El Paso Music Scene

Three Questions with Joey T of Mandola

by Charles Hurley
I saw a reference on Mandola's myspace page to their having had a number of musicians come and go over the last four years. So, I asked Joey T, their guitar player, a few questions about that and other things:

EPMS: You have been through a number of different musicians over the last four years, and you are the only guy that has been with the band the whole time. What have you learned by going through that, and what might you have done differently, if you could change anything?

Joey T CHARLES, MY FRIEND, IT TAKE A LOT OF DEDICATION TO BE IN MANDOLA. IF I COULD DONE THINGS DIFFERENT, I WOULD HAD REAL MUSICIANS, NOT HOT TOPIC POSERS. I THINK THAT REALLY HURT US, HAVING MEMBERS WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT ORIGINAL MUSIC.

EPMS: You recorded with Krank Studios. What was it like, working with Eddy Garcia?

Joey T RECORDING AT KRANK STUDIO WAS A BLAST. EDDIE KNOWS HIS MUSIC. WE GOT ALONG VERY WELL. I GO WAY BACK WITH THE BROTHER.

EPMS: How was it that Christian, your eleven-year-old drummer, came to be in the band?

Joey T CHRISTIAN, A FAN, LEARNED ALL OF MANDOLA MUSIC IN A WEEKEND, AND ASKED TO TRYOUT AFTER THE ORIGINAL DRUMMER COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH COMPLEX ARRANGEMENTS.