Pasquale Talarico

You know, we've talked a lot about the passion we see in the hundreds and hundreds of artists we've been lucky enough to interview here at PEV. It may be the greatest single trait an aspiring artist can possess. However, with that said, we really don't talk enough about dedication. And there be no better artist than today's feature, Pasquale Talarico, to focus on such a characteristic - Talarico, based out of Orange County, California, is a monument to dedication, and his latest release "My Everything" is the testament.

Pasquale gets into it: "When I got into the studio, I just wanted to do something 'different'. I felt that there are some amazing worship artists, contemporary Christian artists out there to listen to, but when people hear me, I wanted them to say, he brings something 'new' to the table. I wanted to create a work that was relevant to people and their lives." Quite the motivation. Check out "My Everything" and see for yourself. There's much more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ's.

XXQs: Pasquale Talarico (PEV): Coming out of Orange County, California, what kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?  

Pasquale Talarico (PT): Growing up in the OC, SKA was pretty dominant at the time. I wasn't a huge fan of it, so I gravitated towards rock and heavy metal. I would say back then, Metallica, Guns and Roses and TOOL were big in my musical life. I dabbled with some grunge, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and of course, Nirvana! Right out of high school. I played in a pop/punk group with a bunch of friends from high school. It was at a friend's birthday party and we showcased our musical prowess with some Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam and Jimmy Hendrix covers. We were pretty terrible! But our friends continued to support us. Several of those guys would later start a popular local ska band, "Save Ferris" and enjoy some great success.
PEV: What was it like for you when you first started out and making the transition to professional musician?
PT: I just didn't realize how much work it was...It felt like you were always "on" and trying to talk about your music. When you weren't talking about it, you were writing and jamming with friends so I could get better. Music became part of who you were and who I am today.
PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?
PT: I think that really happened when I started writing worship music. I was sitting in chapel with some co-workers and I said, "what do you think about this tune?" and they said "that is killer, who wrote that?". That was the moment that I thought, "maybe I can write?"
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Pasquale Talarico show?
PT: Playing live is my passion. I feel like you get to become someone else on stage. You take on the energy and passion of your audience and you get to give them even more back. Fans will know that I will give them 110%! It will be something different than they are used to and that they will get to listen  to some pretty fantastic musicians. My band is very talented and I surround myself with guys and girls who continue to make me better as a musician!
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?  
PT: "Thank You God!" I am just grateful to get the opportunity to pray with people and to share my music. I think the "opportunity" is a special gift that many people don't get the chance to receive. In return, I owe the fans something that will make them want to come back again
PEV:  What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?
PT: My inspiration is just my daily walk with God. Each day, I try to just "listen" and "watch" what happens around me each and every day. Life is the greatest fountain of inspiration  that I could ask for!
PEV: Tell us about your latest release, “My Everything”. What can fans expect from this work?
PT: When I got into the studio, I just wanted to do something "different". I felt  that there are some amazing worship artists, contemporary Christian artists out there to listen to, but when people hear me, I wanted them to say, he brings something "new" to the table. I wanted to create a work that was relevant to people and  their lives.
PEV: Describe the kind of mindset you had to be in to create this album?  
PT: I had to be willing to listen and trust. You go into the project thinking how it should be but then you have to trust your producer and the musicians will help to create and develop your vision. They did just that and I am SO pleased with the album!
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Pasquale Talarico?
PT: I am a huge baseball fan and have coached high school baseball for nine years.
PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew you wanted music to be a large part of your life, if not the biggest part?
PT: I think now than more than ever, I hope that music becomes what I get to do with my life. I get the most joy in singing songs for my God and being able to bring that excitement and energy to the stage  to share with so many people from young to old.
PEV: What one word best describes Pasquale Talarico?
PT: Grateful.
PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?
PT: I haven't had much extensive road experience as of yet, but what I have has been an adventure. From trying to convince flight attendants to allow an expensive acoustic guitar on the plane, to making connections to be at the soundcheck on time. It has been exciting and I am looking forward to getting more opportunity to be on the road to share my music.
PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
PT: I would love to play to some of the churches in Europe, especially Italy. I just feel that it would be inspiring to sing praises to our Lord in some of the most beautiful churches in the world.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?
PT: My family has been fantastic. All help support the album and continue to be passionate about my direction in music. My wife has been my greatest fan and was the main reason I ended up recording the new album. She would remind me  that what I was doing was "good" and it was time to share it with the world. My hometown fans are amazing. Show after show, they come out wearing their Pasquale T-shirts and it blows me away. I still get a kick when someone asks me for an autograph or one of my picks, but am very glad to do it for them!
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
PT: Aside from playing music, I am spending time with my little girl Gianna, my wife Maurissa and patiently awaiting our second child at the end of September. I also spend a lot of time at parishes in my area leading prayer and worship for youth groups. I try and visit local parishes a couple times a month to hang out with the teens and hear their story. THEY are the REAL inspiration in faith.
PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
PT: I am really beginning to love All Songs and Daughters. Their music speaks so much truth. I also listen to my friend Nick Myers a lot. He is extremely talented and a GREAT man of God.
PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?
PT: Hmmm, probably what I am doing now. I love working with the teens and sharing the journey with them. As a campus minister, I am blessed to meet so many wonderful people who all desire to grow closer in faith.
PEV: So, what is next for Pasquale Talarico?
PT: I plan on playing as much as possible and getting more people to listen. God willing, I will continue to enjoy this ride for a long time and God will continue to bless me with the opportunity to minister to others with my music.
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