John Vento, songwriter and musician, joins SPC host David Delmar to share his success formula. John found the ability to connect and collaborate with other musicians to write and record high level albums. While battling health issues, like cancer, John received clarity about how to make drastic headway in his life and career. Tune in to hear how he overcame adversities and found his success formula for life.
Hello, this is David Delmar, your host of SuperPower Creatives, and you’re listening to our episode Music: A Success Formula for Life.
I believe everyone is a creator, and it’s this inherent birthright that’s the source of our superpowers. Stepping into this person core is scary though. This show celebrates creatives that stayed true to who they really are, making a living using their creative super powers. The stories they share will excite and inspire listeners to do the same, making positive change in the world.
I’m so excited to welcome our guest for today’s show. He’s a true person of character, expressed musically, that carries right through into his life, and a creative who looks at the proverbial box and knows there is no way he could ever allow himself to stay stuck in such a place in his music or his life.
John Vento is often called a chameleon in the Pittsburgh music scene and while his critics may use the term as a pejorative, it’s a compliment to him because he understands that they’re just frustrated. They’re motivated by that sense of wanting to know definitive, but the inability to lock in him into a specific music style is kind of how he rolls. And they just have to kind of roll with it because they don’t have any choice. So, after all, he’s been the front man of the high-energy, hard-rocking bands like The Businessmen and the Nied’s Hotel Band and is known for his introspective, brooding solo recordings, which, you know what, is pretty fascinating, I think.
But here’s the thing: Rather than a drawback, Vento, he considers such diversity to be among his strengths and his fans agree. They relish in his tumultuous trek toward achieving his artistic vision, which he accomplishes by channeling of eclectic influences through his own raw emotions, which I dig, as a fellow musician. That’s the stuff. Helping to engineer the rollercoaster ride is a stout core of collaborators, including John Randall Fox, Tim Hadley, and Frank Ferraro, along with renowned playwright and lyricist Emil Hartmann.
Many members of this crew have been with him for more than a decade. I mean, it’s pretty easy to understand why. As he consistently showers them with appreciation and accolades because those are well-earned, and he’s one that likes to recognize a job well done. He himself, a one of a kind performer, he professes a great distaste for the word “solo.” “Without my collaborators,” his thought is, “I would not have accomplished anything.” It’s no surprise to those who