KEITH MONACCHIO has been bringing his incredible songwriting abilities
to listeners up and down the eastern seaboard for quite some time now. Fortunately
for me, he was available this past Sunday evening for a sit down interview
with ROCK ON RADIO.
Monacchio, after years in two very well-known and successful bands (The
Semi-beings & The Commons), has decided to launch a solo career. His debut
solo CD, titled "The Long Evening," is due to be released at his CD release
party on February 5th in Princeton, NJ.
"The Long Evening" is a nine-song collection based on life experiences,
lost love(s), and years of hard knocks. Narrowing "The Long Evening" down
to its nine-song content was no easy task. Monacchio started by looking
at the forty-song catalog of material that he'd even consider for a full-length
CD. From there he narrowed it down to sixteen, then eventually down to the
He chose the final nine based on a theory: this being that he wanted
the songs to run in a sequence where the listener would not want to "turn
the CD off." Off of the CD we played two tracks: "Novocain" and "Under The
Streetlight," the latter a duet with Jersey's own JO WYMER.
Live in studio Monacchio performed two more, "Indaian Jones" and "She
Look for Monacchio on TV also. Previously, he's had songs featured on
MTV's "8th & Ocean," "The Real World," and several other shows on various
networks. This season his music is supposed to be featured on The Discovery
Channel's "Deadliest Catch."
When I asked him how he achieved this feat, his response was one of persistence.
He mentioned how he would watch the credits at the end of shows, find out
who the music coordinator was, and then began to send e-mails and MP3s as
often as possible. "Once you get friendly with one, they talk among each
other" he said. Going on to state "you need to be thick skinned in the music
business. Don't be afraid to hear the word NO."
If you would like to find out more about one of the more popular singer/songwriters
in the state of New Jersey, you can do so at
His CD release party for "The Long Evening" is scheduled for February
5, 2010 at the Paul Robeson Center, which is located in Princeton, NJ at
102 Witherspoon Street. This is a Friday evening and it's an all-ages show.
This Sunday, Jan. 10, my guest on ROCK ON RADIO is Trenton, NJ-area artist
KELLY CARVIN (www.myspace.com/kellycarvin).
This incredibly talented singer/songwriter has made it through a round of
the "American Idol" competition as well as been featured on TV and in print.
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