“For pain and pleasure are the twins that slightly out of focus spin around us till we finally understand that everything that gives us pleasure also gives us pain to measure it by” – The Residents ” Pain and Pleasure “
I took the liberty of going to not only friend, but someone I knew would give me good feedback on his knowledge of the music scene here in Panama City, FL. This particular individual in my opinion is the go to guy when it comes to the scene. I asked him a few simple questions; let’s see what he had to say.
So where did you come up with the name Joel Nobody ?
“Well, when I started making music I was pretty sure I wanted to use a name a little different than my given name. I like anonymity it conveys, while still being able to be identified with a name. It’s almost like having a name without having a name.”
Describe how Music makes you feel ?
” Good question.. At times music (like anything else) can be stressful (to listen to and to make).. But, I acknowledge it as a necessary stress, without it the soothing parts wouldn’t be as soothing.
What places here locally in Panama City would you recommend people go and Listen to music ?
I gotta say the music community has had it’s ups and downs about the last year and a half. But, as of right now I’m very grateful for awesome open minded venues like Zachary’s and The Fork and Spoon. Mckenzie Park (hopefully we’ll be doing more here soon!), and A&M are also great places to hear music.
Your interest in a more abstract sound is intriguing to me, Tell me do you have any goals or motives for revolutionizing this art ?
Well, if I think about it too much I feel like it’s harder than ever to do things that haven’t been done before. This is also a form of motivation to try new things just for the sake of trying them. As for as goals for revolutionizing, I would really like to bring experimental music to people who would not have otherwise had a chance to hear it. People have been making experimental music for nearly 100 years and it’s probably more misunderstood than most other genres, while I don’t feel like it’s something EVERYONE should hear, I’m always happy to play in front of new people and bridging different communities and musicians is a truly beautiful thing.
I agree with a lot of others here in Panama City, when we say the music scene is a battle we are all trying to keep alive. It sure is getting really difficult. With the more readers comes, more followers. Everyone should do their part in helping the panhandles music scene. HOW!? Now that’s simple just stop by any of the venue’s the city has to offer. I am first hand to also understand that sometimes you just can’t afford it. Trust me I know that all too well. Then just keep an eye out for public events. Get together with some friends and jam…