An Interview With Joel Lee
A new release from Joel Lee brings out a fiery and high energy good time in the form of a country swinging banger that becomes such a party anthem that it's nearly impossible not to pay attention to it.
"This Party Ain't Over" is completely fun and danceable from beginning to end while vocals are right in your face and welcoming as hell along with guitars that shine with that perfect balance of edginess and color which follow right along with the presence of the vocals.
All of these wonderful elements create a song that comes at you with open arms like a hug from a loved one.
No sir, Joel Lee is not ready to turn off that light because with this track the good times don't end.
This is a great song for an actual party of course but it's also a great song to dance to and sing along with because it's got such gigantic hooks to it and all these amazing staples of country rock songs that you hear on the radio.
This single is an absolute contender to all that stuff because it's got everything that you could ask for from a song like this plus more.
Now, here's the real deal. This song is built as a single and it works like a charm. As a matter of fact, it comes off charming as anything but to have a song like this work the way it's supposed to, the delivery has to be on point.
And by God is it on point with this one. You have to have a certain character come to life with a single like this and Joel does it flawlessly.
So much so that you kind of get an itch to see him perform live just because that energy is so damn infectious.
This is one of the most astounding parts of this track. That energy is not really over the top, but it's just right, always at a point of peak and you come out of it feeling like you're his friend.
It's almost like you just left the party when the song ends. And the best way to satiate that, is to play the song again. Pretty smart songwriting if you ask me.
What's almost better than the song itself is the accompanying music video for it because it's then that you get to see Joel and his presence with your eyes and that itself pushes the song past that boundary.
This was a soiree of a country banger and it needs to be heard by all that want to have a good time because it doesn't get much better than this.
A genuine country rock party anthem is something all fans want to hear and with its release, we wanted to have a sit down with Joel Lee just to find out more about the single, where it actually came from, and what might be coming up next for the artist.
Here's what went down.
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you musically?
My father was a country singer (Bobby Wiggers and the hideaways) back in the 60’s and 70’s on the east coast of Canada… he had shared stages in honkytonk bars with Hank Williams jr, Willie Nelson and Johnny cash to name a few, he would also sit in on bass on the popular Tommy Hunter tv show, haha that’s a throwback! My dad taught me some chords and then as it should be I taught my sons to play music and we formed the rock trio “Braeden Marshal” which I fronted, we toured for almost a decade opening for artists like Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee and Emerson Drive to the likes of Prism, the Headpins, Glass Tiger and the Washboard Union to name a few… as my sons grew older they needed a break from band life and find there place so I took the opportunity to return to my roots in Country music. I ended up in Nashville at Blackbird Studio with the Washboard Unions bass player Brent Farva and recorded my first country EP.
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
Typically, those closest to me inspire my music, wether it be a relationship struggle or my own mistakes, something difficult that I am experiencing or just writing a fun song to get folks up and dancing or something cool to drink too lol.
Buzz Slayers: This song has some great styles combinations on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
My all-time favourite artists include Tom Petty and Cheryl Crow, Billy talent, The Kings of Leon, Def Leopard, Morgan Wallen, Jo dee Messina, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban… so yeah, a real mix.
Buzz Slayers: The video for this single was so good! Did it take long to work out?
Thank you so much, I produced the video myself with the help of a film/cameraman… I am a visual artist and love to put image to my music as it for me completes the artistic process. Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I am a full-time tattoo artist and own a shop on Vancouver Island called “Old City Tattoo “I’m booked into 2024 so I have to really manage my time well to put the effort needed to be successful in both my tattoo career as well as my greatest passion music… I play and write every day and can be found drawing till 2am for my tattoo clients… the way I see it I can sleep when I’m dead hahaha!
Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
My son put me onto a band called Manchester Orchestra. I love their vibe, so they have been on repeat for several weeks! Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
My band and I have just started booking live shows as I formed my live band about 2 months ago, our first show is a headlining gig at a cool venue at “Superior Farms” it’s an outdoor summer concert series and we are excited to light up the valley with our music for the first time! Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this?
I have an amazing home studio where I do all my demos and final vocals etc but I have had the pleasure of recording in a few of the best studios on the planet… The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver BC (Bryan Adam’s) as well as Blackbird Studio (Nashville - John and Martina McBride)
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
A lot of new music and some long-awaited tour dates.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I write my songs with my fans in mind, I really appreciate their love and support, so my wish is that in some way my music, voice, guitar and smile in some small way better their lives… basically just wanted them to know I am forever grateful as I am grateful to you for taking the time to interview me.