So Many Roads
Where were you born? Long Island. Where did you grow up? Mattituck, Long Island. When did you start playing music? I started playing the piano when I was really young like 4 or 5 and started playing the guitar when I was about fourteen. How many instruments do you play? Guitar, Piano, Harmonica and a little violin. Where's your favorite place to play? I used to really like to play on Block Island or at three mile Harbor in East Hampton but a lot has changed since then. Who's your favorite person to play with? I can't answer that it has the potential to make too many people mad at me. But Billy Walters and his two personalities have been playing with me since the beginning and we can read each other well, especially during unplugged shows. Influences? Dylan, The Beatles, Mason Jennings. What is in your CD player at home? I think Parachutes by Cold Play, August and Everything After, and The Magical Mystery Tour. When do you write most of your music? I write when I'm traveling, ideas come to me on a bus or train or subway. I think you have to keep moving in order to be a good songwriter. What did you do before you started making music? Snowboarded everyday, bartended, I liked getting people drunk, I was a lobsterman. I played a lot of shows at a lot of colleges when I was in college. When did you first record? I think I did my first demo in like six hours in the summer of 2002. What do you have in the works? I have a solo project that will be released hopefully in the beginning of June. It is just wrapping up. And the band I'm in will start laying the groundwork for a demo sometime this spring. Can you tell me about your band? Not my band, we are all just as much a part of it as the next person. We have just beenn billed as the Jon Divello Band for lack of a better name. We have been writing together lately rather than just playing JD Songs. Does making or playing music ever get boring? Frustrating, tiring, overwhelming yes but boring no never ever boring. Can you tell me a little about your upcoming record? It was recorded at Dumbo Studios In Chelsea. A few of the songs I recorded were first recorded on a demo called The Warehouse Sessions. Most the songs were written in a studio in an abandoned printing company warehouse. It was quite the place to write and play music just so much room and nothing but a bunch of equipment and a single lamp. The warehouse sat on the edge of the train tracks. Layng Martine III produced the record and Dan Meyers was the sound engineer.