Joe Whyte seems to have reached the point in his career that most singer/songwriters strive for. He is comfortable as a writer â€" even if that means knowing that less is more â€" and heâ€™s balanced the medium
of acoustic and electric guitars in his music.
Whiteâ€™s soon-to-be-released CD, The Lower 48, demonstrates his knack for taking an acoustic-based song through a complete electrical-coffee-shop-to-theater metamorphosis. The goal according to
Whyte: writing the best song possible; if only four chords are needed, thatâ€™s all the better.
â€śIâ€™m kind of proudest of my new record out of all of them,â€ť Whyte said.
To Whyte, a New Jersey-based artist, the album is the closest representation of who he is. While, in the past, he has released mainly rock records and followed them up with mostly acoustic shows, the
new album shows the full picture with both acoustic- and electric-based guitars, he said. Whyte strategically used the acoustic guitar on the recording to maintain the acoustic basis of his songs, which
consist of his signature sweet melodies and vast mood ranges.
Though he is still waiting to release the disc, he has already played its songs out live. He has found his audiences to be very receptive. "The reaction is absolutely overwhelming and itâ€™s not
even out yet,â€ť Whyte said.
Now that the CD is done, he will play out more and try to expose his new music to as many people as possible. Once it is released, he will seek distribution for it.
â€śI can focus more on playing live and putting the songs out there,â€ť Whyte said.
Taking trips through some highly-competitive music scenes like Hoboken, New York City and Ireland have fostered his development as a songwriter.
The scene in Ireland continues to boom with talent always being added. â€śItâ€™s pretty receptive to singer/songwriters, which is good, " Whyte said. American music still shows its presence on the
radio there. But, when you compare American radio to that of Ireland you will find more musicians who write their own songs in the latter, said Whyte.
Irelandâ€™s music industry is focused on career construction over one-hit-wonder creation, he said. â€śItâ€™s a little different than the American market where in 20 to 30 seconds they want to hear a chorus
or they change the channel,â€ť he said. â€śThey listen more there.â€ť
Here in the U.S., promotion has gotten easier with the Internet and sites like CD Baby, White said. However, as those types of sites have become flooded with musicians, being recognized on them has become
tough. It may have reached a level where anyone with a CD burner, microphone and guitar can try to make a name for themselves by going that route, he said.
Listeners must now sift through song after song and for every 40 that are sampled, â€śyou have five that blow you away,â€ť he said. Whyte, however, managed to achieve success on the nationally-known garageband.com,
which featured a track from his upcoming release during the week of Nov. 28.
His songs â€" some of which come from personal experiences â€" mainly focus on relationships. The key to telling a good story is taking the standard â€śboy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets stomped onâ€ť
approach and adding a new perspective to it, he said.
â€śHow to be new, and I donâ€™t want to say clever, but how to do it in a different way,â€ť he said.
And, of course, providing variety.
â€śNothing is really out of the realm of possibility of what I can write about,â€ť Whyte said.
[ Website: www.joewhyte.com ]