As an artist and performer, Joey Sykes has opened or shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary artists, including Bryan Adams, Don Henley, Daryl Hall & John Oates and The Eurythmics. His guitar work with bands like Coward, Meredith Brooks and The Babys has earned his slots playing on some of the biggest stages in America and his songwriting prowess has found equal success on albums as well as major network TV shows and movies like “Nashville,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Daddy Day Camp”. In the grand scheme of things, you could say that Sykes’ work speaks for itself.
In addition to his current work as a member of The Babys (who are presently celebrating the release of their own new album and tour), Sykes has launched an Indigogo campaign to help fund his exciting new solo album project. It’s an album that promises to be an honest, real representation of Joey Sykes as a singer/songwriter and artist.
I recently caught up with Sykes to get more insight into his new project as well as an update on The Babys new tour and album.
How has the reaction been to the new Babys album and tour?
It’s been great. We recently got back from Florida and have some more California and Midwest dates coming up. We’ve been proving the band and the reaction has been amazing. There’s a real sense of awareness people have when they hear the new band. We’re in it for real.
What made you decide to start an Indigogo campaign for your upcoming solo album?
Even though I wrote a lot of the songs on The Babys new record, some people may know me only as a songwriter and not as an artist. So I decided to put together a record, involve some of the people I’m friends with and do it the real way. Whether it was my time with the band Coward or with Meredith Brooks or even now with The Babys, this new album is the best way to get out there and show people the whole gambit of what I can do as a songwriter, singer, guitarist and producer.
Click here to see Joey Sykes discuss the new Indigogo project.
How would you describe your sound?
The name of the record is called ‘Classic New Rock’. I like to think of my sound as “English meets Classic” but when you hear it, it sounds new. It’s new rock but with classic influences.
As a songwriter how did you determine which songs to include on the new album?
I had so many songs that were contenders for the sound I wanted to put down on this record but these are the best of the best. I even have a song on the record that I wrote in Nashville with a country influence. It’s the one song that won’t have any electric guitars or drums. It’s all organic instruments: acoustics guitars, mandolin, accordion and a lot of vintage keyboards. It’s a great song with a powerful lyric.
Who are some of the guests you have lined up for this project?
The drummers are Kenny Aronoff (John Fogarty, Stevie Nicks, Elton John), Josh Frees (Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements), Nate Morton (Madonna, Vanessa Carlton)Tony Brock (The Babys) and Alan Hertz (Scott Henderson Trio). On keyboards there’s Arlan Schierbaum (Joe Bonamassa) and Jamie Muhoberac (Rolling Stones, Phil Collins). Wally Stocker (The Babys) even has a guitar solo on the album as well!
What are some of the perks supporters can receive?
It has many of the usual rewards, which start with a digital download all the way to signed vinyl albums and private performances. But the one perk I think is really great is the custom song that I will write for someone. Maybe it could be something about your wife or your kid. There are so many different things you could do and it would be in whatever style of music you want it in. What’s cool is that the supporter would also be included 50/50 as a co-writer on the song. I would fully produce it and would then get it to the people who have my catalog and try to place it in movies or on TV. So, you could potentially make money off of the song that we write together. It’s a cool perk and would be very personal.
What excites you the most about this new Indigogo project?
I look forward to making the record I want to make without having to chase any genre. It’s exciting to steer it in the direction you want to go. The other thing is performing. I’ve performed my whole life and look forward to getting to the point to where I can put together a band and perform these songs live. That’s the real goal!