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March 13, 2024 9 mins
Booker and Stryker have a sit down with the multi talented man of the Arts Joe Keery from the band DJO. Joe Talks about which came first "The Chicken or the Egg" or in his case, Music or Acting. Where his love for music came from and which is his favorite album. Did Booker and Stryker squeeze out any Stranger Things information? Listen in and find out!
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Booker and striker and our brand newfriend Joe. Hi, Joe car,
I'm Joe Hi. It's good tome. Yeah. Likewise, we've watched
your face on televisiones okay, butwe've been listening to your music for quite
a bit of time now. Congratulationson everything that's been going on. Man,
thank you so much. Yeah,thank you guys. We're looking forward

to getting sick of your songs.I know it might happen, very might
well happen. Isn't that the coolestthing? So? What came first?
The check out of the egg,the whole acting bug of the music thing.
The music thing came around when Isaw a School of Rock the movie.
Yeah, I was. I wasvery influenced by that. Me and
my friend started a little band,started playing music after that. Did you

know, just as a kid wouldmake movies and you know, did theater
camps. So I kind of wasalways interested in both. But I'd say,
I don't know, maybe ten elevensomething like that for music. After
you saw School of Rock and youstarted doing some music things with your buddy,
were you doing cover songs or originalsongs? You know? Actually,
pretty early on we were trying todo original songs. Actually, Yeah,

that was always yeah, you know, and then I think really in kind
of my late teens, I discoveredrecording music, and that is when I
kind of got maybe a little bitmore interested in songwriting and the production element
of stuff. So so yeah,it's always it's always been kind of the
early stuff stink, yeah, right, even the modern stuff stings nois man

wait for end of Beginning, whichwe're playing like crazy on our show and
on our station. Was that recordedin a full studio? And it was
that what year did you make that? Yeah? That was recorded in full
studio. That was here in Laat this place called Sound Factory, amazing
studio. A lot of great historywhat's going on was recorded there, like
some crazy cool and so that wasa unique song because it was like,

really was sort of the first fullsong that was done in a studio my
first experience. Other things that Ihad done up to that point, and
other songs on that record were youknow, pretty much fleshed out at home
and then vocals or drums were rerecorded at the studio, but this was
done fully that way. You've hada ton of success obviously on the television

side of things, and now youknow you're a musician as well. Is
there a thing where you kind ofhave to choose one of the other you
cool playing in both lanes. Sofar it hasn't come to that. Yeah,
and it's been really nice because,you know, acting the day job
has kind of yeah, I guesswhen the phone stops calling in that yeah
direction, I just kind of switchover and work on music. Have you

done a lot of live shows?Music shows? I've done a couple,
not a ton. I played hereat this place called the Moroccan Yep.
I played New York at the MusicHall of Williamsburg. Excuse me. I
played like a stay Shaking Ease inAtlanta, Lollapalooza in Chicago. Not a
lot. Who's on stage? Howmany people are on stage with you when
you're doing Joe Djo. Yes,it's me and my four friends, so

five of us. Wow, verycool. Huh. So I like listening
to the question. I forgot myquestion. Yeah, you know, when
I listened to the music, Isit and I think, Man, this
has an eighties flare to it,and yet you're on a show about the
eighties. It's just weird how you'rekind of trying and you went to school
in Chicago with John Hughes and thateighties sort of sound. Is this all

rubbed off on you or was thisall in you from the beginning. I'm
just from the past actually transferred.Maybe that's why we found it so well.
No, I don't know. Imean, I'm sure it's had an
influence on me, kind of beingsteeped in that for you know, as
long as I have been almost closeto ten years for the show. And
then I just really love music fromthat era, late seventies eighties. I

mean, I love all music,but I'm really interested in kind of you
know, studio production really before kindof computers, the advent of technology in
that way, and so that's kindof when that was when you were in
the studio in La Was they're aproducer with you, who was guiding you
or they were your ideas? Noone's going to take me off my vision
right now, doubt well. Idon't think I was that. But I've

worked with my good friend Adam Tynefor you know, we mixed the first
album together and then produce this andmix the second one. And then we
had David d. Chinchi, thisguy who was an engineer. He was
fantastic here in the in the studioin La but we but we did produce
it ourselves. What's the perfect albumto you? When you listen to it
and how it's produced and you say, I love that, and I want

