What is your stage name?
My name is Julio Iglesias. But many people call me Corey Durkin. Some people call me Captain of the Grilled Cheese.
What is your genre of music?
I call my music coffee-house arena rock but I’ve also been called the “14th-best I’m a big fan of Norwegian string-polka xylophonist in the second-half of the early aughts” so it all kind of depends on the day.
Give us a little bio about you.
Oh man. Well. This one time at band camp, I never actually went to band camp. BUT I would say that my bio mostly focuses around the life lessons I learned through watching M*A*S*H and Cheers with my Dad…I really learned a lot about triage units in the Korean conflict and also the genesis of Kirstie Alley’s career which, I think, are wildly important and highly underrated keys to a successful and happy life.
Are you signed?
I am not signed. But I once signed an old man’s walker and a Wheaties box for the ambassador to Cleveland.
You released your new album ‘Beyond The Village’, tell us more about it.
That album is really for people who don’t like cities. Cities are very crowded. Towns, less so. Villages, even less so! But hamlets – THAT’S where the magic happens. Widely agreed upon as being smaller than a village, a hamlet is a quiet little place for contemplation, creation and peace. That’s where this album lays. (also, I remember a lesson in grade school where I was taught that “lay” and “lie” are widely misused so while I DO know that fact, I DON’T know if i’m using ‘lays’ correctly, here. I think I am.)
What was the writing process like?
Beyond the Village was written over the course of several years. My first album, Go Easy, was released in 1978 and BTV was released at the end of 2016. So, it was a little bit of a gap.
What was the recording process like?
It was a fun adventure to record that record…I was living in Florida at the time and was flying back and forth to the studio in DC to make it…it was really a trip to be running on the beach in the morning, listening to rough mixes come back from the studio.
Who did you work on the Album with?
I worked on Beyond the Village with Kit Karlson and Chip Johnson, two great friends and unreal musicians who own a studio called Alpine Red in DC.
What message are you trying to get out?
Honestly, I really want to get the message out that people should use iPhones. The corporate overlords thing is a real thing but more importantly, it’s super annoying when I text someone and the texts turn green. If we were ALL on iPhones, we’d all have nice blue texts that say ‘delivered’ and communication is the key to strong relationships and so I think that is a very important iMessage.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
“Slow Motion” by Juvenile.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t sweat the small stuff because it’s all the small stuff unless you’re in Phoenix and it’s 174 degrees and then it’s just your body’s way of cooling itself down and releasing toxins so it’s ok to sweat then.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Don’t worry about making your art too precious. You’ll make more. Get more songs written, more paintings painted, more sculptures…sculpted…just get more shots on goal & the threads of inspiration from massive amounts of creativity, whether good or bad, will find their connection points into other human beings. Or…they won’t. And if that’s the case, Starbucks has a great healthcare plan for part-time employees.