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Check out Joel DaSilva

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joel DaSilva.

Joel, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m an American/Brazilian/Ukrainian guitarist, singer, and songwriter. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and also Florida, where I live currently.
I would say that my sound is influenced by the Memphis vibes, the soul of Chicago, the Florida Swamp, the Mud, and the City stewed together in a tasty gumbo that is Joel DaSilva.

I tour often the states and overseas often, and I’m the son of traveling musicians from Brazil.

I lost my father at an early age in my life ( age 3), which had a profound impact on my life. I was raised by my mother, older brother, and various kind-hearted musicians.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I love just about any genre of music, but my main focus is music that moves you, makes the heart skip a beat.

I’m constantly working on my craft and always trying to be a better person as well. It’s in my blood and veins; I love to write and perform. It doesn’t always work out the way one wants it to ( life), but I believe deep down in my heart one day it will. …You just have to keep the faith and keep truckin’.

At the age of 18, I joined my first official band as the lead guitarist for “Junior Drinkwater and the Thirstquenchers”, then went onto swing rockabilly outfit “the Regulators”, after that I was signed to Columbia Records with Psychobilly/Rock and Roll band “the Underbellys” then for several years after that with the very popular high energy band “the Hep Cat Boo Daddies”.

I have five independent albums out now and more on the way.

Some of the artists I’ve worked alongside are: B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Stephen Gibb, Richie Supa, Vincent Del Basso, the White Stripes, A.C. Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Reverend Horton Heat, Foghat, Los Lobos, Leon Russell, the Black Crowes, Molly Hatchet, the Nighthawks, Edgar and Johnny Winter, JJ Grey, and Jimmie Vaughan.

Venues and Festivals that I’ve performed at so far are:
Montreal International Jazz and Blues Festival, The IBC Challenges in Memphis, European tours, Festivals, and performing with BB King and Buddy Guy, Los Angeles Art Festival, Mont Tremblant International Music Festival, Curaçao Music Festival, Sunfest, Riverwalk Blues Festival, and the San Diego Music and Roots Festival.

I also dabble in acting from time to time and have appeared in two independent films with his portrayal of “Sheriff Cousins” in the creepy noir indie film “Sleep,” featured in the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and California Film Festival. He also co-wrote the soundtrack for “Sleep” with electronica artist Kevin Kage.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Enjoy life, smile more, get good advice, ask for a second and third opinion, take a day off it’s worth it, go to the movies, kiss your loved ones, say thank you more, don’t be afraid to say no, life will throw you curveballs try and be positive, laugh out loud more, don’t give up, If someone doesn’t like your style it’s their loss, not yours, shine like the diamond that you are, try not to care what others think, be YOU, breathe, be in the moment. I could go on and on.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can follow my journey here on these links:

Website( for shows and more):

Email Contact:




Soundcloud Link for My Music:

Original Song “Michigan Girl” LIVE at Mont Tremblant Blues Festival in Canada:

Lyric Video for original song “Chasin’ The Sun”:

Contact Info:


Image Credit:
Jo Lopez
Zielinski Creative
Phil Brisse
Jay Skolnick
Janette Valentine

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