a street performer for five years before getting my first break (playing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show). I literally commuted from Orange County to Los Angeles 5 days a week and hustled the streets selling demos, trying to get my career started while trying to make a living. I’ve been turned down from playing on America’s Got Talent 6 years in a row.” On the flip side, his most rewarding experiences are, “Playing on Ellen, ESPN last season, playing for and meeting Michael Jordan, playing at the Catalina and Seabreeze Jazz Festivals, opening for Earth Wind & Fire, Ne-Yo and Justin Moore, and most recently, making my new album Play To Win.” Having experienced his fair share of rejection, Josh is still hustling everyday pounding the pavement understanding that this is his passion and the way he makes a living to provide for his family,
That on the grind mentality is more than a mindset, it’s a way of life for Josh. He constantly picks songs to cover whether it’s by “request (or heckled) at shows and/or through social media or by simply hearing something on the radio as he is driving or listening to Pandora.” It has to be the right fit though as he refuses to do anything half ass. Josh has been working on his own original material as evident by his new album, Play to Win which includes four new originals, “Best Things in Life”, “Cruisin”, “Miami” and “Just Be You”. Each song has a special meaning to Josh with “Best Things in Life” being his proudest as it reminds him that “the best things in life really are free.” It’s a tribute to family and friends being what life is all about, as those are the simple things that can’t be bought. “Miami” he describes as his other favorite as, “On this particular song I made sure to book studio time at night and just felt the music and jammed it out. I think it came out pretty great. It’s a mixture of hip-hop, jazz and classical. It’s got a cool live feel to it as well.”
Even with all his success, Josh Vietti is still tenacious not forgetting those who have assisted him, especially on Play To Win. He said that, “If it weren’t for Harvey Vargas of Vargas Entertainment Group, Play To Win would not exist and thank you Harvey for believing in me and for making this project come alive.” Josh comprehends the work everyone put in to get the album completed, “From Kelvin Armstrong, who knocked the vocals out of the park on “Best Things in Life” all the way to Timothy Bailey Jr. who produced the whole album on the road in Europe as the bass player for Ariana Grande’s world tour.” Along with great success for his album Josh is hoping to achieve many things including, “I’d like to go back on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Even though I played on her show, I never got to meet her. That is a dream of mine. I would also like to perform on Jimmy Fallon’s show with The Roots band. He’s hilarious and his band is incredible. If I could open up for or perform with anyone specifically, I’d like to open up for someone like Adele, Usher, Sam Smith, Drake, Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, the Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder and Brian Culbertson. I also really want to play in Nashville. I’ve been to Tennessee many times and have performed in Memphis and Chattanooga, but never in Nashville. That would be awesome.”
With Play To Win slated for release, this year looks to be a promising one for Josh Vietti as he’ll be doing a lot of new YouTube videos and live performances across the country. You can catch him performing a lot of music from his new album Play To Win as well as some new special surprises at various tour stops including in Atlanta at the Suite Jazz Series with a full band in February, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, FL with a full band in late April, and a bunch of other festivals and club dates he’ll be playing at over the summer.
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