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Before Calamity – Six Crucial Questions for Musician Joseph Sant

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Brooklyn’s Joseph Sant didn’t set out to make a memorial EP.

But Before Calamity is exactly that: an indie rock tribute to Stirling Krusing, a lap and pedal steel player who contributed to the record before passing away.

The EP was once a collaboration with Krusing and other top musicians; now it’s a recognition of a lost friend.

Below, we learn more about Joseph, his take on music, and his love of the road.

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SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS FOR… 

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NAME: Joseph Sant

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

I’m one of five boys in my family. My oldest brother, Chester, was a huge Beach Boys fan. When I was five years old or so, he would conscript all of us into playing in a live Beach Boys band on our porch. He would bring out his radio, blast “Surfin’ USA,” and we’d all wield brooms, pots, and pans as instruments, and play to the cars driving by.

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

I would definitely share if I could think of a really embarrassing moment, but I think whenever something goes wrong or unexpectedly, I like to just laugh it off and play through it. I don’t like giving the audience any of my anxiety to deal with. People who come out to listen to music want to be transported and they’re usually very willing to move past something going sideways for a moment, if you let them.

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

I don’t really tour! But I love the road. Driving through beautiful country is always inspiring.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

Seattle has lots of great record stores, and when I lived in Seattle, it was Sonic Boom and Spin Cycle.

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

I go back and forth with all-time favorites. For a long stretch of time I could listen to “Just Like Honey” off Psychocandy by the Jesus and Mary Chain over and over again. I loved hearing the energy change in the song when the drum pattern adds in the snare on the first downbeat. Favorite songs become time markers after a while, and that’s a great feeling. I still get extremely attached to one song, listen on repeat, and it colors everything around for a stretch of time. The last song I did that with was “Andromeda” by Weyes Blood.

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

In my folly I would probably try to figure out on my own what the hell was happening, before calling anybody. I don’t ask for help, even when it’s really obvious I should! It’s a problem.

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Photos Courtesy of Joseph Sant, Noisy Ghost PR and Photographer Jessica Lin