Our Issue 1 cover star, Mister Joe Black, has entertained audiences all over the world with his sinister sound and fabulous shows. With an imaginative array of instruments, including his iconic Ukulele, a vintage accordion, a Victorian Child’s piano and the even more obscure Garden Saw, Joe Black is a true cabaret legend and definitive ALT-MU so we couldn’t wait to probe him with our questions…
If you were to describe yourself in one sentence to readers that haven’t had the pleasure of being introduced to the macabre world of Joe Black, what would it be?
Bawdy? I’ll go with bawdy… Victorian music hall for the strangely inclined.
As our featured ALT-MU for issue 1, how would you describe your journey from someone who perhaps picked up your first instrument and simply enjoyed music or wrote songs, to the wildly entertaining dark comedic cabaret performer you are now?
It has been rocky. I’ve changed my mind on lots of things… Musically I have evolved in so many ways from when I first began, unsure as to what to do with myself; to now having quite a clear idea of what I want to become and what I want to perform.
You are obviously a very multi-talented performer. Do you believe this is important to be successful in the Cabaret world?
I think it’s important within any creative industry to have multiple skills. It’s hard work and if you can put your hand to multiple things, it’s likely that you’ll do the rounds more! Oooer.
It is hard to find anyone that hasn’t heard of you in the Cabaret circuit and with a quick look at your website, we can see that you travel the world performing. What is your secret to being noticed worldwide?
Hard work and networking. Making friends within the industry is very important. I don’t mean in a ‘scratch their back, they will scratch yours’ kinda way. I mean genuine friends helping each other out. It’s very important and feels great to pass the love on.
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Interview by Ruby Rebelle
Images by Scott Chalmers