Josh Damigo

Josh Damigo is about to embark on a 3,000 mile trek, bringing his singer/songwriter talents to 30 different tour stops across the country. With momentum and a list of dos and don’ts learned from a similar tour last year to support his album Hope, Damigo has established a Kickstarter campaign to offset costs. Between packing, rehearsing, and doing the multitude of other things a completely independent artist (no help from a label here) does to prepare for a tour, we were able to sneak in a few questions about the upcoming shows.

1. Okay, so last year’s tour was a success and you are once again heading out on your own for another tour of the country. What are you looking forward to the most about this tour?

Traveling is always so much fun. Learning the “ins and outs” of different cities is cool. I love when I bump into someone from Seattle and can talk about the coffee shops in Queen Anne’s, or meet someone from Chicago and talk about my adventures on the “L”. The fact that a solo/acoustic/singer/songwriter can get in his car and go and just blend in with the city he’s in is an awesome feeling to me. There’s something nostalgic about it. The idea of not necessarily knowing where I’m going to sleep that night is radical and the fact that people pay me to do this is pretty fucking awesome. They say, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I definitely work my ass off, but the payoff makes it completely worth it. I never thought I’d be able to see the US like this.

2. You toured last year. Name one mistake you made that you definitely won’t make again.

I’ll call it “Shower Frequency.” The fact that I went a week without one still makes me cringe. I’m pretty germaphobic, so the idea of smelling my body like that doesn’t really entice me too much. This year, I’ll be packing a swimsuit and jumping into lakes with a bottle of Pert Plus, regularly, along the tour route. (Cringes. Yuck.)

3. Despite all the musical necessities you need to pack, what’s one non-musical thing you must take with you?

I’m the absolute worst with directions. I paid top dollar for a good navigation system. (Garmin Nuvi 3590LM) I get that people can do GPS on their phones, but having a completely separate directional apparatus allows me to breathe a little easier. This bad boy even reads audiobooks to me. I’d be surprised if I don’t finish a dozen books on the road. I may even take Spanish while I’m driving. Donde estan los banos?

4. If you are playing a room that’s not too familiar with your material (which I am sure has never happened), what’s your go-to song to win them over and why that song?

There’s a trick to winning over a crowd. Many of my favorite artists have taught me to lose my mind on stage. I have two “go-to” songs that usually help out. The first is “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears. That one works over a fun-loving crowd during sound check and usually allows them to know that I don’t take myself too seriously. I usually try to get them to sing along, and when they don’t, I cuss at them.

The second is my new song “Alright” that I wrote with B Willing James and Rob Deez. The song started with me telling B that I was, “pretty much a guitar away from being homeless.” He laughed and said, “Nah man… You’re gonna be alright,” and we spent the next 5 hours crafting a sing-a-longable goofy ass song about the worst things possible happening, but keeping a good attitude about it. I called Rob Deez up and asked him to add a verse, and 3 minutes after he walked into my house, the song was done. We made a goofy rough draft video that night and even my harshest critics have called it my best song. (I hate you, Peter Holslin.)

5. If you could take one San Diego musician with you, who would it be and why?

Rob Deez is the easy answer. He and I toured New England once, and it was one of the best times of my life. He has been one of my best co-writers and best friends for a few years. We’ll go months without talking, but then a big show will come up, and we’re right back where we started. Our band “The Big-Time, Mega Show” even got high acclaims from the Citybeat’s Local issue back in 2008. (And they hate everything….)

I’d truthfully love for Steve Poltz to take me on tour though. He’s been doing it the right way for years, and I feel like he’s been the single biggest influence on my stage presence since I started this shit show. I’ve always been a spaz, but he makes me look like a nun with his craziness. I’d love to see the world through his eyes. Do you have any pull with him? Hook me up.


Support Josh’s Kickstarter Campaign here and help him with a chance to share his talents across the U.S.

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