MAY 16, 2012

YouTube Sensation Joseph Vincent Shares His Musical Journey

member interview   |   By Privy Editor

Occupation: Musician 

Based in: Los Angeles

Last Education: UC Irvine


Joseph Vincent is an up-and-coming acoustic singer-songwriter whose sultry-smooth vocals match his Southern California upbringing. You may have seen his popular YouTube covers or heard him performing on national television. As a kid, Joseph’s ear for music extended to all genres, from hip-hop to pop to rock. Picking up his first guitar at the age of 15, Joseph started playing covers of two of his main musical influences: Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.

His YouTube channel has received over 145,000 subscribers and over 28 million total views, and he has over half a million plays on his MySpace page. Joseph went on to enter Kababayan Superstar, a contest produced by Southern California’s local Filipino news station Kababayan LA-18, and took the top prize. His LA gigs have included venues such as The House of Blues, The Knitting Factory, El Rey Theatre, The Roxy Theatre, and The Troubadour, but also includes smaller and more intimate venues and local coffee-shops. Proud of his Filipino heritage, Joseph performed at the 17th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in August of 2008, playing his MUSIC for the thousands of ears in attendance. In the summer of 2009, Joseph traveled to the Philippines and played his first show overseas at My Brother’s Mustache, a folk bar in Quezon City.

Joseph’s momentum continued throughout 2009. After launching an online voting contest, Australia-based Star Central Magazine named Joseph “Youtube Artist of the Year 2009.” In April 2010, Joseph was featured on NBC’s The Ellen Degeneres Show for their “Wonderful Web of Wonderment” segment, where he performed his acoustic cover of Iyaz’s “Replay.” Just weeks later, he was invited back as the featured artist to perform Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” for Ellen and her nationwide audience. With such an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades under his belt, the 22-year-old is writing new songs, recording in the studio and playing live shows in preparation for his official debut in the music industry. With a forthcoming mixtape and a solo album on the way, Joseph Vincent is positioned and ready for his big break.

1.   When did you first start making music?

When I picked up my first guitar at the age of 15. 



2.   Who or what are some of your inspirations?

My family, friends, life experiences (pain, happiness, sadness). In terms of musical inspirations: Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Bruno Mars, Michael Buble.



3.   YouTube has been such a powerful way to connect you to your fans, what is your most memorable fan interaction?