Joshua Messick | Part 1 of 2

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Asheville, North Carolina-based National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Joshua Messick, breathes new life into an ancient, enchanting instrument. Be transported as he weaves cinematic stylings and endless imagination with virtuosic performances. A beautiful and captivating listening experience, Joshua’s musical artistry is influenced by Celtic, World, Renaissance, Folk, and Classical music.

In this fascinating interview, Joshua discusses:

  • How he found his life’s calling at the age of 4.
  • A brief history of the hammered dulcimer
  • A description of the physical features and range of the instrument
  • What it takes to be a national champion of the hammered dulcimer and a healthy view of competition
  • His decision to give up a steady job and “make it happen” as a MusicPreneur.
  • Key quote: “If you have passion without purpose, you’ll never make any progress.”
  • The first steps of his career as a MusicPreneur.
    1. He changed his diet
    2. He joined the gym – and actually used it.
    3. He began to be money wise.
  • His goal in the early days was to establish relationships with people listening to him play on the streets of Houston, TX.
  • The Lie of Music
  • Tactics on leveraging an email list for monetization



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