Q: Growing up, who were your musical influences?
My father was in the radio business since I was born. He was a DJ for a Spanish radio station. So the radio was ALWAYS on. Everything was in Spanish until I was old enough to start changing the station. I love a tons of 80’s rock, like Genesis, Journey, Toto, Sting, The Eagles. When I got into college, I dove all in with James Taylor and his music. He inspired me more than anyone.
Q: If you could describe your experience on “The Voice” in one word, what would it be and why?
Nerve-wracking. I would always get sick to my stomach before I performed. You NEVER knew what was going to happen results wise. However, it makes you stronger at handling the music business. If I could pick another word, it be ‘grateful.’ Grateful for the experience, all they’ve done for me and my career, and of course my wife and kids.
Q: What is the hardest part of being in the music industry?
Just BEING in the industry and being successful is hard. It’s not for the meek. Sometimes it doesn’t go your way, but you have to fight anyway. One of the hardest things for me is leaving my family for weeks at a time.
Q: I saw on your Twitter feed that you had performed “Purple Rain” at a concert, and got pretty emotional. What did Prince mean to you?
He’s a legend that we will never see again. He was so unique, and his music was so good and authentic. He resonated with me because he could play ANY instrument. I got choked up on stage that night for sure. I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that he won’t be around anymore.
Q: What is your favorite on your new album, “Gravity?”
God man, that’s tough! But I’m going to go with “My Perspective.” I wrote it about my relationship with my wife, and the struggles of being married to a musician. We’re on opposite coasts sometimes, but even at 3am we talk on the phone and talk about our day.
Q: How does it feel to be touring again?
Oh yes!! It’s been a few years since my last tour, so it’s exciting to go out and see all the people that support me.
Q: Excited about your show in Annapolis this week?
Yes! I’ve played Rams Head On Stage before, and the energy is incredible. Such a great atmosphere. Lots of fans come out each time. The support means the world!
Javier headlines Rams Head On Stage May 4th!
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