Band Name: Joe Fitzpatrick Music Songwriter
Song name: Better this way
Music Genre: singer songwriter Country
I live in... Portlaoise, co laois Ireland
This song is about...
my own life experience. From the age of 18, I wasn’t living a good life. I was involved in a lot of trouble and crime. Because foolishly back then I thought it was cool to be involved in that sort of life. It was like I couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong.
Well..... I did, but just didn’t care. I was on the wrong road in life. Back then I thought I was living the high life, loads of cash, friends etc. But one day at age 23, it all came to a head. I got caught for something I couldn’t walk away from nor talk my way out of.
This is where the song comes in. It’s basically about waking up one morning with my whole life changed. I lost everything I had. Rightly so, as it was ill gotten gains. But basically I got four years in prison for my crimes. All the so called friends I had were no where to be seen. Basically the song is really saying, living that life doesn’t pay, that you only end up in a worse place than you started. Thankfully I’m away from that life now for years and don’t intend going back. It took me a long time to gain the trust of my family and real friends again.
I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of but I was giving a chance to change and I took it with both hands.
I don’t want people to think that I’m some kind of low life but basically back in my late teens, early 20’s I wasn’t a good person but deep down inside, perhaps before I went to prison, I was looking for a way out.
I think most of my songs that I first wrote and recorded are basically a way for me to tell my story. I do feel guilty for the way I was and I suppose my music is giving me a chance to explain some of the reason for my actions, so this music is a story that needs to be told for my sanity.
I certainly have alot of things to write about. I have paranoid schizophrenia, acute anxiety and panic disorder sprinkled in with the occasional depression. lol.
How do you think this release represents your current direction?
To be honest I don’t think it really represents my exact direction. I think it was a story that just had to be told. Maybe for my own gratification I suppose. As I’m just starting out really, I don’t have a direction as such. I think when I’m a year into releasing and writing, I will have more of a scene of where I want the music to go.
For years of putting up a hard exterior, I still find it a small bit hard to show my true self. It’s just something I’m going to have to learn over time. All I can say is that I hope just to make music that people can relate to. Like the music I listen to from various musicians, lately I have being messing around with different styles.
Just the other night I wrote a kind of rap song. Now, if I do anything with it that is another matter. I just like to experiment sometimes with the music I’m creating. I have a good few songs in the pipe line, so when I have some spare time in between music releases, I like to change things up just to challenge myself.
What most inspires you?
Since I was a kid I always loved to sing. Then when I was in work during the day, I used to be painting away in new houses belting out some Luke Kelly from the Dubliners.
My favorite is Chris Cornell, may he rest in peace. He had such a talent for playing music, writing it, and I love his amazing voice. When I listen to him, he had this way of making you nearly feel every word. Of course, I could name out hundreds of musicians, but Chris really does it for me. I would just love to make people feel and understand the feeling of the stories of my songs like that. God knows I’ll never hold a candle to Chris but at least I’m telling my stories.
It’s my personal opinion that being a musician today is like trying to win the lotto.
There are so many musicians out there now that the competition is tight for new artists trying to break in. When I first showed my first song to Jacqueline Jax at AVA Live Radio in November not for one minute did I think “oh I’m going to be famous”. I know there’s a lot of talent out there but at the end of the day, if I know there’s people out there that want to listen to my songs, or can relate to them on some level. I think I’ve done my job.
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Interview March 13 at 2pm et
New Episode 687 Behind the Music with Joe Fitzpatrick on Better this way