Contributor Rema LaTorre recently talked with Joe Settinery about his new song "Batman Cries" and much more! Read it HERE
By: Rema LaTorre
Rich vocals might be the best way to describe the music Joe Settineri brings. His latest single and music video "Batman Cries" takes that power and reaches out to all who struggle to overcome times of doubt and sorrow with the hope that they can overcome.
Do you feel that you are a latecomer to the music scene or does pop and adult contemporary have a wider window on their timeline of being an artist?
JPS: Yep. I’ve actually been at this for quite a while, but I do feel a little like a latecomer at times – but only for a short hot minute, and then I move on to creating my own journey.
Have you always written and performed this type of work?
JPS: Yes, I would say so -- I have always written similar types of songs with a similar emotive subjective matter, but I would say my sound has definitely progressed and changed over the years. I finally feel like my sound is my sound if that makes sense.
Your voice carries a strong vocal presence, were you involved in the stage singing as well?
JPS: Ha! Yes. Guilty as charged – here and there.
Can you share with us all the various people and their contributing talents to this song?
JPS: It was small but mighty crew and I love them all! Mike Krompass produced the song and also brings his crazy guitar skills to the picture. Scott Westervelt plays on it as well and he’s quite possibly the best piano player I’ve ever worked with. Ashley Clark added his trademark strings to the song at the end, and the whole thing just came alive.
"Batman Cries" is a song that many can identify with.
Did you write this particular song, and what drew you to the character Batman?
JPS: Yes – I wrote it. The song concept was perfect for Batman once I got started. The concept was about the strongest among us falling and trying to get back up. Of all the superheroes out there, I just felt like Batman had the toughest exterior emotionally and would be the least likely to crumble. What if he broke down? Let the debating begin.
Has the pop culture world resonated with this well?
JPS: It’s definitely been a mixed reaction across the board, but all in all I would say yes. It has sparked a conversation amongst lots of passionate people and I love that. I have also gotten a lot of messages from people everywhere who really connected with this song and that makes it all worth it.
Obviously, your song is doing well on streaming, your numbers are strong. That must feel pretty satisfying.
JPS: Thanks. Yes, It does feel good. I’m super happy that people are listening.
Previously this year you had released "Hello Goodbye" and now "Batman Cries" with each release what is your drive towards your ultimate goals for your music Joe?
JPS: My main goal is to create music that people want to hear and that people can connect with. We have another song (Oxygen) coming out in early 2019 and I’m excited to let people hear a different side of me. I’m just trying to keep the ball moving forward – musically.
As both of your releases seem to deal with things we all identify with, how can the public use this particular song "Batman Cries" to maybe help themselves or another person?
JPS: This song is all about examining our feelings when the strongest people in our lives (ourselves included) are down and out. Even the strongest people need a hand to get back up sometimes. It’s ok to need help. So, I think keeping that in mind while we observe the world around us … and within us … is really important. What if we simply lowered our expectations of those around us? And even more importantly, maybe we should lower our expectations of ourselves – just a little bit.
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