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5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –
Giuseppe (Joe) Freda was born in Italy. At an early age of 12, he developed a passion for the guitar and music writing.
After moving to the USA from Italy, he had music lessons for two years before attending the Boston Conservatory of Music, concentrating on classical guitar.
Soon, after he realized that his performance needed to be more versatile, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he concentrated in jazz writing.
Influenced by opera composers like Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, and contemporary artists like George Benson, Paco de Lucía, Al di Meola, John McLaughlin, and others, he developed versatile musical abilities where he can incorporate different styles of music to create unique musical compositions.
SD: How much of your childhood history involved music?
JF: Growing up, my family was very musical. Music was always filling out home. At nine years old, I was writing music and started performing with my older brother. Music is a beautiful thing and I love how it affects us in different ways.
SD: How did you settle on the guitar?
JF: My older brother was playing the guitar. Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin were big and I wanted to play like them. I am self-taught. I read books and practiced a lot.
SD: As a songwriter, what’s the most important element in your writing?
JF: When I write a song and then it is sung and the performer makes it better.
SD: What is your approach to the interpretation and connection between the songs when writing a crossover version?
JF: I have always love putting bass, piano and guitar into a classical piece making it sound more like pop music. Our music and sound is for everyone, but adding this mixture it really brings in the younger crowds.
SD: What are the benefits and challenges of working with your brother?
JF: I know how Tony sings. I can write a song for him based on his voice. Being brothers, we can work at any time and we both understand each other and how the other works. I don’t believe we have any challenges. We have no limits, that’s the beauty of our musical partnership.