Joshua Merello is a self-taught musician whose solo acoustic guitar music represents "a reflection of my own state of mind: the depression and anxiety that most of us tend to deal with, and the joy of living that comes from growing beyond a mental illness." With his first album, Equilibrium, Merello creates contemplative music for chaotic times. It is a pleasure to share an interview with Joshua Merello about his musical background, touring and creative process.
You describe yourself as a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. How many instruments do you play? What got you started with playing music?
I started playing music when I was around 13 years old. My family always had a guitar lying around the house, and my older brother's friends would jam on it when they'd visit. As soon as I heard them play a couple Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin riffs, I was hooked. I still have plenty of fun in my free time playing rock music, but classical/Latin guitar gives me life. Guitar is my primary focus, but I also play mandolin, ukulele, and banjo.