Connecticut’s Female Emcee: Joanna Perricone

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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in rural Durham, Connecticut. At 15 I started getting into writing poetry and then slam poetry. When I was in high school, I remember hearing, "The Seed 2.0" by The Roots and it literally changed my world. I fell in love with hip hop. My best guy friend (also an emcee) told me to put my poetry to instrumentals...and the rest is history.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Be disciplined. Do one thing every day to move your music forward. It could be a tweet, attending a networking event, or writing a verse. Do SOMETHING!
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
As time goes on, I make less mistakes but during the unfortunate event that a mistake occurs, I push through it. I have a background in theater, so I was trained to "roll with the punches". The ability to improvise is key. The audience won't know you messed up unless you lead them to believe it.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I haven't toured....yet!
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I'm looking to work with a new audio engineer in 2017 that will take my music to the next level.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I used multiple channels to promote my music: social media, networking events, handing out mixtapes and reaching out directly to venues.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I'd like to perform with The Roots someday. I don't care where!
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I have big plans for 2017: I'd like to put together a live band, film a music video and release another EP.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
When I'm not making music, I work my 9-5.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
New music, more live performances and with a little bit of luck; a live band to back me for shows.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Shout out to Demar Hopkins and Kamaal Lowen at my music label, "Connecticut People Records", my support network and anyone that takes a few minutes to listen to my music.