my sound to be maybe not thesame, but equally as cool or the
same vibe. Well, there's alot of I mean, I feel like
that. There's so many directions Iguess to go with that, but I
really like, Man, that's aheart. I really like Breakfast in America.
I love that record. I feellike that to me, scratches you

could just tell that it's real,but you can also tell how talented the
musicians were and kind of how highor rumors. Maybe also because that does
it for me. It's an odeto Chicago. The song we're playing end
of beginning, Well, from whatI know, you weren't raised there.
Yeah, why Chicago is so importantto you? Well, it's about your

early twenties are so important, likeright after college. Yeah, the connections
that you make with people right beforeyou kind of get into your professional life
and you're still kind of figuring itout. And that's what Chicago was really
for me. So the song isabout as an adult, you know,
in my late twenties, coming backto that city and kind of remembering who
I was, what point I wasat, the ambitions I had to kind

of leave the city and to youknow, make it, I guess,
And it's about, you know,looking back on that and realizing how fundamental
and important it was and how kindof made me who I was. Really
is that last moment before you comebecome an adult exactly. You know.
That's kind of why it's called theend of beginning. It's kind of the

end of my sort of you know, childhood. Are you gonna tour?
What's your immediate plans? Like?What do you what do you do with
this thing that just is snowballing bythe moment? You got any ideas?
I don't know. That's what Ithought. Merch make great, including some
hats. Okay, I make somemerch. If you'd like me to be
your manager more genius ideas, Ithink, uh yeah, to play some

shows would be great. It wouldbe awesome because uh it's there's always kind
of some conflict with that side ofit, with doing uh TV because the
production side of it takes a while. But yeah, I mean my first
priority is to work on the show, finish Stranger Things, and then I'd
love to play some shows if youhave me. Wait, have you filmed
everything for Stranger Things? You knowexactly what's happening? Then? Right,

it's or are you still there moreto shoot? We're working, but I
can't confirm it tonight. Well that'sanything that I know or might not know.
Really, Yeah, I mean it'sgot to be just cool to be
an actor, number one, butto be on a show. But on
this show there are people that aremusicians and that are banded people. That's

great, that's great, But no, but aren't you like, damn it,
I wish I could have played thatrole or I had a guitar in
my hand, you know what Imean? Like, is there that sort
of looking at that character? Likeabout nobody nobody could have done that justice
like he did. He. Ifeel like he was just like the perfect

guy at the perfect time for that. So no, that's I couldn't tell
you. That's hard to come intothis cast. That's you know, so
grounded like he did pop and begreat and for us fans to go,
damn, this guy was great.I know he's a good guy. Hey,
Joe. A couple more questions aboutDe Paul and when you were living
in Chicago, how focused were youon acting in Chicago and did you audition

for commercials when you were there?Were you studying acting? Yeah, I
went to the Goodman School of Dramaat the Paul. Oh wow, I
was like an acting student and yeah, I did commercials and did bits on
TV show. You know, Iwas just trying to start out as an
actor. You're a man of thearts, I mean music and acting.

Was there ever a fallback, like, hey, I'm pretty good at math,
you know, not really? No, I always think about this though.
My parents really have the faith tojust send me off to acting school
is like, you know, theyreally were always so supportive, never made

me feel like there was a ceilingon my dreams, and they just were
amazing. So kudos really to them, because I feel like a lot of
people's parents put the fear of Godin them and make them think you better
have a backup plan. And theyjust really were motivating to me, and
you know, yeah, like pushedme out of the world and made me
kind of believe in myself. Haveyou thought about making merch yet or no?

Wait a second, you want tomanage it. He has a T
shirt company. He hasn't told you. No, I don't have any of
that. Hey, we are sohappy for you as the artist. Thank
you are and you're able to succeedin on this TV show that will live
forever in many ways. But you'recreating these songs that feel like you could
put it out in the late seventies, eighties, nineties, whatever and it'll

be there. So great job onthe authentic release of your arts. Man.
Thank you. Yeah, well,his name is Joe. We're booker
and striker. You know us.Thank you for spending a moment with us.
We appreciate you and best of luck. Thank you for having me.
Yeah, I hope to see youguys soon.
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